More Muslims and Arabs criticizing Hamas
This article from Haaretz by Roi Ben-Yehuda is providing further support for my observation that Hamas' political stock is not rising from this latest violence in Gaza and Israel.
Here is the statement from the Canadian Muslim Congress cited in the above-linked article.
And here is the editorial from Mona Eltahway, in an Egyptian newspaper, which states Hamas is just the latest leadership to fail the Palestinians. She also attacks most Arab world leaders as hypocrites.
Still, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has condemned Israel, but not Hamas. It has, however, condemned the arson against a portion of a synagogue in Chicago, Illinois.
The Arab American Institute, for its part, has "talking points" which call for the immediate cessation of what it calls the "bombing campaign", presumably by Israel, but also calls for cessation of the "rocket attacks", presumably by Hamas. Likewise, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) calls for Israel to stop bombing and for Hamas to stop the rocket attacks, this time naming both Israel and Hamas.
However, the ADC blames Israel's actions on November 4, 2008 for starting this latest cycle of violence. Reading this article from the Times of London (not known as pro-Israeli government by any means) from November 6, 2008, I note at least two things: First, neither Hamas nor Israel said at the time that they wanted to tear up the cease-fire agreement. Second, there was good reason to believe the Israelis were acting to stop an imminent attack and to close down what was a significantly offensive military tunnel Hamas had built.
As for today's rejection by Israel from France and other nations for a formal cease-fire, and the weasel words from Hamas' leader, Haniyeh (he demands Israel stop its military actions, and then "it will be possible to talk on all issues...", which means he is not going to do anything to stop the rockets from continuing to hit Israel), it appears there will be more fighting ahead in the next days.
Finally, an interesting article from Jonathan Wright of Reuters, dated December 29, 2008, entitled "Israeli raids deepen rift between Arabs."