Yael has rather a breathless post tonight about what she takes to be the implications of the apparently momentous step by the Palestinian Fatah movement to ban its former partner in the "National Unity Government" of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas.
And according to one of her Palestinian fellow bloggers, Palestinian Authority TV has now started turning out broadcasts that stigmatize and demonize Hamas just as for so many years they have stigmatized and demonized Israel.
It all reminds me of those scenes in George Orwell's "1984" where the propaganda machine shifts the population seemlessly and without a pause for breath from fighting enemy-to-the-death Country 1 to fighting allies-for-ever Country 2. Only in this case, it's the other way round.
As Yael pointed out in an earlier post, this is the same Fatah whose Dahlan claimed only the other day that the whole Hamas coup was an Israeli plot anyway. And, by the way, didn't he also recently claim that the reason Hamas was able to trounce Fatah so quickly and decisively in the battle for Gaza was that the poor Fatah fighters were so exhausted by their years of struggle with Israel?
It all absolutely fits with Fatah still being an unreconstructed Marxist-totalitarian party, true to its
traditions from the Stalinist yearbook, which overlaid itself in recent years with a veneer of Islamism.
Maybe I'm being too cynical.
Maybe those hundreds of Palestinian organizations and trade unions, all controlled by Fatah, will now pass hundreds of identical resolutions overturning their call for a total boycott of Israel and calling instead for a total boycott of Iran, Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood worldwide.
Oooh, look--did you see those pigs just turning aerial somersaults as they zoomed past the window?