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Hamas: No Free Information on Missing Israelis
By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 13, 2015
Israel has finally officially acknowledged that two Israelis
were being held in the Gaza Strip, presumably in Hamas's custody.
Israel had hoped that Hamas would disclose information on the matter, which
would help Israel repatriate the two men in return for a non-costly price or
at no price at all.
But Hamas has acted smartly by remaining
tight-lipped on the matter for the past 12 months.
continue this wise policy as giving free information of any kind to Israel
would be self-defeating and immensely harmful for the Palestinian cause,
especially the cause of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and
resistance detainees languishing in Israeli jails and detention camps.
It is likely that Israel will ask third-parties to pressure Hamas to release
specific information on the missing Israelis as a "humanitarian gesture."
Israel could ask the Ramallah regime and/or the Sissi regime to exert
pressure on Hamas to release the missing soldiers.
firmly reject such deceptive tactics.
More to the point, Israel is
not expected to pursue this matter with the same vigor and persistence it
pursued the Shalit affair.
The reason is clear. The two missing men
are not Ashkenazi Jews. One is reportedly an Ethiopian Jew and the other one
is an Arab. Both are not considered bona fide Israelis.
And as we
all know, Arabs (even those serving in the Israeli army) and Ethiopian Jews
are placed at the very bottom of Israel's social ladder.
non-action by the Israeli government would embarrass the Zionist regime and
expose its racist nature. In fact, we have already witnessed the Ethiopian
Jewish community, which was subjected to a humiliating conversion process at
the hands of the High Rabbinate in Israel, openly accuse the Israeli regime
of racism vis-à-vis the black Ethiopians. (Talmudic authorities consider
black Africans virtual animals).
Moreover, hundreds of Ethiopians
recently took to the streets in protest against widespread racism against
black Ethiopians by official Israeli institutions, prompting Israeli
officials, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to repudiate racism.
It is imperative that Hamas exercise patience and resilience in dealing
with this matter of the missing Israelis. Israel, in dealing with us, adopts
Real Police in its most callous forms. It withholds medical care from
Palestinian prisoners. It often flagrantly re-arrests prisoners released in
the context of international agreements such as the Shalit deal.
keeps Palestinian prisoners in prison despite the expiration of their jail
terms. It keeps extending the imprisonment of "administrative detainees" for
many months and years, without charge or trial.
Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails don't actually know why they are in
For these and many other reasons, Hamas must deal with
Israel on the basis of reciprocity.
Finally, it should be made
abundantly clear that any perceived intransigence on Hamas's is not a goal
Hamas, indeed the entire Palestinian people, have many
scores to settle with Israel. Israel is continuing to blockade Gaza, open
fire on fishermen, prevent Palestinians from traveling through the Beit
Hanoon border crossing, prevent the free flow of goods and services between
Gaza and the West Bank, and bar Gazans from having their own seaport and
Israel is also deliberately impeding the reconstruction of
Gaza where 100,000 homes were destroyed and damaged during the Nazi-like
Israeli blitz last year.
These are indisputable rights not excessive
demands made by the Palestinians.
That is why, every asset
available to the Palestinians ought to be utilized to expedite these
legitimate Palestinian interests. (end)
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