Or so Hamas seems to say…
Palestine politics is a cesspit beyond our imagining. The latest evil is the murder of three children whose father, Baha Balousheh, a loyalist of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.
In a bungled attempt to kill Balousheh, it is thought that Hamas assassins murdered his children instead:
Palestinian gunmen killed the three young children of a leading enemy of the ruling Islamic Hamas movement today, firing dozens of rounds into their car as it passed through a street crowded with youngsters.
It is believed the assassination target was the children’s father, Baha Balousheh, a senior Palestinian intelligence officer. He was not in the car.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility and Hamas has denounced the drive-by attack.
The car was riddled with some 60 bullets by gunmen driving in two vehicles, Palestinian security officials said. Its seats, school bags and a small plastic bag with a sandwich in it were splattered with blood.
Three of Mr. Balousheh’s children, ranging in age from six to ten, were killed in addition to an adult, hospital officials said. Four more people were wounded in the attack in Palestine Street, lined with nine schools.
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An Abbas aide, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, said he was concerned the attack will lead to a large-scale confrontation. “If this continues, it will lead to our worst nightmare, internal fighting.”
Gaza has been plagued by factional violence in the past, with dozens killed and hundreds wounded.
Today’s attack targeting children was unprecedented, and was likely to trigger widespread confrontations at a time when the lines between Hamas and Fatah have hardened.
Earlier this month, Abbas announced that talks on forming a unity government between Hamas and Fatah have broken down. Earlier this week, he raised the possibility of calling early elections, drawing angry protests by Hamas which said he does not have the authority to dissolve the Hamas-dominated parliament.
The mills of Hamas grind slowly…Balousheh was – is – an intelligence officer known for his crackdown on Hamas’ violent tactics some years ago.
Hamas deserves to be blackballed by every legitimate government in the world, and every NGO currently funneling money to them. Saudi Arabia deserves to be hung out to dry for supporting them. Iran, too. The UN should be deep-sixed for their byzantine efforts on Hamas’ behalf.
Meanwhile, this old globe keeps spinning, and Hamas continues to metastasize further: an evil, spreading tumor on Palestine’s already weakened system.
“Factional” fighting? More like suicide nightmares lived out in the streets of Palestine.
You wait, though. Somehow this will be Israel’s fault. The Zionist entity, powerful as it is, will be the root cause of the grotesque mayhem that Hamas inflicts on its brothers.
Massive projection is just another term for Jihad.