ISIS in Gaza 7

After World War I, the Gaza Strip, which for centuries had been part of the Ottoman Empire, came under a British mandate. From 1949 to 1959, it was governed by Egypt, ostensibly under the authority of the Arab League. In 1959, the Strip was incorporated by Egypt, though the population was not granted Egyptian citizenship.

In 1967, the territory was occupied by Israel in the course of its defensive Six-Day War. Thousands of Israelis settled in the Strip and established industries there. But in 1993, by the tragically misconceived Oslo Accords, Gaza came under the administration of a “Palestine National Authority” (PNA). In its perpetual pursuit of peace with the Arabs, Israel agreed to remove the settlers. They resisted, and the Israeli government had them removed by force. They left acres of excellently functioning and highly lucrative greenhouses to the Arabs – who promptly destroyed them.

So it was that a Judenrein Gaza Strip became an autonomous “Palestinian” region, officially administered by the PNA.

In 2007, the terrorist organization Hamas, after an internecine struggle with the PNA, seized control of the Strip and proceeded to launch attacks on Israel with suicide bombers and rocket fire. Israel dealt with the suicide bombers by putting up a protective fence, and from time to time responds to the rocket fire with bombing raids. The world thinks Israel is not being fair to the Palestinians by taking these measures.

The world, chiefly the Western powers, has chosen to keep the population of Gaza as a perpetual beggar nation, dependent on aid. The children of Gaza are taught in schools run by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) – created specially for the purpose of keeping generations of Palestinians as “refugees’ – and under its tutelage are raised to be Israel-haters and terrorists. The result is the perpetuation of intense hostility, which makes a mockery of the pretense of those same Western powers to be honest brokers of peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Now the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) has infiltrated the Strip and is threatening to take over control of it from its fellow Sunni-Muslim terrorists, Hamas.

This is from an article by Khaled Abu Toameh at Gatestone:

It is always dreamlike to see one Islamist terror group accuse the other of being too “lenient” when it comes to enforcing sharia laws. But it is not dreamlike when a terrorist group starts threatening writers and women.

That is what is happening these days in the Gaza Strip, where supporters of the Islamic State are accusing Hamas of failing to impose strict Islamic laws on the Palestinian population — as if Hamas has thus far endorsed a liberal and open-minded approach toward those who violate sharia laws.

Now, however, almost everyone is talking about the Islamic State threats against poets, writers and women.Until this week, the only topic Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were talking about was how to rebuild homes and buildings that were destroyed during the last war between Hamas and Israel.

It is no secret that the Islamic State has a presence in the Gaza Strip. According to sources there, many disgruntled members of Hamas and other radical salafi-jihadi groups have already joined the Islamic State, with some fighting together with ISIS groups in Syria and Iraq.

Earlier this year, it was revealed here that Islamic State has already begun operating inside the Gaza Strip – much to the dismay of Hamas.

Hamas, nevertheless, continues to deny any presence of Islamic State inside the Gaza Strip. “There are no members of Islamic State in the Gaza Strip,” said Eyad al-Bazam, spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry.

Many Palestinians, however, do not seem to take Hamas’s denials seriously, and remain unconvinced.

Over the past few days, two separate leaflets signed by Islamic State threatened to target Palestinian poets and writers for their “wantonness” and “atheism.” The leaflets mention the poets and writers by name – a move that created panic among many Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The leaflets also included an ultimatum to Palestinian women to abide by Islamic attire or face the Islamic State style of punishment — presumably being stoned to death. The threat leaves one with the false impression that, under Hamas, women can wear swimming suits at the beach and walk around the streets of Gaza City in mini-skirts.

But this is what happens when one fundamentalist group believes that the other is not radical enough.

“We warn the writers and poets of their wanton sayings and atheist deeds,” one of the leaflets reads. “We give the apostates three days to retract their apostasy and wantonness and enter the religion of Islam anew.”

The threats issued by Islamic State have drawn strong condemnations from many Palestinians. This is the first time that such threats have been made against poets and writers or women.

Although Hamas has denied any connection to the threats, Fatah officials [aka the PNA]  in the West Bank were quick to accuse the Islamist movement — which has been in control of the Gaza Strip since 2007 — of being behind the leaflets. …

Palestinians point out that the two leaflets were not the only sign of the presence of Islamic State inside the Gaza Strip. They say that Islamic State flags can be seen in many parts of the Gaza Strip, especially at football stadiums and public buildings. In addition, Islamic State stickers can be seen on the windshields of many vehicles.

More recently … families have begun attaching the Islamic State emblem to wedding invitations sent out to friends and relatives. Photos of Palestinians who were killed while fighting with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appear in many places, especially mosques and educational centers.

Of course, all of this is taking place while Hamas continues to insist that the Islamic State is not operating in Gaza.

Those who are taking the threats seriously are the women and writers whose names appeared in the leaflets.

Amal Hamad, a member of the Palestinian Women’s Union, expressed deep concern about the threats made by Islamic State. “We are headed toward the worst in the Gaza Strip,” she complained. “We hold the Hamas security forces responsible for the leaflets of intimidation and terror.” She and a large group of women in the Gaza Strip held an emergency meeting to discuss the repercussions of the threats.

Judging from reactions, it is clear that many Palestinians – including Hamas – are extremely worried about Islamic State’s presence in the Gaza Strip. Even if the terror group still does not have many fighters in the Gaza Strip, it already has countless followers and admirers.

It is also clear that if and when the Hamas regime collapses, the Gaza Strip will not fall into the hands of less-radical Palestinians.

The Gaza Strip has already been turned into an “Islamist Emirate” that is run by Hamas and other radical groups such as Islamic Jihad.

While Islamic State may have succeeded in infiltrating the Gaza Strip, its chances of entering the West Bank are zero. This is thanks to the presence of the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority and its President Mahmoud Abbas are well aware that without the Israeli security presence in the West Bank, the area would easily fall into the hands of Hamas or Islamic State.

It is important to keep in mind that the countries in Europe now voting for a Palestinian state may effectively be paving the way for a takeover by Islamic State.

We wonder how many people living in Gaza secretly wish the alleged Israeli “occupation” were real, and are nostalgic for the days when it was. Their lives were better, and more secure, under Israel than under the PNA or Hamas.

Now they – especially writers, poets, and women it seems – must dread the prospect of life under the rule of the Islamic State.

But if the Islamic State does absorb Gaza, its population will be stateless no longer. As citizens of the Caliphate they may be miserable, but they will no longer be “refugees”.

No more UNWRA. No more exploitation of the Palestinians by the Arab States as “victims” of Israel.

Of course, the attacks on Israel will not stop. They will very likely intensify. Will the world object as much to Israel defending itself against the Islamic State as it does to Israel defending itself against Hamas?

Time may tell.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State is taking possession of the minds of millions of Muslims all over the world. If it is not growing territorially at this moment, it is certainly growing as an ideal.

An ideal of savage cruelty and enslavement! Islam triumphant.

The Egyptian Goddess Isis

The Egyptian Goddess Isis

(just for decoration)

  • Peter Weber

    “But if the Islamic State does absorb Gaza, its population will be stateless no longer. As citizens of the Caliphate they may be miserable, but they will no longer be “refugees”.”

    The so-called Islamic State is no state. The classic definition of the existence of a state is found in the
    Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States of 1933.

    http://www.taiwandocuments.org/montevideo01.htm

    Article 1 of this Convention defines a “state” as a political entity that has the following four qualifications:

    (1) A permanent population, (2) a defined territory, (3) a government,
    and (4) the capacity to enter into relations with other states.

    Also according to the constitutive theory the “Islamic State” is no state.

    The population of Gaza will still be stateless as “citizens of the Caliphate” …

    • Peter Weber: Haven’t you noticed that that definition of a state is not regarded as valid any more by eg. Sweden and the Parliamentary Labour Party of Great Britain, which have voted to recognize “a State of Palestine”? The Palestinians have no defined territory, no government, and no capacity to enter into relations with other states. It also is debatable whether the population of the West Bank can be considered permanent as the Jews who live there are likely to be forced out and the “State of Palestine” declared judenrein. They cannot define their territory, because by doing so they would also be defining the territory of Israel, which they refuse to do. So out the window goes the definition.

      Now as to the islamic State: It has a population that is permanent in the definition’s sense, though the lives in it are of the most temporary and precarious nature. It has a government, however oppressive, that collects taxes, disposes of garbage, runs hospital and retirement homes and orphanages, etc. It obviously has the capacity to trade with other states, since it is selling its oil to quite a few of them. True, it is still expanding its territory (or trying to), but that is no bar to its claiming statehood, (a) because that is not a requirement any more (vide “the State of Palestine’) and (b) because many a state has been recognized that has gone on to increase its territory (eg. the USA). No state can lay claim to more territory than it can – if it has to – defend. Neither Iraq nor Syria have been able to defend what used to be their territory. The map of the Middle East as drawn by the great powers after the First World War is now changing. Has changed. It was never likely to remain as the great powers ordained.

      If the Islamic State does manage to take in Jordan and Gaza, regardless of any important piece of paper that came out of Montevideo and Geneva, it will treat the populations as its subjects. Not even the UN is likely to go on sending aid to the “Palestinians” if they are once embraced by IS/ISIS/ISIL. (Though you can never be sure about that – the US might do it if Obama or Hillary are the ones to decide.)

      • Replying not to myself but still to Peter Weber: The possibility that the people of Gaza will come under IS rule is not remote. See how ISIS is advancing towards Gaza:

        “A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence
        officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel, in proximity to the Suez Canal, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. By assuming command of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas terrorist group, which last month pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has moved to add Sinai as a new province to the caliphate he established in parts of Iraq and Syria. Egypt therefore finds itself encircled by IS forces on its western border from Libya and deeply threatened from the northeast in Sinai; whereas Israel faces the same jihadi menace in the southwest from Sinai and in the north from Syria. On arrival in Sinai, Islamic State commanders announced their movement’s mission had been redirected from Egypt alone to the “Egyptian-Zionist alliance”. Israel finds itself outflanked by the new IS deployment in Sinai. The IDF heavily built up its northern strength to meet any Al Qaeda menace from Syria to the Golan, but while preparing to tackle IS encroachment from the north, Israel finds them cropping up along its southern border, where no comparable military buildup is in place. Abu Bakr’s Sinai move contradicts the claims of senior US commanders that IS is on the run in Iraq after being badly hurt by US and coalition air strikes. (Last week there were no more than 31 air raids over Iraq and 15 in Syria.)”

        http://www.debka.com/article/24291/ISIS-posts-a-new-forward-command-group-to-Egyptian-Sinai—at-Israel%E2%80%99s-back-door

        • Peter Weber

          It does not matter if Sweden or UK think that the definition of a state is not regarded “as valid any more”. According to international law nothing has changed. Sweden or UK the council of Cork City cannot create a new state …

          “Out the window goes the definition”. No, out the window goes “Palestine”.

          As you already wrote, Palestine: it has no effective control and therefore cannot, even with recognition, be a new State.

          I agree, the Western world will support “Palestine”. I am pretty sure that will not care if ISIS controls Jordan and Gaza. The Western world will treat “Palestine” like a state. Sooner or later they will negotiate with ISIS. And they would also treat ISIS like a state. We see a clear attempt to re-define the rules of international law. We already saw it in the summer: Attempts to define the Gaza Strip as a territory against which Israel may not legally take any military action, even if that territory is being used as a base to fire thousands of rockets at its
          civilians.

          I wrote about the aspects of international law (I am a jurist).

          The constitutive theory sets out that it is the recognition of an entity as a State that makes it so. This theory, however, fails to explain why certain entities that have received numerous recognitions as such are not in fact States. It also raises the question of how many recognitions are necessary in order for an entity to become a State. This theory, however, fails to explain why certain entities that have received numerous recognitions as such are not in fact States.

          Statehood

          “Statehood” is the product of a balance between the Montevideo criteria and recognition. The more you have of one (criteria or recognition) the less you need of the other. However, in all cases, you need a little of both to be a State. There is no official definition of recognition in international law, and in practice the criteria for recognition are heavily political and often depend on regional developments. However, under customary international law, state practice in relation to recognition falls somewhere in between the declarative and the constitutive theories; it has developed into a combination of the two, with an aspiring state fulfilling its requirements for statehood and the subsequent recognition of its existence by other states, particularly the great powers.

          Did the U.N. vote create a state even though the criteria of the constitutive theory were not met? No. If “Palestine” does not meet the required criteria, it is not a state, no matter what the General Assembly might say.

          In modern international law, when there is controversy regarding whether a political entity meets the factual conditions of statehood, international recognition of the state is
          significant. Such recognition cannot create a state ex nihilo (“out of nothing”).

          The U.N. General Assembly does not have the authority to admit a state to the U.N. unless the U.N. Security Council has recommended accepting the state.

          The Security Council: The incoming states, particularly Venezuela and Malaysia, are hostile to the Jewish state. The “Palestinians” need nine
          votes at the UNSC to win acceptance. They previously received seven. This time it appears that they may achieve their goal. Among the five
          permanent members, China and Russia are likely to support recognition of a Palestinian State. Britain and France are yet undecided, and the U.S
          will likely object. It is more than likely that Angola, Nigeria, and Spain will vote for acceptance. This would give the “Palestinians” 10 votes and full membership in the UN.The only thing that can prevent the acceptance of Palestine as a member-state of the UN is a U.S. veto.

          The Western appeasement goes on … as long as it is against Israel, they will support it …

          • We appreciate your telling us this, Peter Weber. We value your expertise and note your points. Only thing is, we consider “international law” to be more wishful thinking than reality. It is only as good as strong nations are willing to enforce it. And they very seldom are.

  • Don L

    That it might be: a defense-oriented Repub Pres in 2016 then let ISIS take over Gaza and then continue the war against them along with the IDF and eradicate the lot all at once. A period of ISIS sharia imposition to grease the PR wheels toward their demise might be good too.

    Anyway, it was comment to post some other ISIS decoration! LOL

  • liz

    Hard to imagine how Gaza, the cesspool of the world, could be “headed toward the worst” any more than it already is. But, yes, there’s always ISIS.