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April 20, 2012

Hamas and The Forward Agree: Karl Vick Mischaracterizes Hamas

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From The Forward:

Abu Marzook was at pains to knock down suggestions in numerous media outlets that Hamas is preparing to abandon armed resistance against Israel in favor of mass popular resistance against Israeli rule.

A February 6 article by Time magazine correspondent Karl Vick about the “mainstreaming” of Hamas was one object of his disdain. In it, Vick played up comments by Meshal, who, at a November reconciliation meeting with Fatah leaders, praised the popular protests of the Arab Spring last year in Egypt and Tunisia as packing “the power of a tsunami.”

“The new government emerging in Cairo may be dominated by Islamists,” Vick wrote hopefully, “but it has pushed both sides to make up and adopt the nonviolent strategy against Israel, complete with negotiations.”

For Abu Marzook, the November meeting in Cairo meant something “completely different.” At the meeting, he said, the groups involved asked, “What kind of [activities] between us we can share together?” And mass civil resistance, it was decided, was one in which all could participate.

“We accept that,” he said. “[It] can now make reconciliation easier.” But giving up both the right and the opportunity to conduct military operations? “It doesn’t mean that,” Abu Marzook stated flatly.

Indeed, a careful look at the original Agence France Presse report from which Vick drew Meshal’s comments reveals some important remarks the Time correspondent left out. “Now we have a common ground that we can work on,” Meshal said then. But he added, “As long as there is an occupation on our land, we have the right to defend our land by all means, including military resistance.”


Posted by GI at April 20, 2012 01:04 PM

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What's all the fuss about ? All one need do to fully grasp the situation , is to read three documents The Palestinian National Charter , The Hamas Charter ,and the Hisbollah Proclaimation .

Posted by: Amused at April 20, 2012 09:25 PM

"Palestinian National Charter" may be referring to the Palestinian National Covenant, the founding document of the PLO. Not to read it now would be like not reading Mein Kampf in the 1930s.

Posted by: louis richter at April 28, 2012 05:53 AM

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