Thursday, September 06, 2007
The Lion and the Rats, a Hamaswood Production
This video is causing much anger among Fateh supporters. But I don't think you need to be a Fateh supporter to be offended by this "narrative." My favorite touch is how the "Fateh rats" take the veil off the face of a munaqqaba! When did that happen? And when did Fateh burn books? Wasn't it the Hamas book lovers who banned and destroyed thousands of copies of Speak Bird, Speak Again?
When the lion squashed the rats and Gaza bloomed, a Palestinian flag was raised. Not the Hamas flag. I guess they learned how offensive it was to take down the Palestinian flag to raise their flag instead as they did when they took over Gaza. So this is a correction, it seems.
The most amazing touch was the characterization of the conflict with Fateh as the MAIN conflict: Israel is dealt with easily; it's no longer the issue (represented as a bone the lion flicks aside contemptuously). It's Fateh or the Dahlan who are the main trouble, the dangerous one.
Now that is a dangerous idea.