hose who reject the Signs of Allah and the Meeting with Him (in the Hereafter), it is they who shall despair of My Mercy: it is they who will (suffer) a most grievous Penalty. May Allahs blessings be upon all His Prophets from Adam toHis final Messenger Muhammad (saw).
On 12 June 2007, weeks, months and years of oppressivemeasures and deliberately divisive policies culminated intoa catastrophic seismic split in Palestinian society. For thefirst time in almost 60 years, the occupation was forgottenand Palestinian turned on Palestinian. This dire situation was altogether predictable for thesimple reason that it was the direct result of Israeli and Western policy in the occupied territories, especially following the Hamas election victory of January 2006. Theeconomic siege coupled with the favouring of one sideagainst the other, was intended to sew seeds of division.Unfortunately, Fatah under Mr Abbas, aligned themselves with the occupiers and their supporters to undermine thelegitimately elected government of Hamas. This left littlechoice but for Hamas to reinstall law and order which wasseverely fractured by Mohammed Dahlan along the politicallines of Fatah.Israel sold the boycott of the Palestinians as a legitimateand necessary move in opposition to their support for aterrorist organisation. Thus, they achieved internationalbacking to starve the Palestinians and break down theirsociety. When the Unity government was formed, thesanctions did not ease at all, even though Hamas had madespectacular moves to accommodate Israel’s wishes. Thismade it clear that Israel’s actions were opportunistic ratherthan a direct response to a perceived threat.Since the Hamas/Fatah - Gaza/West Bank split,Mahmoud Abbas has formed his own government (almostunanimously accepted as being illegal by the impartialobserver), and has began ‘peace’ talks with Prime MinisterOlmert. This has led commentators to conclude that hehas, in true Fatah style, sold out the Palestinian people andtheir struggle for justice, in favour of personal gain, powerand glory. The US and Israeli response was open armed welcome, and a clear stamp of approval for the movefrom democracy to dictatorship in the Palestinian Territories.Reports which emerged in Mid-August suggested that Abbas was taking it upon himself to ensure that hisPalestinian brethren in Gaza were being denied access tothe outside world with the closing of the Rafah bordercrossing. While publicly Abbas continues to call for theborders to be opened immediately to avert further suffering in what has become a humanitarian catastrophe, in privateit is reported that he wants the border to remain firmly closed with the sole purpose of choking Hamas. While theeffects on Hamas are still not clear, what is clear is thatGaza’s 1.4 million Palestinians are all suffering and are allbut a few reliant on international aid for survival. Gaza’sindustries have all collapsed as there are no more raw materials to sustain them. The fishing industry continuesto suffer from bars on entering Gaza’s militarily monitored waters. No Palestinian in Gaza has been left unaffected by this man-made tragedy.Calls have been made by aid agencies, including theUnited Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA)for a besieged Gaza’s borders to be re-opened in order toprevent 100% reliance on aid. These calls have gone largely unheard.Further to the misery inside the Gaza Strip, hundredsof Palestinians remained trapped outside the border onthe Egyptian or Israeli side waiting desperately to get home.31 of these Palestinians have died in these inhumaneconditions, and many are ill as their travel to Egypt orIsrael was for medical treatment. Those who have diedinclude 27 year old Wael Abu Warda who died on August4 from Kidney failure while waiting at Erez crossing,separating Gaza from Israel, A twist of events at the UN clearly reflects theseriousness of this split, where the Palestinian Ambassadorto the UN himself opposed a draft Resolution proposedby Qatar and seconded by Indonesia, which expressedconcern over the humanitarian disaster intensifying in theGaza Strip. This resolution was intended to embarrass Israelinto lifting its siege on Gaza, and the Abbas government worked in collusion with Israel and the US Zionist lobby to kill the draft. They were successful, and Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour justified this disgusting behaviour on the grounds that “it is unacceptable foranyone, including friends, to act on our behalf withoutour knowledge and no one should take such initiatives without consulting us.” Thus, Gaza’s Palestinians remain imprisoned, with allnecessities in scarce supply including medicine, food,electricity, fuel, and clean water. The suffering continues in Gaza, while Abbas winesand dines with Olmert in the West Bank. This divisionbetween the Palestinians is historic, as for the first time,there has emerged a group of people who have forgottenthat their fight is against their occupiers, not each otherfor a seat of power.