Hamas refuses to acknowledge its bankruptcy in Gaza

Hamas knows nothing but murder to avoid acknowledging that it has gone bankrupt.
Sunday 24/03/2019
A Palestinian man drives a motorcycle past a mural depicting late Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and a masked fighter from the Qassam Brigades in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, March 14. (AFP)
Rocky road. A Palestinian man drives a motorcycle past a mural depicting late Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and a masked fighter from the Qassam Brigades in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, March 14. (AFP)

The crackdown on protesters in the Gaza Strip reflects the state of bankruptcy of the “Islamic Emirate” set up by Hamas in that part of the Palestinian territories.

It also reveals the intellectual bankruptcy of the Muslim Brotherhood, which does not know the first thing about politics, economics or education and is not interested in cultivating civilised facets of the Palestinian people.

Authorities in Ramallah cannot be absolved of their share of responsibility in the deterioration of the situation in Gaza either, given their disregard for Hamas and its role since before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas succeeded Yasser Arafat in 2005.

Arafat never accorded the situation in Gaza the attention it deserved, despite being aware of Hamas’s intentions since he entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing in the summer of 1994.

Arafat knew how dangerous Hamas could be but he opted not to take radical measures. This was the way he also dealt with other Palestinian factions.

The people of Gaza are paying the price of Arafat’s silence on Hamas’s behaviour and of allowing Hamas to spread weapons and chaos in the post-Oslo Accords era.

He was convinced that any intra-Palestinian conflict must be avoided, even though he said in private that Israel was behind Hamas’s creation for the purpose of finding an alternative to the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

In the absence of any clear political vision regarding Hamas by the Palestinian National Authority, Hamas was employed to strike down the Palestinian nationalist programme. After the 1993 Oslo Accords, Hamas did everything that was required of it to do so there would not be any kind of peace process left.

There are those who say Israel never wanted any kind of settlement with the Palestinians, especially when it comes to establishing a Palestinian state, but was there any justification for the suicide bombings that provided excuses and conditions for the Israeli society to veer in the direction of rejecting peace?

Because of Hamas and its actions, the competition in Israel is not between those who believe in the peace process and those who reject it but between just those who want to hold on more dearly to the occupation of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

There are three turning points that contributed to the state of affairs in the Gaza Strip. The first has to do with the chaos caused by the introduction of weapons in the strip. The second is the Israeli withdrawal from the strip in August 2005. The third was the 2007 coup in which Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip.

The common thread between those three points is the Muslim Brotherhood’s lust for power. Hamas took advantage of the power vacuum after Arafat’s death in November 2004. It became the only player in Gaza at a time when Israel had no objections to this, insofar as the Palestinian Authority was unable to shoulder its responsibilities.

Then Iran entered the fray and Hamas was no longer just a local player. It acquired a new role — pushing Israel to become more extremist and meddling in Egyptian internal affairs. In the last years of the Hosni Mubarak era, Hamas had a direct effect in Egypt. It is no secret that Hamas played a role in the release of prisoners belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood at the end of the Mubarak era.

Each phase of Hamas’s direct rule of Gaza was characterised by the absence of political or economic projects for the strip and its inhabitants. No one knows why rockets were fired from Gaza into Israeli territory when even a child is aware that Israel is capable of razing entire neighbourhoods on the heads of the poor Gazans.

Hamas has always been a tool of foreign entities. Evidence for this is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempt to transform himself into an Islamic hero in claiming to break the blockade on Gaza by sending in 2010 a flotilla of Turkish ships carrying food. Israel’s response was to raid the flotilla, killing civilians on board and the blockade continued in the absence of any international attention to the fate of the Gazans.

When a movement such as Hamas occupies Gaza and imposes a system that does not promise any way out for its people, it seems more than natural that a day will come when ordinary people looking and hoping for a better life will revolt.

The Palestinians know there is no future for them under Hamas. Hamas could not find any way to respond to the protests other than repression. The movement used fatwas by clerics such as Yunis al-Astal, who incited the killing of those participating in the demonstrations against power outages.

Yes, there is someone encouraging the killing of Gazans on the premise that Hamas represents Islam and going against Hamas means disobeying Islam.

Is there a bankruptcy greater than the one shown by a movement that says it has solutions for everything? Hamas has found out that all it can do is invest in more misery for Gazans, thus providing everything that Israel wants — nothing more, nothing less.

Since when does the killing of the people of Gaza solve any problems or help liberate Palestine from the sea to the river?

There is no doubt that Hamas has no answer to such a question, except more killings. It knows nothing but murder to avoid acknowledging that it has gone bankrupt.