From humble worker to Hamas leader

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    "TEL AVIV, Israel – Danny Mahlouf, a 70-year-old Israeli plasterer from Ashkelon, has a message for Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and it’s personal. "Tell Ismail Haniyeh to lose the beard, and stop making trouble!"

    They go way back. In the late ‘80s, Haniyeh worked for five years as a plasterer in Ashkelon and Mahlouf was his boss. "We were close friends but we lost contact," Mahlouf said. "Then one day my son was watching TV and suddenly he shouted, Dad, come quickly, Ismail’s on TV. He’s prime minister!"

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    Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh waves to supporters in Gaza City, Dec. 8.

    Their story tells much about the ties between Jews and Arabs that have been lost in the violence. The relationships between Israelis and Palestinians weren’t always full of the tension and hatred that often characterize them today, and that raises the possibility that one day, somehow, it could go back to the more peaceful days.

    Old friends
    I met Mahlouf in a café in Ashkelon, while waiting for Grad rockets to fall, fired by Haniyeh’s men in Gaza. My new friends in the café, where I went every day during the recent three-week war, told me Mahlouf’s story and said I must meet him. Then one day he came in, and we talked for an hour.

    He’s a tough old guy who still works a six-day week. He stood up, blew out his chest, patted his firm stomach and boomed, "Guess how old I am! Ismail would recognize me right away!"

    I won’t get in the way of his words, for they tumbled out. But it’s Mahlouf’s explanation of why he believes Ismail Haniyeh changed from a humble worker to an Islamic militant, and what his old friend thinks about him:

    "He was a good worker, he worked for me for five years on a salary. He went with my son to Netanya, all over, he came to my house and I went to his in Gaza.

    "There was no border post then, we all just came and went. We went to him, I went to Jabaliya like going to my own home, we ate fish there, we lived together, no difference between Jews and Arabs. We ate together, they went to Tel Aviv in their cars, I went to his house, his old house, not the new one now! Gaza was like Tel Aviv for me.

    "Weddings, funerals, we were friends. He came with his wife and two children to my daughter’s wedding. But one day his brother was killed and from that very day he became a Hamasnik."


    On May 20, 1990, an Israeli, Ami Popper, who had been dishonorably discharged from the army, lined up Arab workers in the road in Rishon-le-Zion, and killed seven. One of them was Haniyeh’s brother. Popper was sentenced to seven life terms for murder, one for each of the seven Palestinians he killed, but he could be paroled by 2023.

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    "I went to Ismail’s house for the funeral," Mahlouf continued. "There were four men in masks. I thought, walla! I’m finished. I’m a dead man. Then one took off his mask and it was Ismail. He said, ‘I told you not to come. I’m finished. I’ll never come to Israel again.’ He came with me to the Erez border to make sure I was safe, and he never came back to work. I never saw him again.

    "He wasn’t religious – only later when his brother died. Then I didn’t see him again till [I saw him on] TV, and he’s prime minister! But today, let him stay in the bunker.

    "That day at the funeral, I told him, get better, you can’t kill the Jews, we are one state, you are many, you won’t beat us.

    "What’s to talk about? They ate with us, worked with us, lived like kings. What happened? They want to get rid of us, what? Tough, we have our state, that’s it. Nothing they can do about it. There they kill each other, what did they get out of it?

    "That’s it, if you see him, best wishes to Haniyeh. I say to him, Ismail, get better, stop making problems, it’s over. That’s my message to Ismail. And lose the beard. Tell him your boss, Danny the plasterer, Rachel’s husband, sends his best wishes and stop making all those problems. We all want peace."

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    Thank you very much for posting this. I may have missed seeing it!
     
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    Are you trying to make the point Haniyeh is nuts? The guy who killed his brother got seven life sentences - Israel has no death penalty except for certain crimes associated with the Holocaust - so why would Haniyeh hold all of Israel responsible for this unless he's crazy?
     
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    uh oh.. looks like the Mosad heard our local aipac-American users plea for help!

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    yea dude.. CLEARLY being eligible for parole in 2023 is the kind of justice a jew can appreciate. I mean, hell.. it's probably ANTISEMITIC if he doesn't get conjigul visits like Rabin's JEWISH killer. Indeed, I'm sure I can imagine how death penalties in israel apply to non-jews..

    But, please, post another pice of fucking IRONIC GOLD like the bolded sentence.. Lord fucking knows your kind are too busy blaming their religion to give the slightest iota consideration that arab reactioins to JEWISH racim is THE factor that causes their alienation to hate you. Hell, why hold a jew accountable when there are plenty of arab toddlers ready to pay the price of your zionism,. eh?


    After all, lord fucking knows how loud you'd scream holocaust if I lined up a bunch of jews and shot them dead. Hell, THEN your violent retort would be "self defense", right? Not that I'd care after you made sure that I was, ironically, sentenced to death..
     
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    So your point seems to be that Haniyeh is justified in killing Jews because his brother's killer would become eligible for parole after 33 years in prison. That would be considered crazy just about anywhere in the world.
     
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    Totally.
     
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    No, my point is that you people are convinced that your shit don't stink because of your common jewish background while maintaining a state that CLEARLY alienates non-jews, this being a prime example, for the sake of your racist state double standard. Again, how many PM-killers do you think America is about to let have conjigul visits? How many of us dirty fucking goyim would get parole EVER for lining up a series of jews and shooting them dead? Yet, here you are trying to dance around the clear reaction of a pali facing the outright disenfranchisement of his people for the sake of your hatred.

    And YOU think HE;s crazy? Again, let me kill some jews, or a presidential level politician, and see how many ethnic perks I get... If you think they don't "get" how racist your zionism is then CLEARLY you need a lesson in the 60s civil rights era here in the US.
     
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    GOOD INPUT!


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