03 October '10
(A Soccer Dad heads-up from Barry Rubin: The National, a Gulf newspaper, tries to be hip, daring, and original. It just ran an article about how Gazans don't like Hamas and even think things were better when Israel was running the place. The article was removed from their main site but can now be found on another site of theirs.)
The Daily Alert Blog recently linked to an article Under the Gun: How the People of Gaza Feel About Hamas.
Tried the link to the original article in the National, a paper published in the United Arab Emirates?
Guess what? You can't get to the article through any link. Or any Google search. Not even the cache. It's been scrubbed from the National's website.
A copy of the article exists here. And, no it's not exactly complimentary towards Hamas, with nuggets like:
I ask him if that means the human rights situation was better under Israeli occupation that it is today for residents of both the West Bank and Gaza.
"Why do you think I ask you not use my name? Yes, 100 percent yes," he said. "At least the occupation had a positive effect of drawing the Palestinian people together instead of dividing them. I now fear that we're seeing a systematic effort by Hamas and its religious backers to enter every component of society."
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