Monday, 6 September 2021
Later this month, the gathering in Brighton of the world's only political party to advocate an invasion of Gaza might care to consider that, like the Hamas that it wished to overthrow there, the six escapees from Gilboa agreed with its position of support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and of support for the British-backed insurrection that Shamima Begum joined in Syria. So much for the elision of "Hamas and Hezbollah". They are at war with each other.
Indeed, so controversial is the stance of Hamas, of Islamic Jihad, and of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades as de facto parts of Fatah, in their agreement with what has at least until recent weeks been the foreign policy of the United Kingdom and of the United States in Yemen and in Syria, that the rival Harakat al-Sabireen has been founded by former Islamic Jihad members in Gaza who have gone so far as to convert to Shi'ism, which is a perfectly jaw-dropping thing for any Palestinian to do, never mind one with a background in Islamic Jihad.
Sabireen, which also has a presence on the West Bank, sends condolences to Hezbollah fighters who have been killed fighting against the so-called Islamic State in Syria. At the same time, Hamas tortures Sabireen in Gaza, and Sabireen's founder, Hisham Salim, therefore appears to have taken refuge in Iran. All in all, and among very much else, the British media are either woefully ill-informed or they are out-and-out liars, the British Government is hopelessly out of its depth, and the British Labour Party has lost the plot.