Let’s talk about the flawed Goldstone Report. Israel claims it is biased, and upon reflection I find I now have to agree with Israel. Yeah, you’re thinking I’ve been converted by Zionist hasbara, but rest assured I have not. However, it is “biased”, but the bias is not against Israel, but instead it is biased against FATAH. Here’s why:
PREFACE: NOTE THAT I AM TAKING THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE POSITION HERE TO PROVE A POINT THAT IS IGNORED IN THE MEDIA AND BY ISRAEL AND THE USA. IN ORDER TO POINT OUT A HUGE DOUBLE STANDARD:
Cast your mind back to the Gaza genocide. Most of us were focused on the mass murder of Palestinian civilians and children. But upon reflection, I suddenly remembered something many may have forgotten about. During the invasion it was not only HAMAS fighting against the invaders who were dropping DIME missiles and White Phosphorous on the civilian population, but there were “others” targeting Israel with rockets as well. And some of those “others” were SURPRISE…… FATAH’s armed wing, the Al Aqsa Brigades. For those not aware of this, make note that the Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigade is HAMAS’s military wing; the Al Aqsa Brigade is FATAH’s military wing. So, why is FATAH not being listed as a terrorist group the same as HAMAS? Or the better question is why are HAMAS not accepted with the same rights and respectibility as FATAH. Both were legally elected, both have armed military wings that attack Israel, yet, only ONE is excluded from the Goldstone report and only ONE is viewed as legitimate. Moreover, why is HAMAS excluded from participation with any peace negotiations or rightful recognition as a governing body, legally elected, if the same is not applied to FATAH?? See the bias there folks? Here’s a wee memory refresher from January 21st 2009:
The rockets fired by Palestinian militants into southern Israel throughout the 22-day war in Gaza and in the weeks leading up to the devastating Israeli operation have stopped. The cease-fire declared by Hamas is holding.Wow, now there’s a defence for you! Would the US and Israel be so willing to accept a statement like that from HAMAS? FATAH claims it can’t control its military wing so therefore it’s not responsible for anything it does, and then he follows up by saying this:
But while the Hamas movement and its weapons caches were Israel's primary target throughout the offensive, numerous militant groups fought alongside Hamas against Israeli soldiers, including a splinter faction of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the armed wing of the Fatah Party, according to a senior Fatah official in Damascus.
Last week, several other Palestinian factions in Damascus issued a statement refusing "any security arrangements that affect the resistance and its legitimate right to struggle against the occupation." The coalition was composed of representatives of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, Al Saiqa, the Popular Struggle Front, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Palestinian Liberation organization, Fatah's "Intifada" faction, and a number of other Palestinian factions.
Leaders of the secular Fatah Party that controls the PA say the group bears no responsibility for its members in the armed wing fighting in Gaza, according to the group's representative in Damascus, Sameer Rifai. He says that a faction of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has been acting without the consent of the leadership
But adds that they were engaged in a "legitimate form of defense." "The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are a part of the Palestinian people in Gaza," he says. "They are defending their homes, their lives, and themselves. They are people fighting an occupation." sourceNote that he then appears to be supporting its actions against Israel. Another example of FATAH being allowed to have it both ways and eveyone ignores it. That statement FATAH makes is No different than HAMAS supporting it's military wing. So, I say again, why are FATAH not on the same list as HAMAS. See here:
From wikiNot so fast there:
The leadership of the brigades and average members have identified themselves as the military wing of Fatah. On their website, and on posters they post the Fatah Emblem. The leadership of Fatah has said they never made a decision either to create the brigades, or make them the militant wing of Fatah.
HOWEVER: In November 2003 BBC journalists uncovered a payment by Fatah of $50,000 a month to Al-AqsaNow here’s an interesting little factoid, check out who was attacking Israel in 2007:
In June 2004 then Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei openly stated this: "We have clearly declared that the Aksa Martyrs Brigades are part of Fatah. We are committed to them and Fatah bears full responsibility for the group." In July he further declared "The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, military wing of the Fatah movement will not be dissolved and Fatah will never relinquish its military wing."[10
On August 22, 2007, Al-Aqsa gunmen in Gaza have announced that they are starting to launch hundreds of rockets and mortar shells at Israeli towns and cities and named the campaign, “Hole in the Wall II.”And here:
Palestinian paramilitary factions in Gaza worked together, operationally and otherwise, to repel the Israeli attack on Gaza. Abu Ahmed told Asharq al-Awsat during the war that, "everybody helps everybody else with regards to food, weapons, and first aid; there is no difference between a member 'Al Quds Brigade' or 'Al Qassam Brigade [military wing of Hamas]' or 'Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade' ( Military wing of FATAH) or 'Abu Ali Mustafa Brigade [military wing of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine or PFLP]'. For everybody's goal is the same and their compass is pointing in the same direction, and that is to drive out the occupation and defeat them, and disrupt their plan to dissolve the Palestinian Cause."So because FATAH issues a statement that claims "the rocket attacks by his faction contradicted the official position of Mahmoud Abbas" everyone ignores it? How convenient for FATAH, they get to fight Israel, reap those benefits and at the same time be seen as a legitimate so called "peace partner" for America and Israel? Talk about US/Israel/FATAH double standards. More: again from wiki:
Political representatives for Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, Saiqa, the Popular Struggle Front, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Fatah al-Intifada, and a number of other Palestinian factions in Syria formed a temporary alliance during the offensive as well.
Besides the rockets fired by the Qassam Brigades of Hamas, other factions claimed responsibility for rockets fired into Israel and attacks on Israeli soldiers, including Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (affiliated with Fatah), the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the Quds Brigades and the Popular Resistance Councils. A Fatah official stated that the rocket attacks by his faction contradicted the official position of Mahmoud Abbas,
On September 15 2009, a lengthy 574 page report by Judge Goldstone's UN inquiry team was released and concluded that the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and Palestinian armed forces (specifically Hamas) had committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanityNo mention of FATAH is there? Now let me make this perfectly clear, I don't believe either HAMAS or FATAH should be included in the Goldstone report, as they were defending their civilian population on their OWN SOIL! However, if the US and Israel are to play this game of "who is respected and accepted and who is not respected and accepted" then I take issue with FATAH being on a different list than HAMAS. So I ask again, where is the mention of FATAH. Why is FATAH treated differently than HAMAS, Why is FATAH a “respected” party with a military wing that targets Israel and HAMAS is considered “terrorists?” You know the answer don’t you? Could it be because Israel and the US are willing to look the other way where FATAH is concerned because Abbas is a US/Israeli puppet?
You bet cha!