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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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Rachel Corrie verdict exposes Israeli military mindset
Corrie's parents have not received justice, but their quest reveals the lie of the IDF's claim to be the world's 'most moral army'
Rachel Corrie's family – father Craig, mother Cindy and sister Sarah Corrie Simpson – at the Haifa district court where a judge ruled that Israel did not intentionally kill the pro-Palestinian activist in 2003. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA

Reporters covering Israel are routinely confronted with the question: why not call Hamas a terrorist organisation? It's a fair point. How else to describe blowing up families on buses but terrorism?

But the difficulty lies in what then to call the Israeli army when it, too, at particular times and places, has used indiscriminate killing and terror as a means of breaking Palestinian civilians. One of those places was Rafah, in the southern tip of the Gaza strip, where Rachel Corrie was crushed by a military bulldozer nine years ago as she tried to stop the Israeli army going about its routine destruction of Palestinian homes.

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