- Category: International
- Created on Monday, 29 December 2008 13:19
- Written by Gary Leupp
Quick Notes from Gary Leupp (with minor moderator editing.)
Might it be good to headline this for awhile to encourage discussion of what’s happening right now in Gaza? I’m personally starved for analysis.
I understand the viciousness of the Zionist regime, and the dead-end represented by Hamas’s Sunni fundamentalism, but the timing of the Israeli assault and its attribution to Hamas missile attacks (which I don’t understand, and which anyway seem like pin-pricks)…can anyone help clarify?
what I'm asking for was not so much a line-up of forces within the Israeli state and within Palestine or projection for a solution to the national oppression of the Palestinians but rather analysis of the background to the current invasion of Gaza.
Since Hamas swept the Palestinian elections in January 2006, and then seized power in Gaza in summer 2007 (preventing Fatah from pre-empting them in a move orchestrated from Washington by Elliott Abrams), Israel has punished the 1.5 million people of the territory by converting it into a vast concentration camp.
I’m hoping for some insight into such questions as the rationale for the rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza, the role (complicity?) of Egypt in Gaza’s misery, the internal political struggles within the Palestinian national movement that affect recent resistance strategy, etc.
It would be nice to see some detailed ML/MLM analysis.
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Other questions I’d like to raise for discussion:
How did Hamas with its Sunni fundamentalist basis attain such a mass basis among the Palestinians, at the expense of secular forces? Obviously it has something to do with the reputation for and reality of corruption among Fatah and other forces within the PLO, but what happened to the more “left” and putatively ML forces and the appeal of ML and Mao etc which was strong for a time?
How did Hamas go from being (as I understand it) an Islamic alternative to a secular-left Palestinian movement funded by Mossad seed money to being the “real threat” versus a tame Palestinian Authority aligned with Washington? And how did the PA once headed by Yassir Arafat labelled a “terrorist” by a Bush administration that refused to have anything to do with him become the neocon puppet snubbed by the Palestinian electorate since 2006 it has become?
Why has Hamas apparently opted for the strategy of lobbing Qassam and Grad missiles on Israeli towns from Gaza, ineffectual though these strikes are? What is the political/military purpose? How do the Israeli counter-strikes affect Hamas’s base and the position of rival palestinian factions and the PA?
These are the kinds of questions I think communists should be discussing.