I support Israel in the current
Israel-Hamas war, but that does not imply any hatred toward Palestinians.
Analysis should always be an objective and scientific endeavor. In fact, I have
great admiration for the intellectual community in Gaza. I even consider the
"Gaza intellectuals" who advocate for Palestinian rights as not just
a community but a source of honor.
Within the realm of "Gaza
intellectuals", it is crucial to know about some of these prominent
figures. One of the most important of such personalities is the imam Sheikh
Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin. Yassin, a lifelong individual with disabilities
reliant on a wheelchair, assumes a pivotal role as one of the founding members
of Hamas. He emerges as a significant Palestinian intellectual, embodying a
symbolic resonance akin to India's Mahatma Gandhi, despite their fundamentally
disparate ideological underpinnings. This juxtaposition highlights the complex
interplay of ideological orientations within the context of political movements
and intellectual discourse.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad
(PIJ), at times considered to be associated with terrorism, was founded by a
Gazan named Fathi Shaqaqi. Shaqaqi pursued his education in Egypt and
tragically met his demise through an assassination orchestrated by Mossad
agents in 1995. In addition, Abd Al Aziz Awda, a Gaza-based university professor,
assumed the role of the spiritual leader within the PIJ.
Ismail Haniyeh, a Palestinian
politician, was born in Gaza and graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza
with a degree in Arabic literature. Within the confines of this institution,
known for its pronounced religious radicalism, he became an active participant
in student movements. He currently holds a senior leadership position within
the Hamas organization and is responsible for fundraising efforts abroad.
Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi, born in
southern Gaza, pursued his education in Egypt and attained a doctoral degree in
medicine, reaching the prestigious rank of a senior medical doctor. He was also
one of the founders of Hamas and, at one point, was responsible for leading and
developing the armed forces of the organization. Tragically, he fell victim to
an Israeli Air Force attack in 2004.
Anyone familiar with and
understanding the Hamas Charter will be aware that both the Hamas organization
and the Palestinian people approach this charter with caution. There have been
several attempts to amend this so-called "piece of history", but upon
repeated examination and careful consideration, it has ultimately been left
unaltered. This approach is rooted in a manifest philosophical ethos.
It's important to recognize that
members and fighters within the Hamas organization are not primarily composed
of laborers or peasants as one might imagine in historical communist movements
like those led by Lenin and Stalin. Hamas is far from being a group of uneducated
people; they are an intellectual community, primarily consisting of young intelligentsia.
These individuals are typically university students, possibly specializing in
fields such as electronic engineering.
Having provided these examples here, there is still more to consider.
However, it is my belief that we have ample evidence to reach a conclusion: The
purported conflict between Israel and Palestine is, in fact, a tenacious
struggle led by the resolute "Gaza intellectuals" against the entirety
of the Israeli state. This persisting, asymmetric conflict, devoid of a
discernible victor thus far, has engendered novel perspectives and insights
into the role of intellectuals in the contemporary era.