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Is Abbas Israel’s lawyer?


Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has vehemently rejected Hamas demands that only Palestinian and Egyptian authorities be allowed to  run the Rafah border crossing.

“We will not accept any new conditions; they (Hamas) have to go back to the old border-crossing agreement. We are  more interested in the Palestinian people’s interests than Hamas is. If Hamas is really for them as well, let them comply with this agreement.”

Well, does Abbas really know what he is talking about?  Indeed, as the Arab proverb goes, if he knows,  it is a  real calamity, and if he doesn’t, it is even a greater calamity.”

I am saying this because the old agreement governing operations at  the Rafah Border-Crossing enables Israel, the country that has been trying to decimate 1.5 million Gazans by way of starving them,  to have the final say as to when the border terminal may be opened and when it will be closed.

Ben Heine, Tlaxcala

We all remember how thousands of Palestinians,  including students, patients, pilgrims  and other travelers, were left stranded on the Egyptian side of the border for weeks and months because an Israeli officer on the Israeli side  of the border  decided to keep these helpless victims hostage to his whims and cannibalistic instincts.

In fact, this wicked  sadism, which Mr. Abbas is defending doggedly now, was responsible for the death of dozens of Palestinians who were left stranded in the desert, as if they were animals, not human beings. Go back to relevant reports describing the plight of stranded Gazans  and you will understand what I am talking about.

How did Israel manage to keep the border-crossing closed most of the days of the year? Well, it was very simple. According to the “wonderful” agreement Abbas is now demanding that Hamas accept unconditionally,  the Rafah border terminal can’t be operational unless in the presence of EU monitors. But the monitors themselves, who hail from several EU countries and some of them may well be working for the Israeli Intelligence,   are based in the small Israeli kibbutz of Kerem Shalom,  a few miles away  from the border terminal. And according to the infamous  agreement, they  can’t  have a free  access  to the border terminal unless  they  receive  beforehand a daily permit from the Israeli army.

For its part, the Israeli army, acting on instructions from the  government, would simply  and routinely declare  the only road from Kerem Shalom to the Rafah border terminal a close military zone in order to keep the border-crossing closed. Of course, the army would concoct “security reasons” to justify the virtually perpetual closure, but everyone , including the Israelis themselves,  know  quite well that genuine security considerations have very little to do with the Israeli measures and that the real motive is to punish and torment the Palestinians.

As mentioned, this flagrant abuse of authority  was not done one day or two days or even ten days per month. This was the norm, the modus operandi,  and the border crossing was kept closed 26 or even 29 days per month, causing tremendous suffering to the Palestinians.

It was a deliberate and calculated process intended  to torment, savage, brutalize and humiliate the people of Gaza, and it was all done under the rubric of an “international agreement.”

The EU leadership and member-states knew well what was going on at Kerem Shalom. But they were too morally dishonest  and too subservient to Israel and the United States to show any meaningful  objection to  Israel’s  systematic persecution of a helpless people whose men, women  and children are clinging to life just as many of the Jewish  inmates at Ghetto Warsaw did nearly 67 years ago.

So, I would like to ask Abbas and his aides and hangers-on who talk too much and make so much noise, claiming to serve the vital interests of the Palestinian people:

How do you  think that re-allowing Israel to control the Rafah border- crossing would serve the interests of the Palestinian people? Are you drunk? Are you stupid? Are blind? Are you  ignorant?

Besides,  why do you think that  Israel should be involved in running the Rafah border- crossing in the first place? Isn’t the border crossing an exclusively  Egyptian-Palestinian crossing? Didn’t Israel declare that it ended its occupation of the Gaza Strip? Has not the Zionist regime been saying ad nauseam that it is no longer responsible for Gaza? If so, why do you insist that the slave master remain the ultimate decision-maker, the ultimate boss? This is sickening, to say the least and it shows a kind of umbilical subservience on your part  to the nefarious occupiers.

Ben Heine, Tlaxcala

I realize that there are problems between Fatah and Hamas. However,  betraying the Palestinian people and undermining their vital  interests for the purpose of weakening Hamas and  appeasing Israel and pleasing Washington borders on treason, pure and simple.

What else can be said of and about  clinging to an  unconscionable agreement that allows the evil occupiers to imprison, torment and humiliate us with impunity…because the “agreement” says so.

Well, the agreement may go to hell along with those who signed it.

In short, Hamas is right a  hundred per cent. The Rafah border crossing must be jointly run exclusively by the Palestinian and Egyptian authorities. And the Ramallah regime may, if it wants,  take part in managing the border terminal, as part of an overall reconciliation process between Gaza and Ramallah.

However, brining Israel into the picture is unacceptable. The people of Gaza have suffered  more than enough at the hands of Israel. Their murderer  and tormentor must never be allowed to be jailer  as well.

Is Abbas going to understand this? I doubt it.

Source: submitted by author

Original article published on February 1st, 2008

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