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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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Opinion: Coronavirus Confirmed in Gaza: This Is What Israel Must Do – Now

The identification of the first two cases of coronavirus in Gaza is a frightening moment for its inhabitants. But there are immense legal and moral ramifications for Israel, the occupying power

The first two cases of the coronavirus have now been confirmed in the Gaza Strip, with those individuals reportedly entering Gaza through Egypt, having traveled from Pakistan. 

This is an incredibly frightening development, with potentially devastating consequences for those living in the enclave. If COVID-19 spreads in Gaza, and particularly if it spreads across the territory, the ramifications are absolutely immense for both Gazans - but also for Israel as an occupying power. 

This is a long-overdue time of reckoning for Israel. It must finally step up and accept responsibility for its imprisonment of two million human beings for almost 13 years. Israel has acted with almost complete disregard for Gazans’ basic human rights without expecting considerable repercussions, for the people of Gaza, but also for itself. The situation in Gaza is grave and has been for a long time, but with COVID-19 there is the potential for it to become far worse.

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