Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Clashes in Gaza: Whose Fault?
In her article about the armed clashes in Gaza between militias of Fateh and Hamas, Amira Hass draws attention back to the occupation which provides the context for such clashes. But she also sees Palestinian agency in the matter and rightly faults "the cult of armed men and weapons, which has spread in Palestinian society and has silenced any attempt to discuss the huge damage the use of weapons has caused the struggle against the Israeli occupation."
I agree. That's why I believe an interrogation of militaristic rhetoric and ideology is a necessary part of any serious self-critique we Palestinians are going to engage in. Blaming Dahlan alone doesn't take us far.