Thursday, January 26, 2006

Election Fever (1989)

1989 Dry Bones cartoon - Palestinian Elections
In 1989 Palestinian adults, who had lived under Jordanian rule until the 1967 war were fairly content. But in the 22 years following '67 a generation of Palestinians was born into Israeli "occupation". Kids who knew nothing of life under Arab rule. Kids who saw democracy in Israel and saw their own powerlessness . The result was the Intifada, a children's uprising. The PLO chieftains were all, at that time, outside the country.

It's now 17 years since this cartoon was published.
The rioting kids have grown up. And they've just had their say at the polls.
We're being told that the huge vote for Hamas is actually a vote against the corrupt PLO chieftains who returned to take over.
Apparently the Hamas pledge to destroy the Jewish State in a bloodbath of violence was only a secondary factor in their vote-getting.

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