By Stuart Littlewood –

Can the resistance exploit the fake talks, re-position itself and finally “come good”?


Hamas “vows to step up attacks on Israel”, say reports in the western media.

Reading further, we learn that this escalation is either “a natural response to the crimes of the occupation” or a spiteful reaction to being left out of the talks.

Either way, Hamas surely knows better than to let such crude impressions be formed.

This is their golden opportunity. The eyes and ears of the world are focused on the Israel problem, and will re-focus every two weeks.

Instead of hurling threats of more violence, which only serve to reinforce opinion that Hamas is a terrorist organization, the words and deeds of the resistance movement should be carefully chosen to harmonize with the West’s values and beliefs.

This is Hamas’s chance to ‘educate’ the rest of the world as to the truth about the evil that stalks the Holy Land. It is perhaps a final window of opportunity to define the massive, decades-old injustice accurately.

For example, Hamas could have said:

“Israel doesn’t have a monopoly on security and we Palestinians are equally entitled to feel safe… Armed Jewish squatters terrorize Palestinian families, menace our children, damage crops, poison our water and often cause fatal harm… Therefore any armed squatter on Palestinian soil risks the same fate as an armed Palestinian found in Israel.”

Yes, call them what they are: squatters. ‘Settlers’ is too nice a word, suggesting peaceful intent when their motives are anything but. Israel’s foreign minister is a squatter, which speaks volumes about Netanyahu’s gangster government.

Produce a continuously updated, easily digested fact sheet showing the scale and enormity of Israel’s crimes and how the stench clings to regime’s misguided supporters.

The world needs reminding how the refusal by that delinquent duo – Obama and Netanyahu – to sit down with democratically elected Hamas tramples on everyone’s democratic principles, not just the Palestinians’, and how their contemptuous attitude disqualifies them from ever again preaching democracy to others.

The same goes for Tony Blair and his protégé Lady Ashton, both unelected meddlers who have wheedled their way into powerful positions – she as EU foreign minister and he as peace envoy (no, don’t laugh) of the so-called Quartet (no, you really mustn’t laugh). Both studiously avoid contact with the Palestinians’ elected leaders even when visiting their territory, showing not only the appalling manners now commonplace among western political ‘élites’ but the conspiratorial enslavement of the western alliance.

Here is part of Netanyahu’s pre-dinner speech at White House on the eve of the talks

“I came here today to make peace. I didn’t come here today to play a blame game…  I know the grief that has afflicted so many families who have lost their dearest loved ones. Only yesterday four Israelis, including a pregnant women — a pregnant woman — and another woman, a mother of six children, were brutally murdered by savage terrorists. And two hours ago, there was another terror attack. And thank God no one died. I will not let the terrorists block our path to peace, but as these events underscore once again, that peace must be anchored in security.

“We left Lebanon, and we got terror. We left Gaza, and we got terror once again. We want to ensure that territory we’ll concede will not be turned into a third Iranian-sponsored terror enclave armed at the heart of Israel — and may I add, also aimed at every one of us sitting on this stage.

“This is why a defensible peace requires security arrangements…”

You can see how he paints his false scenario, claiming not to play the blame game while proceeding to do exactly that, weaving a tissue of lies, playing the beloved family card, demonizing Iran (as always) and seeking to justify his ultimate objective – a tight, permanent military stranglehold on the Holy Land.

Alternative, parallel peace talks?

What of George Mitchell, whose high reputation has allowed him to play possibly the most sinister part of all in the ‘talks’ pantomime without so far attracting hostile comment. His insistence that there is “no role” for Hamas at the peace table is at odds with the much-acclaimed Northern Ireland resolution he often refers to, where ‘terrorists’ Sinn Fein were eventually invited to talks and this led to peace (of sorts). Sinn Fein now plays a full part in the political process.

This is where Mitchell comes unstuck. One can only conclude that barring Hamas means peace in Palestine is not the objective, nor has it ever been. If he wanted to retain his heroic image he should have turned down his latest starring role in Middle East skulduggery.

So what is the fundamental problem? Well, people all over the world are beginning to understand that the delinquent duo and their pet quisling are puppets of the most craven kind, who wet their pants at the very thought of upsetting the pro-Israel lobby, a small fraction of a small tribe that accounts for just 2.2 percent of the US population and who, along with their hundreds of stooges in Congress, are allowed to call the shots.

Not one of them – not even the Palestinians’ unrepresentative representative – either before or after the talks, acknowledged the binding decisions of the United Nations. They seem determined to ignore the internationally agreed position.

Their pantomime, however, is not receiving rave reviews and actually does the Palestinians a big favour by setting the scene for Hamas to turn the tables on their tormentors. With the co-operation of well-wishers and all who value freedom, they could bring about a public relations coup.

Will they seize the moment?

From now on, Hamas would do well to always link their words, actions and demands to established law, human rights declarations and UN recommendations, and press forward their equal entitlement to security, in order to show that their aims and aspirations are no different from the values of all decent citizens of the world.

They could even consider setting up alternative, parallel peace talks to ridicule the US-Israel-Fatah axis and to produce an alternative, parallel final status solution based on justice… just for fun, or maybe as a serious counterpoint.

Hamas would also do well to frame their case in a manner that allows others, outside the Holy Land, to sympathize and feel persuaded that it’s time they were welcomed into the mainstream.

It is part of the re-positioning and re-branding process one hoped had already begun. But judging from those threats to step up violence they haven’t yet made a start.

This is a disappointment considering the hopes of so many are pinned on Hamas coming good.

Stuart Littlewood is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. For further information please visit www.radiofreepalestine.co.uk

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  1. Debbie on the 05. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Obama and the cast of puppets are pleased with the “Peace conference.” A cast of parrots, performing a charade. Nothing will come of this farce. It is a farce, and must be constantly referred to as such.

    Truth works in propaganda just as effectively as a lie, if used as effectively as a lie and told and retold until it becomes accepted as true and factual.

  2. Rehmat on the 06. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Currently, the western media is presenting the leader of Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas, as a Palestinian Gandhi, who is preaching non-violent protest against the brutal Jewish occupation of Palestine. He is projected as a ‘negotiating partner’ and an alternative to Palestinian Islamic Resistance, Hamas, the elected government in Gaza. Hamas is blamed for carrying out ‘terrorism (military resistance)’ against Israelis in the occupied Palestine, in an effort to reclaim the land stolen from them by the foreign Jews. Recently, Abbas told the demonstrators in Bilin to continue their non-violent protests. During his yatra (pilgrimage) to India in October 2008 – Abbas called India “a democracy and a role model” for the Palestinian resistance. “India maintains special relations with all the countries in our region including the state of Israel and can do a lot to push forward the peace process,” Abbas told PTI in an interview before leaving for New Delhi. Gandhi, eventually became the victim of his own Hindu religious communalists who realized that he is no use to them anymore. The fate may fall on Abbas, too, once USrael realizes that he cannot deliver mor the Zionist entity…….


  3. Dawoodi Morkas on the 06. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Hamas is a legitimately elected representative of the Palestinian people.

    Abbas who had mandate for a term, which he should have himself ended when Hamas their political rivals were elected to power, opted to be in the office till his period ended two years ago on the behest of the West, and now after two years of the end of his tenure is negotiating a deal for the safety of Israel and for the detriment of the Palestinian people. What about Palestinians safety ? Can such a man be accepted as the leader of Palestine? No!!! Not at all.

    What ever is the out come of the White House sittings, it must be realized, that unless Hamas endorses the agreement, it will not be more then the piece of paper it is written on.

    Give legitimate peace a chance. The Photo sessions will not bring about peace at all.

    Palestine is the lands of the Arabs. Be they Jews, Muslims Christians or residents from any other religion.

    The West wants democracy on that land. The democratically elected representative for the time being is Hamas. If the West wants a separate Democratic dispensation for the Palestinian people in which the minority rules, then it will have to go to their own people for the reform in their electoral college.

  4. Israeli on the 08. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    “Poison our water”; “Drinking our blood”;

    As of Hamas.
    Hamas’ main goal is destruction of Israel and it is in state of war with Israel.
    So, when people of Gaza democratically elected Hamas they voted for war.

    You got what you vote for, you know.

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