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No Promise, No Hope?

Danielle Ni Dhighe • 23 March 2004

The Zionist state's assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin was not just an attack on Hamas, it was an attack on the Palestinian people, even those who disagreed with the tactics of Hamas.

Secular leftist groups like the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which doesn't support the religious goals of Hamas and has been openly critical of their suicide bombings, have condemned his murder, as have moderates opposed to the armed struggle. Rather than demoralising Palestinians, this action has instead united all shades of political opinion in Palestine in condemnation.

Whenever violence has ebbed in the past, Ariel Sharon has always ordered provocative actions designed to incite further violence. That was no doubt again the case this time. It was reported that even some within Sharon's cabinet were opposed to this action, as was the head of Shin Bet.

As for the citizens of the Zionist state, are they really safer now? No, of course they're not. Sharon certainly didn't have their best interests at heart when he ordered this action. Like the citizens of Spain recently did, perhaps they should hold him accountable for the inevitable response from Hamas.

Anas Altikriti, president of the Muslim Association of Britain, was quoted as saying that "the murder of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is a turning point in the history of the struggle of a people. Alas, it is not a turning point that brings promise or hope." That's true for people on both sides.


Copyright 2004 by Danielle Ni Dhighe. All Rights Reserved. May be reposted as long as the above attribution and copyright notice are retained. The article represents the personal opinion of the author.




















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