If there weren’t, we’d have to invent one, just for the comedic possibilities.
Is their civil war over, for example?
Ye—no! I mean n–yes! Oh well, you decide:
“PLO secretary Yasser Abed Rabbo is not a party in the
Palestinian dialogue, and he does not represent any Palestinian side,” Hamas leader Mushir Al-Masri said responding to the official’s Friday statement later in the day.
Abed Rabbo had declared the death of Palestinian conciliation dialogue while speaking to journalists earlier in the day, and intimated that he spoke on behalf of Palestinian factions who are members of the PLO. The official also said he expected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call for elections on 25 October, saying elections are the only way out of the dialogue cycle.
Hamas wants elections, Al-Masri said, noting the party’s popularity in the West Bank has gone up over past weeks. “The Egyptian plan discusses elections, and those who want elections before reconciliation plan to thwart the Egyptian efforts,” he added.
“Reconciliation is a strategic choice for Hamas both rhetorically and practically, and we intend to sign the Egyptian agreement and make sure it is implemented,” he added.
Sounds like a definite maybe.
Their words having failed to give us a clue, let us examine their actions:
Hamas will file a lawsuit in Palestinian courts against recent allegations launched by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that de facto government leaders fled the Gaza Strip in ambulances during Israel’s war on the area over the winter.
Abbas first presented the accusation on Tuesday in a Jenin speech, and again in Ramallah on Friday.
He told the more than 100 assembled members that “They [Hamas] kept accusing us of compliance, while their leaders fled the Gaza Strip to Egypt in ambulances.”
Israel’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Aharon Leshno Yaar, used the quote to defend the country against South African jurist Richard Goldstone’s report on the Gaza war. He said that even Abbas admitted that “the Hamas movement hid in basements.”
“The leaders of Hamas ran away in ambulances to Sinai and left our people to bleed,” the president was quoted as saying by the ambassador on Thursday, during the lead-up to the Human Rights Council’s vote.
On Saturday, Az-Zahar called for Abbas to name those who fled to the Sinai, and noted he should be obliged to present evidence for what he termed such outrageous claims.
That’s right, fat boy. Put up or shut up. Talking smack is easy. We want to see pictures of Hamass terrorists wearing skirts, blonde wigs, and sexy black pumps to escape. We want to see their stubbly faces pressed against the ambulance windows, terror in their eyes.
Don’t look now, but this long-running farce is about to take a turn for the even more hilarious:
Palestinian Minister of Justice Ali Al-Khashan presented documents to the attorney general of the International Criminal Court on Friday, which outlined allegations of Israeli war crimes committed prior to the war on Gaza.
Al-Khashan said he also answered several inquiries from the court that would guarantee Palestine a place within the Rome Statute and thus full membership at the court. He said in a phone interview that he and a delegation were preparing papers requested by the court in preparation for full membership.
In order to become a member a state must sign then ratify the Rome Statute. Once a state is a member of the ICC, the court can proceed with investigations into crimes which may have occurred on the territory of the member, or by a national of the member.
A Palestinian “minister of justice”? Oh, my sides. What does he do, minister to suspected collaborators as their bullet ridden bodies are dumped on the side of the road; provide justice for women accused of riding motorcycles (a crime now in Gaza)? I just wonder how many other non-states (patches of dust and septic tanks, really) are members of the ICC?
The world community thinks that it can provide legitimacy to any organized pogrom by merely adding “international” to its title. Hitler’s SS would have been adopted by the UN if they had only called themselves the Internationaler Schutzstaffel. (Something like this, if you’ll excuse my sick fantasy.)
I would like to invite the Palestinians to become charter members of the International League of Eaters of Dog S**t. In fact, they can be the sole members of ILEDS, so special is their place in my heart.