If both Hamas and Fatah start racing to expose the atrocities committed by the other, they may never stop. Both will have what Bob Hope, Don Rickles, and Milton Berle could only dream about: a virtually endless supply of new material.
Moderate Fatah Update: “A Visit to Fatah’s Torture Chamber,” by Ulrike Putz in Spiegel Online (thanks to Sr. Soph):
A building formerly occupied by Fatah’s intelligence service in Gaza was long notorious for torture and execution. Now Hamas is in control — and is letting former inmates visit the chamber of horrors.
The cells are small, perhaps six feet by six feet, with only an overhead lamp to provide light. The toilet is a hole in the floor behind a small wall. The prisoners have scribbled graffiti on the walls, including slogans like “Al-Qaida in Jerusalem” and “Islamic Jihad.” One inmate even scratched the phrase “Mother, oh my mother” into the plaster.
The children have no interest in the graffiti. Four of them are rushing through the 30-odd basement cells, their mother and aunts in tow. The nine-member family has taken the afternoon off. Where parents in other parts of the world might take their children to a chamber of horrors in an amusement park, the main attractions in the Gaza Strip these days are Fatah’s torture chambers.