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Gaza is a part of Palestine that had been known for its great men and achievements that have been proudly recorded in history, men such as Imam al Jalil al Shafei from the older generation and the contemporary giant Haidar Abdel Shafi.

And yet here is Gaza, witnessing the most atrocious Palestinian scenes and horrifying infighting ever. A man is abducted and hurled off the roof of one of the highest buildings, while a group performs a prayer of gratitude for ‘liberating’ the Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security headquarters.

Fatwas are issued vindicating the killing of others on the grounds that they are responsible for spreading vice on the land. The brave heroes raised their victory signs while they celebrated murdering their brothers and spreading terror in Gaza  all while their faces were covered by black masks.

The real problem is that the political leadership in Palestine, both Fatah and Hamas, has not only lost its political legitimacy; it has also lost its ethical and moral one. Mahmoud Abbas, the distinguished statesman can no longer keep a handful of men around him, many of whom have spread corruption until it seeped into the core of morality.

As for Hamas, it has transformed into playing the role of a gang of thugs rather than a responsible civilized government. Leaning over an Islamic crutch and the accompanying inflamed emotions and twisting necks with fatwas. In the case of Hamas, there is a grave warning for what can be expected from similar movements; all of which follow the same method to reach the same ends.

Meanwhile, Fatah is no longer a convincing ‘revolutionary’ organization. Perhaps there can be hope for its salvation at the hands the Palestinian Mandela, Marwan al Barghouti, since the group [that runs it] now has lost all confidence and merit. As for Hamas, it has been transformed into a tool at the hands of regional states and intelligence that manipulate it using invisible threads, while some are no so invisible.

Boycotting Fatah and Hamas is no longer an Arab choice but a duty because they have lost both their moral sense and capabilities. Mohammed al Durra and the children of the Intifada [resistance], this pure and virtuous outcome that was the product of the Palestinian land and its freedom fighters has absolutely nothing to do with Fatah and Hamas. These two parties have become a group that feeds on the blood of its children to live.

An irresponsible group has diverted the attention from the 50 years of struggle and the propagation of heroic and virtuous resistance with the ultimate goal of ending the occupation. It has abducted the noble Palestinian resistance and attributed it to itself, and it is now high time to remove the blinds from the eyes and stop supporting those unworthy of it and to start directing the support to the Palestinian public and whom they nominate.

The Palestinian cause is a noble one; it cannot withstand irresponsible armed groups bearing its name.

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi is a businessman and prominent columnist. Mr. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al-Takreer on Al-Arabiya, and in 1995 he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his BA in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa.

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