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|The Islamic Movement and the Future of Palestine|
|07/18/01 at 05:00:13|
|The Islamic Movement and the Future of Palestine |
Published Tuesday July 17, 2001
By Anisa Abd el Fattah
"The media, in both East and West, which have been shaping the public's view of the players in this latest Palestinian drama, has done all that it can to ignore, or minimize the fact that the Islamic resistance movement in Palestine is a viable and long-term player. In spite of calls for the elimination of the movement, if history is an indicator of what to expect in the future, the Islamic Resistance movement in Palestine will survive this most recent call for its disassembly. It will survive, not because its enemies will end their attempts to eliminate it through arbitrary arrests, illegal detainment, circumvention of due process, torture and murder, but because the resistance movement, like the idea of a Jewish State exists not in the land, but in the hearts of the people. It is an idea. It is an idea about freedom. But unlike the Jewish State, it does not have any requirement so far as race, religion, or nationality. It is open to all. Neither bombs nor bullets can reach it. Prisons cannot contain it. Its influence expands like a creeping vine, rooted in the universal consensus that all people should be free and equal. Only the Islamic movements have inspired the people, and presented hope that can become the herald of change in the occupied territories, reawakening the positive aspirations of the Palestinian people with programs designed not only to alleviate their hardships, but to guide them toward self-sufficiency and self determination."
In an article entitled, "There are no Cheap Wars" by Uzi Benziman, published by Ha'aretz, July 8, 2001, the author says, "the political lobby for bringing the violent conflict with the Palestinians to a military decision is well known; it is led by the settlers and their right-wing representatives in the government-not only Avigdor Lieberman, Rehvam Ze'evi and Natan Shranksy, but also a large number of the Likud ministers." According to Benziman, "there's a clear majority among the decision makers now in favor of going to war". Benziman goes further to say, "The logic behind the concept is that the state cannot absorb more and more victims of terrorism, that the current methods of fighting Palestinian murders are not effective enough, that the IDF's deterrent capabilities must be proven once again to the Palestinian people and leadership and to the entire Arab world lest Israel end up bleeding forever and becoming weaker and weaker. Behind the demand to declare real war on the Palestinians is also the assumption that a major military blow will return tranquility to the state and end ,the 10-month nightmare of terror."
Jerusalem became a topic of discussion at this summit, even though Israel continued to complain that Arafat had not kept his end of the deal to thoroughly eliminate the Islamic resistance movement, a precondition to final status negotiations for obvious reasons.
(My emphasis. Interesting huh? Rein in the Islamic movement. Inshallah it won't be.)
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