A proud Hamas rally was held recently in Gaza and this was one of the photographs taken by Reuters which accompanies their article (see Special Links). It is of course a photograph which emphasises the military dimension of Hamas and does not show the great humanitarian work that they do for their oppressed people.
I have been watching the fortunes of Hamas since they won a legitimate election and then tried to form a Government against the complete opposition of Israel, America and much of the pro-Israeli West. I have shaken my head in disbelief many, many times.
Hamas Parliamentarians have been arrested by Israel and put in jail; their money has been cut off by Israel, America and some of the West causing huge suffering to all Palestinians; and they have continued to be labelled as terrorists because they resolutely refuse to recognize Israel. Why should they?
Their spiritual leader, Sheik Yassin, (shown on the right), a cripple in a wheelchair, was assassinated by an Israeli missile. He was one of many who died in this way. Then to add insult to injury, President Abbas, a member of the losing Fatah Party, sadly, actively ingratiated himself with both Israel and the West further undermining the legitimacy and power of Hamas. Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh (shown on the left) was refused entry to Gaza by Israel because he was carrying money to ease the poverty of his people...the provocations are endless.
But the major irony is that the genesis of Hamas (and that of other legitimate Palestinian resistance groups), a group feared by Israel, has been caused by forty year of brutal occupation, imperialism and genocide by Israel in the Palestinian Territories.
The Israelis, stupidly, continue to forget what their Bible says clearly: You reap what you sow.
Israel will continue to reap a bitter harvest for generations!