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Hamas: A Discussion PDF Print E-mail
Feb 05, 2006 at 12:00 AM
Michael Enright interviews Amos Oz and Azzam Tamimi [CBC Radio, The Sunday Edition, February 5, 2006]
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Enright speaks with Amos Oz, Israeli novelist, about his latest work “How To Cure A Fanatic” and about his reaction to Hamas’ victory in the Palestinian elections; then with Professor Azzam Tamimi, who was born in the West Bank city of Hebron and is a Hamas supporter.

“In the aftermath of the stunning Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections, all sides are moving carefully. The United States is threatening to cut off all aid to the Palestinians and Hamas unless it renounces its intention to destroy Israel. A former Israeli Prime Minister compares the Hamas victory to the election of Adolf Hitler in 1933. There is turmoil in Gaza and the West Bank as supporters of the opposition Fatah party, the party of Yassir Arafat, storm the Palestinian parliament. And a Hamas leader says his group would sign a peace treaty if Israel withdraws to the pre-1967 boundaries and releases all Palestinians in Israeli jails. In other words, politics, once again, being played out in a cloud of fear, uncertainty, determination and frustration...”

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Women's Boat to Gaza Captured

Zaytouna-Oliva Women Deported
Details Emerge about the Capture

Messina, Italy:  All 13 of the women on the Women’s Boat to Gaza are currently in the process of deportation after being captured by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and detained in a prison at Ashdod. Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the deportation was much quicker than in prior flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception.”

According to early reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was surrounded by two warships along with four to five smaller naval boats. The IDF gave warning to the Zaytouna-Oliva to stop their course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least 7 IDF members, both male and female, boarded the Zaytouna-Oliva and commandeered the sailboat. This happened in international waters.

In the course of their capture, the women persisted in telling the IDF that Israel’s interception of their boat was illegal and that they were being taken against their will to Israel. 

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