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

Visit the First Five Star Hotel in Gaza

In Al-Mashtal, visitors can enjoy alcohol drink that forbidden by Hamas.


From a distance, the ten storey building looks shimmering hit by the sunlight. It’is the first five-star hotel in the Gaza City start opening. It has more than 270 modern rooms, a lagoon-style swimming pool, and an ornate, marble-filled interior.

In the middle of sorrow caused by the Israeli total blockade on the Gaza Strip for the last four years, the existence of the Al-Mashtal Hotel likes a miracle. Also, emerged a shopping center in that city last year, names the Gaza Mall. On the other side, a lot of buildings destroyed caused by the Israeli aggression in December 2008 until January 2009. Continue reading

Usamah Hamdan: “The UN is Weak Because Can’t Pressure Israel”

Perhaps, a servant in a restaurant near the lobby of the Sultan Hotel accidentally showed the list of alcohol drinks, include wine, to the leader of Hamas in Libanon, Usamah Hamdan. He insisted to refuse them. “I couldn’t drink this because I am a muslim,” said the thick beard man.

Then, the servant opened a new page of the menu booklet that consists of the list of juices. Hamdan who headed Hamas representative in Libanon since 1999 requested orange juice because the pineapple was not available. Continue reading

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