Yesterday (Saturday), one of the Hamas "government's" most prominent and consistently credible agents, politbureau chief Khaled Mashaal, declared to the utter astonishment of no one that the Hamas Palestinian Arab government intends to continue to bombard Israeli towns, houses and schools at every opportunity.
Demonstrating that when they threaten death the practitioners of terror absolutely mean it, Hamas operatives today (Sunday) fired five barrages of Qassam rockets into any Israeli residential areas that they can reach. A man standing near a gas station was severely injured, suffering shrapnel wounds all over his body; he's in hospital being treated for injuries. And the day's not over yet.
Yesterday, the day we honor as the Sabbath, they fired five more. An Israeli home took a direct hit.
What's particularly interesting about Mashaal vowing that the Palestinian Arab rocket fire will not stop is that Associated Press and other news sources continue, even today, to refer to a Palestinian Arab "cease fire". For them, we'll repeat what the politbureau thug said in Damascus 24 hours ago.
"I officially declare Hamas's rejection of this document or any American, European, Israeli or even Arab project that diminishes the Palestinian cause like this... The Zionist and American schemes to trigger Palestinian civil war will fail. Those who are bidding on an internal Palestinian explosion are living in an illusion. The only explosion will be in the face of the Zionists."
Unfortunately for Israelis living on undisputed Israeli land in proximity to the cesspools of the emerging Pal-Arab polity in Gaza, whenever the fratricidal Fatah -v- Hamas blood-letting reaches fever pitch, as it is this week, the rockets start to fly into the cottages, shops, factories and schools on our side of the border. (Boycott fueled Fatah-Hamas tensions".)
Fratricide, of course, being s-o-o-o boring, it's unreasonable to expect the mainstream media to report on this. Much more interesting to hammer away at the reports of unprovoked Israeli aggression.
A pity because there are some really interesting things being done by Hamas lately. For instance, Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook in PMW reported today that a squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse look-alike named Farfur is the star of a weekly children’s program called Tomorrow’s Pioneers on official Hamas TV. Farfur and his co-host, a young girl named Saraa’, teach children about such things as the importance of the daily prayers and drinking milk, while taking every opportunity to indoctrinate young viewers with teachings of Islamic supremacy, hatred of Israel and the US and support of "resistance" – the Palestinian euphemism for terror. Children must pray in the mosque five times a day until there is “world leadership under Islamic leadership.” Soft-spoken Saraa’ explains that the nucleus of this world Islamic leadership will be from “all of Palestine,” i.e., including Israel. Farfur refers to Israel as “the oppressive invading Zionist occupation,” which the children must "resist." Though (or because) it's targeted at a very young audience, Saraa’ announces that after death, the children will have to answer to Allah for what they did or did not do for the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and for Palestinian prisoners.
Amazing how many Europeans believe this is the way to build a democratic, peace-oriented future for the children of this region. Feh!