Hamas, the elected government of Palestine, has called for greater support from its Arab and regional neighbors against Israel’s aggressive actions.
Press TV has interviewed Kevin Barrett, author and Islamic Studies expert, Madison about how Zionist Israel distracts other countries away from focusing seriously on the Palestine issue. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Hamas has said that we want action from Arab States against Israeli aggressions. First of all, why do you think we are seeing this what is described as an inactive approach by these States?
And basically, what kind of action is Hamas looking for when it says it does want to see them take decisive moves?
Obviously if the governments in the Arab world were representing the actual feelings and beliefs and opinions of their people they would be putting the struggle against Zionism and imperialism on the front burner.
But to some extent they’ve been given a cover by the Arab Spring as your other guest said. I think what Hamas wants, very rightfully, is for the Heads of State of all the countries of the region to focus on this issue; to make more waves about it and complain more and it has to be very forthright in supporting this resistance.
Unfortunately it’s true that the imperialist powers have managed to split the resistance along sectarian lines and along ethnic lines with all sorts of distractions.
And that’s what the Zionists have been doing all along. They try to distract people from their crime, which ultimately is the big crime, it’s genocide, which you just said the Gaza Strip will be unlivable in another decade or two if things continue in the way that they’re going.
They’re distracting the people from the genocide by pointing people in every other direction possible. Even 20 years ago they were saying Israel’s crimes are not really that serious and once again they’re distracting us by pointing at Syria and really obfuscating the actual reality of power in the region.
I think in the long term the people of the region are going to make sure that they’re wishes and opinions are reflected, but right now we’re in a period of chaos…
Specifically when it comes to these States, Saudi Arabia and Qatar Kevin Barrett, they’ve been acting very much when it comes to Syria - they’ve been openly saying that they’re funding or supporting the opposition there… again however, when it comes to the Palestinian issue, are they treating the issue of Palestine as an unsolvable crisis so to speak?
The Persian Gulf States are missing in action on the Palestinian front. They have for a really long time. The fact is that these sheikhdoms are really just a puppet face of the Empire and they can’t stand up against the Empire. And apparently the leadership doesn’t want to.
The Saudis put all their billions of dollars of ill-gotten gains in Swiss bank accounts and the US gives its people military and intelligence means to prop up this infinitely corrupt family in power.
And that’s the deal that’s been in place for more than half a century and it hasn’t changed. I think that it’s not going to change very quickly until there is a big change in those countries and here in the US. And I think we’re seeing rumblings in those places.
Some of the most interesting rumblings are happening in the USA. It’s true that the Democratic National Convention (DNC) supposedly passed a resolution declaring Jerusalem to be the eternal capital of Zion or Israel, but the fact is that if you listened to the voice vote, there were more people, it sounded like a louder voice note ‘against’ that resolution, not for it. This is unprecedented.
The delegates at the Democratic Convention were standing up against Zionism.
And likewise in the US military we have the head of the Joint Chiefs standing up to the Israelis telling them to their face that he does not want to be complicit in any attack on Iran.
And we have a lot of people in the US military and intelligence services who are tired of being pushed around by these rabid extremist Zionists who blew up the Twin Towers on 9/11 and murdered 3,000 Americans.
More and more people know about this especially non-military and intelligence services. So I think there will be big changes in the future. The Zionists may be grabbing their chances today, but that won’t last.