Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

More on why it's doubtful "Palestine" can ever function as a real country

This is not only a bad tactic for a job interview, it also demonstrates the complete societal breakdown amongst the Palestinians, and casts more doubts (if more are needed) on the reality of a "Palestinian" nation:

Dozens of gunmen linked to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah group raided a government building in Gaza on Saturday, demanding he make good on a deal to recruit them into his security forces. The Palestinian Interior Ministry said it was checking the circumstances of the incident but declined immediate comment on the latest unrest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that has seen months of growing lawlessness. Abbas' government agreed last month to give hundreds of gunmen from al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades jobs in its security forces in a bid to keep them off the streets, officials said at the time, but gave no timetable for removing their personal weapons. About 40 armed members of the group, some masked, stormed the Legislative Council building in the town of Rafah to protest the delay in the move and occupied it for four hours. They said they had not used violence or held anyone hostage. Group spokesman Abu Wael said all the gunmen left the offices and would wait for a response from the Palestinian Authority elsewhere. Al-Aqsa is linked to Fatah, the main Palestinian group. The al-Aqsa gunmen relayed their message to the Palestinian Authority through a local lawmaker, Abed-Rabbo Abu Awn, who said they 'have raised a legitimate demand…they seek jobs in order to be able to support their families.”
In a related story, the Palestinian National Security Advisor actually admitted that there was a problem:
The growing chaos in the Palestinian Authority is the fault of ineffective PA security forces and should be met by a more aggressive stance on the part of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, PA National Security Advisor Jibril Rajoub says. The unusual remarks follow Abbas’ admission Saturday that the Palestinian Authority is currently facing a security anarchy. In the past, Palestinian figures tended to blame Israeli actions for the state of chaos.