While tens of thousands of people are expected to march against Israel in Europe today and tomorrow – and in Washington, D.C. tomorrow – maybe they would care to spend a little time noticing what the Palestinians have been up to since Israel withdrew from “occupied Gaza” almost two years ago.
This just out from the AP:
Medics at a northern Gaza Strip hospital walked off their jobs for a few hours Saturday to protest the kidnapping and shooting of a doctor by Palestinian militants… Dr. Fayez al-Barrawi, a known Hamas supporter, was blindfolded, handcuffed and shot six times in the legs, including a kneecap, and then tossed on the street. Hamas has said Fatah militants were behind the kidnapping.
Al-Barrawi worked at Beit Hanoun hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. Hundreds of Hamas and Fatah supporters have been kidnapped in recent months by rival gunmen. The treatment of the hostages, who are usually released after a few hours, has become increasingly harsh, and captives are often shot in the legs. Militants have also used hospital rooftops and grounds as firing points, prompting their rivals to fire upon hospitals, threatening staff and patients.
Meantime even the infamous Wafa Amr, Chief Palestinian Correspondent for Reuters, quotes a Palestinian legislator who says that Palestinians are: “so fed up with the armed groups ‘they now wish the Israeli occupation would take over in Gaza or hope for the return of Jordanian rule in the West Bank’ to get rid of them.”
Does anyone plan a march to demand that Hamas and Fatah (which together make up the Palestinian “national unity” government) actually govern under democratic norms?