So it seems the vast majority of Palestinian folk quite like the idea of being governed by a party that, for once, states its thoughts in plain, easy-to-understand language:

"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."

From the oft-quoted Hamas Charter. It's less a poiltical charter than a sort of Fractured Fables version of Jewish and Arab history a la Hamas.

Sample: "[Jews] were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests." The Lions! The local Lions club in the small town where I spent my boyhood years used to raise money by throwing pancake breakfasts. They had these enormous black griddles on which they could cook up about 20 at a time. I loved those pancake breakfasts and now it turns out they there just part of the international Jewish conspiracy.

Steve | 13:00 |