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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:19 AM
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Who will value Palestinian rights?
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But even before the two groups reach an agreement on a political agenda, which is of utmost importance, they must make a serious commitment to respect the human rights of the Palestinian people. For while Israeli occupation represents the most flagrant violation of basic human rights, Hamas - through the deposed government in Gaza - and Fatah - through the PA - have also inflicted their share of abuses on Palestinians.

Hardly a month passes without Palestinian and international human rights organisations complaining of abuses being committed by one or both sides of the feud. Hamas can justifiably accuse the PA of suppressing its members in the West Bank to appease Israeli security demands, while Fatah can rightly accuse Hamas of repressing its members in Gaza. But neither security concerns, nor claims to represent the Palestinian resistance can justify human rights violations.

Hamas, just like the PA, has arrested people for engaging in resistance against Israel, although it argues that its case is different because it has no security agreements with Israel. But suppression is suppression regardless of who carries it out and it is clear that Hamas is trying to send a message to Israel that it, not Fatah, controls security.

All but a few Palestinian writers and bloggers have failed to hold both parties accountable for these abuses, focusing instead on exposing one while ignoring the other. But an activist or writer should be able to fully support Hamas or Fatah, depending on their own political standing, while remaining committed to human rights and holding a mirror to their own party.

Both parties are participating in a process of self-destruction as long as they continue to ignore the human rights of the people they are competing to represent.

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/2010/11/2010119922...
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 05:28 PM
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1. Good and depressing article
Palestinian rights have rarely been respected by anyone much - including much of their own leadership.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-10 07:18 AM
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2. The Palestinian people are being used as pawns
It's sad to watch it happen - especially considering how long it has been going on.
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