Boston Globe Blames Israel for Gaza Civil War While Praising Yasser Arafat

As the Civil War in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah rages on (please see fabulous coverage on this by our friend at Gateway Pundit), Glenn Reynolds marvelously commented Thursday: “[S]ince it's Hamas killing people, nobody will really care -- unless, ironically, they can find a way to blame the Israelis.”

Well, as he pointed out in an update, the Boston Globe unbelievably published an editorial Thursday not only doing exactly that, but also longing for the peaceful days of Yasser Arafat’s rule in the region (emphasis added throughout):

The Hamas campaign to eradicate Fatah from Gaza is certainly not the sole cause of Gazans' misery. They long suffered from Israel's suffocating occupation, and then from Ariel Sharon's foolishly unilateral withdrawal in 2005, a move that allowed Hamas to bid for power with the misleading claim that its rockets and suicide bombings had driven Israeli soldiers and settlers out of Gaza. Gazans were victimized as well by the corruption and misrule of Yasser Arafat's Fatah cronies.

Amazing. Yet, the Globe editorial staff weren’t finished:

The bitterness of the civil war that has forced the United Nations relief agency to suspend all but emergency deliveries of food and medical supplies is clear in the epithets the two sides use for each other. Hamas calls the Fatah fighters "the Jew-American army" while Fatah, alluding to Iran's backing for Hamas, calls the Sunni Muslims of Hamas "the Shi'ites."

What looms ahead is a division between a Fatah-ruled West Bank and a Gaza that is already being called Hamastan. Arafat may be remembered today for his many failings, but the cardinal rule of all his exasperating deceits and maneuvers was to avoid precisely this sundering of the Palestinian national movement. Arafat understood that without Palestinian unity there could be no hope of an independent Palestinian state.

Yes, that Arafat sure was a brilliant and compassionate humanitarian always concerned about Palestinian unity and an independent Palestinian state. That’s why he rejected all of Ehud Barak’s peace offers at Camp David in July 2000 and instead decided to start the al-Aqsa Intifada.

Forgive me, folks, but the revisionist history being employed by the Globe is devastatingly disingenuous to the point of being sick-making.

Suddenly, I need a shower, and my keyboard disinfecting.

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