David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

Yousef: the most honest man in Gaza

I found this quote deeply poignant:

A resident of a Hamas-dominated neighborhood, identifying himself only as Yousef for fear of reprisal by his neighbors, said Gazans would always back the winner, regardless of ideology.

"Today everybody is with Hamas because Hamas won the battle. If Fatah had won the battle they'd be with Fatah. We are a hungry people, we are with whoever gives us a bag of flour and a food coupon," said Yousef, 30. "Me, I'm with God and a bag of flour."

It's the old choice from south of the border: silver or lead. Except Hamas keeps the silver. But at least they'll let you have flour. And you can't bake bread if you're shot. Fatah prisoners were executed in large numbers; reportedly, some of them were shot in the head with rifles in front of their families. One article I read, which of course now I can't find (ETA: Aha! found it), mentioned that one fairly big Fatah guy the brother of Fatah commander Jamal Abu Jediyan was on the phone with reporters while under seige, and was quoted as asking why they were doing this -- "They're firing at us, firing RPGs, firing mortars. We're not Jews!"

Then masked Hamas thugs dragged him out and shot him in the head.

(ETA: Blogger Jules Crittenden mentioned that news item to a Jewish friend. The "We're not Jews!" thing. The friend's rejoinder to the late Abu Jediyan and brother: "Well, you are now.")

Journalist Charles Levinson is reporting from Gaza. Some pretty amazing stories; he witnessed a peace march (!) walk into a firefight (!!!) to try to stop the shooting. It went about like you'd expect.
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