Sunday, January 25, 2009

FAT CHANCE: Palestinian calls for "Gazan Winograd"

Palestinians are starting to admit that they envy some aspects of the "Zionist entity" next door. The Winograd Commission was created to investigate Israeli governmental errors in the 2006 Lebanon War. Now a Fatah-affiliated Palestinian intellectual is calling for a similar investigation into Hamas for its conduct during the recent war in Gaza.


'Let's have Gazan Winograd - for Hamas'

Scoffing at Hamas's claim that it emerged victorious from the war in the Gaza Strip, a prominent Palestinian academic and writer called on the Islamist movement to learn from the Israelis and form a Palestinian "Winograd Committee" to examine the group's performance.

"We want this commission of inquiry to be as brave and daring as the Israeli one," he wrote, in an article published on a number of Fatah-run media outlets. "We want the commission to tell us whether we have achieved a new divine victory or have added another defeat to our record."

The academic's remarks are seen in the context of a fierce war of words between Hamas and Fatah, which intensified after the military offensive ended.

Over the weekend, a number of top Fatah and Palestinian Authority representatives reiterated allegations that Hamas was stealing aid from convoys that are being dispatched to the Gaza Strip. They also accused Hamas of escalating its massive crackdown on Fatah by continuing to shoot members of the faction in the legs.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior PLO official and close adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed that Hamas had turned mosques into detention centers for interrogating and torturing Fatah activists.




He's also using the term "Gazan" instead of "Palestinian," the relevance of which I addressed in another post:



"The question now is when will we see a Gazan Winograd?" Abu Matar wrote.

"I'm deliberately saying 'Gazan' and not 'Palestinian' because this war was between Hamas, which staged a coup in June 2007 and liberated the Gaza Strip from Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, and Israel. As such, Hamas is responsible for the 1.5 million Palestinians during war and peace."

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Accusing Hamas of establishing a repressive dictatorship in the Gaza Strip, Abu Matar held Hamas responsible for the death and persecution of many Palestinians. He pointed out that some 150 Fatah members and leaders had fled to Israel a few months before the war after being targeted by Hamas.

The sad irony, he remarked, is that at a certain stage Palestinians considered the Israeli occupation to be more "merciful" than Hamas's paramilitary and much-feared Executive Force in the Gaza Strip.


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