Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Hamas Resurgent

In kindergartens run by the Islamic charities every little seat is taken.

Here the teachers pass on a controversial vision of a Palestine that stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, a Palestine that denies Israel's right to exist.

"Who is trying to take away your land?" the teacher asks a class of four-year-olds crowded around low round tables.

"The Jews," they shout. "Will you let them?" she asks. "No," they respond.

This is a school funded and run by Hamas, the organization Arafat claims to control, yet which is increasingly spiralling out of his influence. If Arafat can't even speak for the group he fronts, how can he negotiate for all Palestinians?

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