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Palestine: Israeli Machinations

Unprecedented pressures have built up in recent weeks on the beleaguered Palestinian people, fuelling a heightened sense of despair. Participants in the Palestinian struggle for a national home and identity are convinced that never in the nearly six decades since the “catastrophe” of 1948 have things seemed as dark and gloomy. This applies to both the communities that have been scattered widely across Arab lands by Israeli ethnic cleansing and those that have been corralled into desperately squalid and congested urban spaces in the West Bank and the Gaza strip.

In mid-June, the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, acting by all accounts to pre-empt a move to void national elections and oust it from power, carried out a swift, surgical strike within the Gaza strip to efface all traces of Fatah, its principal rival for influence. This brought to an end the diarchic situation within the occupied Palestinian territories, under which Hamas controlled the government but was compelled to work under the irksome tutelage of the Fatah president, Mahmoud Abbas. This was the unexpected denouement to a global campaign launched by Israel and its US patrons to isolate the Palestinian people living under military occupation and create a pressure cooker like atmosphere in which elements viewed as amenable, such as Fatah, would feel emboldened to confront and defeat the more militant nationalists within Hamas.

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