Internal Conflicts within Hamas

Hamas leadership in Damascus frequently has different views with the leaders in Gaza.

In a hasty move and red face, the commander of the Izzudin al-Qassam Brigade Ahmad al-Ja’bari and his men stormed into the office of Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyah. He spoke bluntly to Haniyah and insulted him.

He demanded a share of the funds that had been supplied to Hamas by former British MP George Galloway. Galloway has been well known as pro-Palestine activist. He has visited Gaza Strip in a convoy names Viva Palestina. Continue reading

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Mahmud Zahar: “Armed Resistance is the Best Way to Obliterate Israel”

This June is the fourth year of the Israel’s total blockade against the Gaza Strip occupied by Hamas. Actually, the isolation was imposed since the hard-liner group won the election on January 25, 2006.

Though live in desperate conditions and insecure, the founder and the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip insisted that armed resistance is the best way to expel the occupier Israel from the land of Palestine. Not by negotiation such as committed by their contender Fatah, led by the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmud Rida Abbas. Continue reading

Ahmad Yusuf: “Reconciliation is Not a Tactic to Avoid Revolution”

The reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah is on going. There are signs that the two biggest factions in Palestine move toward a peace deal. It was seemed from the commitment of the PA President Mahmud Abbas who is not willing to participate in the next election. He also showed a positive gesture by his willingness to visit the Gaza Strip.

Hamas and Fatah split since June 2007 when the national unity government was dismissed. That development followed with the Israeli blockade against the Strip which has 1.5 million populations. Continue reading

Abdul Aziz Dweik: “There Need a Regime Change in Palestine”

The Palsetinian people were anger after the release of the Palestine papers which is about the falseness from the chief negotiators, such as Saeb Erekat and Ahmad Qureia. They launched protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian leaders, included Hamas, have blamed them for the untrue story of the negotiations with Israel. Even, the chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council Abdul Aziz Dweik called for a regime change in Palestine. Continue reading

Controversy of Obama’s Nobel

By Faisal Assegaf

In fact US President Barack Hussein Obama surprised, absolutely for global society. Most likely no one in this universe has previously predicted on October 9 he will receive the Nobel Prize for Peace at his nine months in power. Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway, argued that he has done great efforts to create a world free of nuclear weapons and a better situation of international relations, especially in term of relationship between his country and the Muslim world.

It is a hasty assessment to conclude that Obama’s policy on world peace will be successful. There’s no one of those two great ideas has been emerged. Five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council added with India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, and North Korea still have nuclear power. The relationship between the US and Islam is not harmonic yet. So, definitely he also upset and the controversy of his Nobel sparked. Continue reading

Devil Pills Strike Gaza

Gaza residents addict pain killer tablet.

Gaza residents have a vacation on beach

For six weeks, Abu Ahmad like lived in another world. Not in his residence area, a district in Gaza Strip that was attacked by Israel last January. A territory was bombed with white phosphorus shells which can melt human skin and bones.

With Tramadol, this 45 year-old man could forget that he is unemployed could do was sit and drink tea or coffee. Also, he might forget his wife and ten children need humanitarian aids. “When I took it, I felt very relaxed,” said a former driver last Tuesday. Continue reading

Bride from the Gaza Tunnel

She left her mother and job for her husband.

Muhammad Warda and his wife (Der Spiegel)

After waiting for about an hour, Wednesday last week, Muhammad Warda finally met his wife in Rafah, Gaza Strip. May, 23 year-old, rose from a tunnel with her abaya and scarf full of dust and sand. “I was shocked. I felt so bad that she had gone through this ordeal for me,” the 26-year-old guy said.

The spouse engaged in an evening last July. Through Internet and webcam, ten family members of Muhammad were sitting in front of their most prized possession, a computer. “Why are you so red?” asked May to the nervous Muhammad. After asking by their parents, they agreed to wed and smiled at each other. Continue reading