Sunday, June 24, 2007

Israel Shows Mercy, Again...

This type of report will not be seen on the mainstream media.
I picked this up at

Most of the stories of Hamas brutality are not reported by frightened Gaza journalists, but the refugees that have been brought into Israel for medical treatment are now speaking freely. Here are just a few personal reports:

Fatan al-Hinawi, 9, was hospitalized in the children's ward of Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv after being wounded in Gaza. A bullet punctured her side, hit her spine, bowels, a kidney and came out the other side, hitting her arm. Al-Hinawi is one of five Palestinians, three of them children, who were caught in Hamas-Fatah cross fire and taken to Ichilov. Some are in serious condition and the staff at Ichilov Hospital, one of Israel's best hospitals, is giving them the best of care.

Shadi, a 23-year-old policemen, was attacked by Hamas gunmen a week ago. "There were five of them. They stood over me and shot my legs from the knee down. One of them put his Kalashnikov to my head. Instinctively I moved the barrel aside and the bullet hit my hand," Shadi told Haaretz yesterday. He arrived at Ichilov Hospital in critical condition with one leg amputated and the other leg crushed.

Later yesterday, Zecharia Alrai, 39, an officer in Fatah's elite Force 17 commando unit, arrived. He had been abducted by four Hamas gunmen a week ago. They loaded him into a jeep and drove him to an isolated spot, where they shot three bullets into his leg and dumped him. "That's not Islam. That's evil and hypocrisy. How ironic that Israel is rescuing us from our Muslim 'brothers,'" he said.

No mainstream news source has reported the clear truth about the Fatah-Hamas 'war'--there wasn't any. Fatah never fought. Whether the cause was conspiracy or not, two facts are certain: 1) The enormous resources provided to Fatah to fight Hamas in Gaza were essentially unused and are now in the hands of Hamas to attack Israel. 2) Enormous resources are now being provided to Fatah to fight Hamas in the West Bank.

Fatah never fought. Gaza was essentially handed over to Hamas.

Increasingly, stories are circulating from Fatah soldiers who felt abandoned by their leadership, as well as betrayed. From the very beginning of the fighting, the Fatah leadership in Gaza disintegrated and there were no decisive directives issued from Ramallah.

Some Fatah gunmen who have made it into Israel are saying that they suspect a decision was made by Abbas in Ramallah at the beginning of the Hamas agression to surrender Gaza to Hamas without a fight. Why? They were after something more expedient to their political plans.

These Fatah soldiers say, 'Look at the situation that Abbas, Israel and the US were in just before this Hamas takeover. All three were trapped in a seemingly impossible mess as Palestinian infighting increased, living conditions in Gaza went from bad to worse, and the diplomatic "peace process" was as good as dead. With the Palestinian territories now split in two, the US, Israel and Abbas suddenly have an opportunity to move forward, without having to entertain any compromise with Hamas. At least, this is how the betrayed soldiers see it.

Certainly other factors also came into play but the virtual surrender of Fatah to Hamas in Gaza last week is at the very least more than odd, given the vast resources that had been supplied to them by the US.