Roger L. Simon

Welcome to Hell (move over, J. P. Sartre)

Sartre famously wrote that “Hell is other people.” Until now, he may have had a point. But indisputably today: Hell is Gaza.

From the AP:

Thousands of angry activists from the defeated Fatah Party demanded their leaders’ resignations, Palestinian police stormed a parliament building in Gaza and other security forces clashed with Hamas gunmen – signs of growing instability following Hamas’ victory in parliamentary election.

Fatah gunmen climbed on top of the Palestinian parliament building in Ramallah, fired in the air and posted a picture of the late leader Yasser Arafat on the roof to cheers and whistles from hundreds of supporters below. Dozens of armed police officers briefly stormed the building in Gaza City and demanded an immediate trial for Hamas members who killed police in fighting in recent months.


And then there’s this:

About 2,000 Fatah members marched in the West Bank city of Nablus, led by dozens of gunmen from the Fatah-allied Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, who fired in the air from the back of a truck.

“We are now no longer part of the cease-fire,” one of the gunmen, Nasser Haras, told the crowd. Palestinian militants groups agreed last year to a cease-fire with Israel.

In Bethlehem, about 400 activists, including dozens of gunmen, took over the party’s local office and demanded the resignation of party leaders. In Tulkarem, gunman Ibrahim Khreisheh warned against cooperating with Hamas.

“Whoever will participate in a government with Hamas, we will shoot him in the head,” he said.

Okay, that’s not Gaza – that’s the West Bank. Shall we extend the definition of Hell? [Gaza has lots of Mediterranean beach front. Couldn’t they build a resort?-ed. There’s a thought.]


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