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Israeli Collective Punishment Won't Weaken
Hamas and the Palestinian People
By Khaled Amayreh
in occupied Palestine
PIC, [ 02/07/2014 - 01:53 PM ]
Hamas is not a building that can be knocked out by a laser-guided
missile or demolished by a huge army bulldozer, nor is it a tree that
can be uprooted anytime. Hamas is an idea thoroughly encapsulated in the
hearts of millions of people who won't give in to oppression and brute
Ever since the formal appearance of the Palestinian
Islamic liberation group, known by its Arabic acronym as Hamas, Israeli
leaders have been making recalcitrant threats against the Islamic
In 1991, in one cold night, former Israeli Prime
Minister Isaac Rabin deported 415 Palestinian intellectuals, college
professors, mosque preachers and other Islamic activists to Marj
az-Zuhur in Southern Lebanon.
The draconian measure, taken
following the death of a Jewish settler at the hands of Palestinian
resistance guerillas, was meant to eradicate Hamas and deal a stunning
blow to the Palestinian society.
However, a year later, the
deportees returned home and Hamas, consequently, grew phenomenally
stronger in terms of its popularity in the eyes of the Palestinian, Arab
and Muslim public opinion.
Indeed, every time Israel threatens
Hamas with eradication and annihilation, Palestinians rally around it
and resiliently absorb wave after wave of Israeli terror inflicted on
mainly innocent people.
This time is not going to be any
Israel destroyed tens of thousands of Palestinian
homes for a variety of reasons. But the criminal practice utterly failed
to make the people accept the fait accompli.
itself grew stronger and more popular whereas its Palestinian political
foes and opponents suffered by losing public support.
Palestinians simply admire those who resist the Nazi-like Israeli
occupation. Similarly, they immensely contempt and look down on
those who compromise national dignity even for the purpose of reaching
precarious political accommodations with the decades-old occupation
In the course of its unrelenting attempts to subjugate
Palestinians and liquidate their enduring just cause, Israel resorted
and continues to resort to every conceivable act of repression and
Indeed, in addition to the sinister
practice of blowing up homes, Israel routinely resorted and continues to
resort to cold-blooded murder of Arab children, bombing civilian
neighborhoods, using state-of-the-art of the American technology of
death, and imposing hermetic blockades on towns and entire regions for
the express purpose of starving people.
In the past decade
alone, Israel murdered more than 380 Palestinian children, knowingly and
deliberately. This was done by the very country that leaves no stone
unturned whenever a Jewish settler living on a land that doesn't belong
to him is killed.
This is a country whose religious leaders
declare rather unashamedly that the lives of non-Jews have no sanctity
One of the most criminal forms of repression meted
out to the Palestinians in the occupied territories is the manifestly
unjustified detention of Palestinians, occasionally for 10 years or
more, without charge or trial.
The harsh practice, widely
condemned by human rights groups around the world, is intended to break
the Palestinian people's will to reject and resist the entrenched
None the less, it is amply clear that no matter how
hard Israel is trying to emulate the most nefarious regimes in the
world, past and present, the cause of Palestinian resistance remains
The reason is very simple: In the final analysis, the
resistance is an "effect" not a "cause," (the cause is the enduring
dehumanizing Nazi-like occupation) and all Israel's efforts to eradicate
the "effect" while leaving the "cause" intact have failed and are bound
to fail in the future.
Today, Israeli leaders are making all
sorts of hysterical threats against the Palestinians, regurgitating past
threats which failed to make Palestinians reconsider their rejection of
As usual, Israelís brutal terrorism transcends
reality. It is intended to inflict maximum physical and emotional pain.
But this repression, which is directed mainly against innocent
people, is not going to subjugate the Palestinians. Another home will be
built in place of a demolished one. But the immense hatred for Israel
and its diabolical policies and practices will have a lasting place in
the heart of every man, woman and child.
I listened to Um Amer
Abu Eisha, whose home was blown up by the Israeli army yesterday on the
mere suspicion that her son may have been involved in the abduction and
subsequent death of the three Israeli settlers.
She said her
family would rebuild their home adding that she would make sure to
inculcate the spirit of Jihad and resistance in all her children and
The woman's words are more eloquent than all the
Israeli leaders' ranting and raving about terror.
As to Hamas,
it will get stronger and stronger mainly because Israeli oppression of
Palestinians continues unabated.
Hamas is not a building that
can be knocked out by a laser-guided missile or demolished by a huge
menacing army bulldozer, nor is it a tree that can be uprooted. Hamas is
an idea thoroughly encapsulated in the hearts of millions of people who
won't give in to oppression and brute force
Israel can destroy
homes and buildings as it has always been doing; Israel can always swell
its jails and concentration camps with innocent people like the Nazis
did 70 years ago.
But neither Israel nor her guardian ally, the
U.S., can possibly control people's hearts. This is the reason Hamas
can't be destroyed.
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