Many of us concerned with what is turning into an all out Fateh-Hamas conflict in Gaza might be interested by this view from the inside. The writer is a Telegraph reporter who I met while he was freelancing for the Christian Science Monitor and learning Arabic in Egypt.
When I first started living in Cairo, all the reporters covering the Iraq war were based there and would come unwind in the busy Egyptian capitol. They are great reporters, but so few spoke any Arabic. Charles, the Conflict Blotter author has spent more time than I have learning Egyptian Aamiyah and fusha and now Palestinian Arabic this makes his reporting all the more relevant and nuanced.
Conflict Blotter thinks that the fighting will remain mostly in Gaza and not spread to the West Bank. However, his account of the last broadcast words of the brother of Jamal Abu al-Jediyan is chilling:
Hamas has stormed the home of Jamal Abu Jideyan, general secretary of Fatah in Northern Gaza and an Al Aqsa Brigades commander, and assassinated him. About 20 minutes ago we were listening to Sawt Al Hurriya, a Palestinian radio station, as Jideyan's brother called into the station frantic. Hamas militants had surrouned the family's home in the Jabbaliya refugee camp and had fired 16 RPG rounds at the home, with 35 family members inside, he said. "They're firing at us, firing RPGs, firing mortars. We're not Jews," he screamed into the telephone live on air, gun fire bursting in the background.