[Marxism] A look at the tangled political history of modern Gaza

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 13:04:59 MDT 2014


In general, considering the reviewer, it's an inoffensive review -- except
for his retailing the lie about a nonexist "violent" takeover by Hamas in
2007 (Hamas had been properly elected in 2006 and was defending itself
against a US-sponsored coup attempt by Fatah. This is a lie Jodi Rudoren of
the Times has repeated.)

The book probably has some useful info. Anyway, comrades should know, in
case you share the review elsewhere, that the reviewer is a dangerous guy:
Ibbish leads the pro-Zionist American Task Force on Palestine. He's fond of
meeting with Israeli officials and dissing BDS.

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> BOOKFORUM SEPT/OCT/NOV 2014
> Battle Ground
> A look at the tangled political history of modern Gaza
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> HUSSEIN IBISH
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> Filiu explains how the narrow-yet-pivotal terrain known as the Gaza Strip
> has shaped the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict. First, he notes, almost
> all of its inhabitants are refugees from southern Israel displaced by the
> hostilities of 1947–48. Other Palestinian refugee populations, including
> those in the occupied West Bank, are much farther from the Israeli border.
> But here is a huge group of refugees who can virtually see their former
> lands, and who contend with the Israeli occupation on a daily basis.
> Second, Filiu lays out Gaza’s strategic location between Egypt (and hence
> the rest of Africa) and Palestine (and hence the rest of Asia)—a
> convergence of influence that has shaped the region’s history since ancient
> times. Even the British campaigns that targeted Palestine during the First
> World War had to pass through Gaza.
>
> For those and other crucial reasons, Gaza has always played an outsize
> political role in Palestinian collective life. The first aborted attempt at
> creating a Palestinian national government arose and failed in Gaza after
> the 1948 war. Gaza was also home to several of the core parties of the
> Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and many of its leaders. As Filiu
> notes, “It was in Gaza that the fedayin [the early Palestinian guerrilla
> fighters] were moulded and the Jewish State would soon make Gaza pay for it
> dearly.”
>
> But also, crucially, the Muslim Brotherhood laid down deep roots in the
> territory—both under Egyptian rule, following 1948, and after Israel’s
> conquest of Gaza in 1967. For most of its history, the Brotherhood in
> Palestine was quietist, refusing to engage in or endorse the PLO’s armed
> struggle. But under the leadership of Ahmed Yassin, the Brotherhood in
> Palestine acquired a political arm, Mujamma, that increasingly developed
> militant tendencies. As Filiu notes, at the end of 1987, the Muslim
> Brotherhood “finally called for a struggle against the occupation” and
> founded Hamas.
>
> It was no accident this decision came a mere five days after the outbreak
> of the first intifada, which began in Gaza. Hamas was a militant enterprise
> from the outset, with an allied faction attempting to capture Israeli
> soldiers. But it was only in December 1991 that Hamas fully established its
> paramilitary wing, the Ezzedin al-Qassam brigades.
>
> FULL: http://www.bookforum.com/inprint/021_03/13649
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