RAMALLAH, West Bank - A slew of jokes circulating among Palestinians following Hamas' landslide election victory reflects concerns that the fundamentalist group will impose Islamic law and social codes across the West Bank and Gaza.Ok, I don't get it. If they don't like having a terrorist/fundamental religious government, why did they overwhelmingly vote them in?
...Invoking God and Islamic tradition is the mainstay of all the quips that have been spreading by word of mouth and mobile phone text messages in the past few days.
Hamas officials rushed to deny that they will force their beliefs on Palestinians.
"Rest assured we don't impose our thoughts on anyone," Hamas leader Khaled Maashal said Saturday in the Syrian capital, Damascus. "We will present our thoughts to our people and they have the right to choose."
So, they don't impose their thoughts on anyone? I guess the suicide bomb attacks on Israel are just meant in good fun?
I don't care how much I research that part of the world, I will probably never really understand it. Islam supposedly preaches peace, and then so-called followers of it blow innocents and noncombatants up. Palestinians demand the West Bank back, and when they more or less get it, they elect the "Death to Israel" party to show their appreciation. Then they joke about it while holding angry demonstrations and firing guns into the air in protest.