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June 25, 2007, Herald Journal

Gaza civil war can’t be denied

By ROZ KOHLS

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, himself, described the conflict in Gaza June 13 as a civil war, so no one can deny it any longer.

Hamas and Fatah have been fighting for control of the Palestinian territories since November. The Gaza violence has been ignored by leftists, though, because it can’t be blamed on the United States breeding terrorists in Iraq, or Israel’s oppression.

Here is the sequence of events leading up to the pounding of Fatah by Hamas:

• Israel decides to evacuate from Gaza in 2005.

• Israel sends troops to herd thousands of Jewish settlers onto buses, trucks, and ships back to Israel, so there are no Jews left in Gaza, Aug. 23, 2005.

• Palestinians elect the terrorist group, Hamas, to provide their government, Jan. 26, 2006.

• The US, the European Union, and many other countries decide Sept. 15, 2006 to boycott the Palestinian Authority, because it is run by a terrorist group.

• Fatah members are angry they no longer have power.

• Hamas and Fatah begin to fight in November 2006.

• Fighting escalates over property the Jews left behind in the Gaza Strip.

• Leftists ignore the violence, and pretend the only civil war in the Mideast is between Sunni and Shiites in Iraq.

• Fighting escalates.

• Jamal Abu Jadian, a top Fatah commander, tries to escape by dressing as a woman June 12. He’s discovered by Hamas gunmen a few hundred yards from his house. They take turns shooting Jadian in the head with automatic rifles more than 40 times.

• Fighting escalates again, with Hamas getting the upper hand on Gaza City’s three main security compounds, with grenades, mortars, and assault rifles.

• CBS News first calls the conflict in Gaza a civil war June 13.

• United Nations Middle East Envoy Alvaro de Soto writes a secret report to UN Secretary General Nanki-Poo in which he blames the civilized countries participating in the boycott of the Palestinian Authority and Israel for causing the war.

Last weekend, I saw a photograph of two little boys in Gaza Strip holding up a sign that said “No, for killing.” The sign was written in English, even though the people doing the killing speak Arabic or Hebrew.

So you see, the civil war in Gaza is our fault after all. Aren’t you glad you know now?