Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hamas

The elections in Palestine aren't surprising.

Sure, it was a surprise that Hamas actually won all these seats but, thinking about it retrospectively, it really isn't all that much of a shock.

I see the victory of Hamas as being less about actual support for Hamas and more a response to the brutality of the Israeli occupation.

Fatah is perceived as being reformist and soft, Hamas, which shoots people and is involved with suicide bombing, is perceived as being strong and uncompromising.

All I'm saying is that if democracy is something which measures popular sentiment, if the Israelis wanted something less than Hamas to legitimately win these elections the state of Israel and the Israeli army should have been less brutal in their dealings with the Palestinians.
You harvest what you sow, essentially, and in this case the harvest of a violent party getting popular support was produced by the sowing of violence and racism and exclusion, colonization, committed against the Palestinians for a very long period of time.

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