Monday, June 18, 2007

Gaza: "the Mogadishu of the Mediterranean"


"Gaza is becoming the Mogadishu of the Mediterranean," said one Palestinian official who refused to be named. "People thrown off the rooftops of 10-storey buildings, Palestinians shooting other Palestinians at point blank, others shot in front of their families. So Hamas is in control but do they really think people won't forget what has happened given our culture of pay-back and revenge?"

...With Israel having closed the Erez and Karni border crossings, and Egypt having done the same with the Rafah crossing, Gaza is effectively sealed off from the rest of the world, with its 1.5 million residents having no choice in the past week but to stay in their homes as gun battles raged on the streets outside...

Violence against any and all non-Muslims is now rampant. JPost reports (hat tip: Powerline):

Christians living in Gaza City on Monday appealed to the international community to protect them against increased attacks by Muslim extremists. Many Christians said they were prepared to leave the Gaza Strip as soon as the border crossings are reopened... The appeal came following a series of attacks on a Christian school and church in Gaza City over the past few days.

Father Manuel Musalam, leader of the small Latin community in the Gaza Strip, said masked gunmen torched and looted the Rosary Sisters School and the Latin Church... "The masked gunmen used rocket-propelled grenades to storm the main entrances of the school and church," he said. "Then they destroyed almost everything inside, including the Cross, the Holy Book, computers and other equipment."

Musalam expressed outrage over the burning of copies of the Bible, noting that the gunmen destroyed all the Crosses inside the church and school... He estimated damages at more than $500,000...

While some in the US Government advocate propping up the "moderate terrorists" represented by Fatah, it is worth remembering there are no "good guys." Atlas offers a note from a reader:

You recently met Itamar Marcus during his recent visit to the states.

During that visit, Itamar testified before Congress detailing (by showing footage of Palestinian programing) how the Palestinian media (Fatah/Abbas controlled) indoctrinates Palestinian society incessantly with anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli and anti-American propaganda.

Many members of Congress were apparently flabergastered by the rank, vile nature of the footage. I am very bothered by the fact that the mainstream media, the President and the State Dept. continue to label Abbas and Fatah as moderate.

Pamela's takeaway: It is suicidal and in complete violation of the Bush Doctrine. Initial formulation...

No distinction between terrorists and those who harbor them. Supporting and propping violent Islamic terror regimes is how we got to 9/11 in the first place.

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