June 22, 2007

Waiting Until It's Safe

From Waiting Until It's Safe:

The events in Gaza reinforce a truth about much of the so-called human rights community: they care when the villain is Israel, but are indifferent to acts of violence committed by Palestinians against Palestinians. The seizure of Gaza by Hamas is the final happening in a chain of events that began with the Oslo Accords in 1993. Israel opted to give the Palestine Liberation Organization - the Fatah faction - authority over Gaza and much of the West Bank in the hope that Yasser Arafat and his henchmen would crack down on Hamas. Arafat never complied, and Fatah focused on building personal villas on the Mediterranean Sea instead of building a nation.