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Fatah Official: “There Is No Difference between Hamas and ISIS”


The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) recently reported that Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi stressed in a TV interview on Al Awda TV that Hamas is no better than ISIS.

The interviewer starts out by declaring that it was reported during Operation Protective Edge that Hamas shot Fatah members in the legs in Gaza. According to Abu Jihad, a Fatah member from Gaza, “First of all, in the middle of the war, I was told that I was under house arrest – I was forbidden to leave home – for reasons unknown to me. I went out, but stayed close to home. I didn’t go far away. All of a sudden, a car with three armed men stopped. They got out and told us to stay where we were. They asked me my name, and I told them, and then all three of them opened fire at me.”

“I do not believe that we can keep quiet about what was done to our people in Gaza,” Tawfiq Tirawi emphasized. “National unity is not just an agreement that you sign. That agreement was a mistake, a mistake, a mistake. It was dictated from above – a bullshit agreement with no details and no mechanism for implementation. They went and signed a bullshit agreement with no details. What government would we have, and who would lead it? These issues were not properly determined in the agreement, so we cannot call this national unity.”

“What is happening in Gaza stems from the weakness of Fatah, its leadership, and its Central Committee,” he stressed. “If we want to wage war, we must be united and prepared. How can we possibly be prepared, when Fatah members in Gaza are forbidden to bear arms and fight?”

“Some of the people executed by Hamas were officers in the security agencies,” Tirawi noted. “Hamas says that they were spies. Did they place them on trial? Did they interrogate them? Where are their confessions? Or maybe they brought people who had interrogated Hamas members in the past, and executed them now. What justification can there be for this? According to what law did they execute these people?”

“What is the difference between Hamas and Al-Zarqawi, not to mention ISIS,” he pondered. “I don’t want to mention ISIS, which beheads people. What is the difference between beheading people and executing them by gunfire? Aren’t they both killers, regardless of the execution method, which we all denounce? So why must the Fatah members live this nightmare in Gaza? This nightmare must be stopped.”



Rachel Avraham

Rachel Avraham is the CEO of the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy and the editor of the Economic Peace Center, which was established by Ayoob Kara, who served as Israel's Communication, Cyber and Satellite Minister. For close to a decade, she has been an Israel-based journalist, specializing in radical Islam, abuses of human rights and minority rights, counter-terrorism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Azerbaijan, Syria, Iran, and other issues of importance. Avraham is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media," a ground-breaking book endorsed by Former Israel Consul General Yitzchak Ben Gad and Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara that discusses how the media exploits the life stories of Palestinian female terrorists in order to justify wanton acts of violence. Avraham has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University. She received her BA in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.