In The Service Of Others: The Marginalised Workers In The Gulf And Their Plights
03 October 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf reportedly recently claimed
that Hamas's Izzidin el-Qassam fighters were being trained by the American
The shameless invention is apparently aimed at tarnishing Hamas's image, a
goal Fatah has utterly failed to accomplish despite years of strenuous but
desperate efforts and millions of dollars spent at the expense of legitimate
needs of our increasingly impoverished people.
It is really pathetic that "spokespersons" who are paid hefty salaries in
order to promote our just cause and expose Israeli criminality and oppression
waste their time and energy indulging in endless mud-slinging against Hamas,
a glorious resistance movement that has withstood Israel's genocidal
aggressions against our people in Gaza.
But the word "shame" doesn't seem to exist in Fatah's lexicon which explains
the group's persistence in spreading lies and half-truths about Hamas.
A modus operandi of lies
The latest canard coming from Fatah spokesman is not an isolated act of
depravity and moral shamelessness. Fatah's entire discourse vis-à-vis Hamas
has always been based on lies, insinuations and innuendos.
In fact, it is hard to detect any modicum of truth in anything said or
published by Fatah (the PA) about Hamas.
In fact, Fatah has a history of seeking to besmirch the image of Hamas.
On numerous occasions, Fatah claimed that Hamas was colluding with Israel
against the "national leadership," the very same leadership that entered into
an ignominious alliance with Israel under the rubric of "security
In a previous article, published several years ago, I described "security
coordination" with Israel as a malignant cancer upon the collective
conscience of the Palestinian people.
Hence, it is really hard to fathom how Palestinians claiming to be true
nationalists could allow themselves to stoop to this level of treason and
Moreover, Fatah leaders repeatedly accused Hamas of seeking the establishment
of a "tentative state" by reaching a separate peace deal with Israel.
In fact, the shameless lie continues to be parroted by Fatah spokesmen like
Assaf who seem to have lost the moral ability to make a distinction between
truth and falsehood.
In recent years, Fatah, apparently in order to obtain a certificate of good
conduct from the military junta in Cairo, charged that Hamas had been trying
to establish an alternative Palestinian homeland in the Sinai Peninsula in
coordination with the democratically elected President of Egypt, Dr. Muhammad
Interestingly, in all its accusations and canards, Fatah never produced any
shred of evidence corroborating its claims, apart from citing "informed
sources" and "reliable officials."
Fixation on Hamas
Fatah calls itself (Harakato-Tahrir al Watani al Felestini) or "the
Palestinian national liberation movement''.
However, given Fatah's total fixation on Hamas, especially since the latter's
appearance in 1987, many Palestinians are wondering if Fatah is still
committed to the liberation of occupied Palestine from the Zionist enemy or
is just fighting Hamas on behalf of that enemy.
Indeed, a fleeting look at Fatah's TV propaganda and statements made by an
army of poor or mediocre Fatah spokespeople would give Fatah an extremely low
mark as far as the its patriotic credentials are concerned.
A few days ago, a collaborator (Palestinian informer working for the Israeli
domestic security service, the Shabak) boasted about his collaboration with
the enemy of his people.
The man, who hailed from the town of Dura and is now living in the town of
Askalan, said the "work" he did then (in the 1980s-90s) was being done in
broad daylight by Fatah leaders such as Mahmoud Abbas and Jibril Rajoub.
"What else would you call security collaboration between the PA and Israel."?
No one can write off Fatah from the glorious book of the heroic struggle
against the Israeli occupation. It would be dishonest to even try to do so.
However, the Fatah of today is not the Fatah of yesterday. The Fatah of Abu
Mazen is not the Fatah of Abu Ammar, despite the latter's many flaws. It is
certainly not the Fatah of Abu Eyad and Abu Jihad.
The difference is not just a minor deviation from the right path, which could
be justified by the changing circumstances; it is rather a shameless apostasy
from honorable patriotism to dishonorable treachery.
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator
living in Occupied Palestine.