Sunday, January 04, 2009
It's being reported in every story in an attempt to de-legitimatize Hamas. The truth of the matter is that the Palestinian people elected Hamas as their government but Fatah, the moderate force that had possessed the government previously, refused to let Hamas be seated in the Palestinian Authority. They refused to accept a legally elected Hamas government and refused to give up power. This lead to clashes between Hamas and Fatah that culminated in Hamas taking over Gaza from Fatah by violent force, thereby letting the people who were elected gain control. Fatah still rules the West Bank. It's a different kind of seizure if you take something that's legally your but has been denied you by both your legal opposition, your occupier, and the international community.
Posted by John Madziarczyk at 12:45 PM