header image
Home arrow Palestinian Elections arrow On Hamas Victory
On Hamas Victory PDF Print E-mail
Feb 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM
by Dr. Eyad El Sarraja
[Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, February, 2006]
“Palestine was hit with a powerful political Tsunami which has the promise of dramatically changing the Middle East and beyond. This is the first time ever that an Islamic movement rises to power in the Arab world and in very peaceful and clean democratic elections. The religion part contribution to victory was not more than 15%, the rest was a beating vote against the Authorities and Fatah for their dismal record on all fronts and a defiant call against the Israeli occupation and the American policies.

The fight was between Hamas and Fatah with extreme polarisation. The rest of competitors were almost neglected. Many big names in all local constituencies lost their seats. Barghouti who was sure of winning 12 seats got only 2 and Hanan Ashrawi list won only two seats. My list did not score much as expected any way. But the crushing defeat of Fatah has made other losses incomparable.

Hamas now is challenged by its history in order to enter the future...”

Read full article...

<Previous   Next>
Dichter cancels U.K. trip over fears of 'war crimes' arrest
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent
Haaretz.
Dec. 6, 2007

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter canceled a trip to Britain over concerns he would be arrested due to his involvement in the decision to assassinate the head of Hamas' military wing in July 2002.

Fifteen people were killed in the bombing of Salah Shehade's house in Gaza, among them his wife and three children, when Dichter was head of the Shin Bet security service. He is the first minister to have to deal with a possible arrest.

Dichter was invited to take part in a conference by a British research institute on "the day after" Annapolis. He was supposed to give an address on the diplomatic process.
Dichter contacted the Foreign Ministry and sought an opinion on the matter, among other reasons because of previous cases in which complaints were filed in Britain and arrest warrants were issued on suspicion of war crimes by senior officers who served during the second intifada.

The Foreign Ministry wrote Dichter that it did not recommend he visit Britain because of a high probability that an extreme leftist organization there would file a complaint, which might lead to an arrest warrant. The ministry also wrote that because Dichter was not an official guest of the British government, he did not have immunity from arrest.

Read full article...

Who's Online
We have 7 guests online