Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Palestine's Curse: Disfunctional Politicians

Bullet-riddled windshield and a view of a portrait of a smiling Yasir Arafat, former PLO chairman and Palestinian National Authority (PNA) president before his death in 2004. Factional fighting between militias loosely tied to Arafat's Fatah party, now headed by PNA President Mahmoud 'Abbas, and HAMAS, the largest Palestinian religious movement, have killed scores of people since late last year. Despite several ceasefire proclamations the leaderships of both parties have failed to reign in their paramilitary organizations/allies.

A Palestinian youth walks by a burning vehicle during clashes between Fatah and HAMAS gunmen in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian people deserve a better political leadership.

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