- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (6 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230609058
- ISBN-13: 978-0230609051
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,357,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine Hardcover – 6 Nov 2008
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'… a long overdue account of the importance of Palestinian politics on the politics of making peace.' - The Jerusalem Post
'…for anyone wanting to understand the background to this war and the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this book is must reading.' - Washington Jewish Week
'Jonathan Schanzer has given us a very important book...accessible, lively, and instructive.' - Luis Fleischman, New Jersey Jewish News
'This book provides a comprehensive overview of this deep, hidden, bitter and often lethal conflict within Palestinian society' - Colin Shindler, Asian Affairs
A gripping history that explodes the myth of Palestinian unitySee all Product Description
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Although the violence was covered by the mainstream media, it seemed that this was merely a brief footnote in the Israel-Palestine conflict which soon passed. But far from it. Far away from the media's everyday coverage of the Jewish-Arab acrimony is another struggle, the struggle for Palestine with a long history. On the one hand, the secular nationalist Fatah (now ruled by Mahmoud Abbas) and Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. (Hamas being an Islamist organisation with terror status from the EU and US.)
Although many in the international community were surprised by the violence, this violence was the culmination of two decades of civil war started in 1987, during the first intifada.
With the over-reporting of the Israel-Palestine conflict in our media, you'd be forgiven for not having picked up on this aspect of Palestinian life. Jonathan Schanzer, a counterterrorism analyst for the US Dept of Treasury and research fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, laments the almost total lack of coverage of such an important story, and briefly goes into the reasons for this, such as a lack of press freedom in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as other reports that attribute this to academics `with an [political] axe to grind'.Read more ›
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The book is written in a style that reflects scholarly research and ample end notes although it is easily read by those with a basic interest in the violence in the region.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is concerned about attacks on Israel, the prospects of peace between Palestinians and Israelis or those who want to learn more about recent history of this region.
Schanzer's book focuses on largely on the implications of factionalism which is based on a mix of hamullah (clan), family, regional, organizational and
religious differences. Hamas over the years has received a great deal of its funding from the Shia state of Iran, which irritates the local Sunni
community as well as inviting distrust from Egypt, Wahabist Saudi Arabia and the GCC, keeping in mind that these three are wary of each other as well.
Whereas the PA which also had a history with Iran, chose to emphasize its relationship with Iraq, whose conflicts with Iran and the Gulf States strained
relationships with the KSA, the Gulf States (and therefore Jordan) and the West. Hamas has also flirted with Al Queda, for example sending operatives to training camps in Afghanistan. At the Nared al-Baradi UNRA camp in 2007 the purported infiltration of AQ gave rise to a clash using tanks with the Lebanese army leaving dozens dead and many more wounded. Schanzer feels that there is little chance that Hamas would allow an external rival such as Al Queda would be allowed to usurp the in Gaza even though the groups share similar goals and approaches. I was suprised to learn that one of the founders of AQ, killed in Pakistan in 1989, was a west bank member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Abdullah Azzam, who also was one of the founders of Hamas - had he lived there might have been more concern about cooperation. AQ's goals are regional and grievances span centuries; Hamas is more focussed on the local struggle with Israel. Everyone has their own set of interests - there are always more than two sides.
The book did not contain everything I would have liked, and improvements would have been a look at other actors such as the Bedouin of the Sinai who have been instrumental in smuggling arms, the role of UNRWA both as an enabler and moderator, exploration of the Syrian and Sudanese connection to Hamas as well as the business class in both territories. The discussion of the various clans could have used more depth. Completed in late 2008 just before the start of Operation Cast Lead, it's just a bit dated in terms of current events but still serves as good grounding of where we are at today as, aside from various "unity meetings", the two sides appear as far apart now as they were then.
Now consider the implications of Egypt run by the Muslim Brotherhood, which leans towards Hamas.
An informative read. Recommended.
In tracing the historical development of the rivalry and occasionally open physical conflict between the Fatah of Arafat and the Hamas of Sheik Yassin and Haniyeh Jonathan Schanzer gives a close- up look of where the mind and hearts of Palestianian leaders truly have been and are. He shows the process by which 'Hamas' has gradually gained power, replacing Fatah not only in Gaza but in the minds and hearts of the intellectuals of Palestinian society.
He too traces the connections of the Palestinians with other actors in both the Arabic and Islamic worlds. And he indicates the increasing role Iran is playing in the Palestinian story.
This is first- rate research, clearly written.
It also brings us pretty much up to date, and gives a strong sense of the internal Palestinian struggles at this moment.
A must read for anyone who would understand the Middle East today.
Well written, scary topic, but an important read.
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