The requests by the critics in the last few days concerning the government providing evidence to the people have been answered. Confessions of the detained Hamas members were aired on JTV in addition to a presentation of their arsenal.
(On another note it was interesting to see Al-Jazeera put the word “confessions” between quotes (both in English and Arabic), which in my mind implies they’re not “real”. It’s just a word the Jordanians invented for the purpose of deception. It was kind of funny I guess)
From the Washington Post:
Ayman Naji Daraghmeh, 34, said in his confession that Hamas had instructed him to watch a certain Jordanian intelligence officer, but he did not explain why the group wanted the officer monitored.
“They said this officer has harmed the movement,” said Daraghmeh, who had a long beard and looked relaxed in his videotape. He said a fellow Hamas operative managed to take some “quick photos” of the intelligence officer. Daraghmeh then took these pictures to Hamas in Syria, where he received training in personal security and “resisting interrogation,” he said.
Detainee Ahmad Abu Rabee, 27, said in his confession that Daraghmeh had ordered him to “monitor a bus of the intelligence department” in an Amman district. He said he watched the bus “three or four times,” and reported to Daraghmeh the times of the day that the bus transported the intelligence personnel.
“I understood from Ayman (Daraghmeh) that they had planned to target the bus,” he said, his hand shaking in the videotaped confession.
He said Daraghmeh had also asked him to “gather information on foreign tourists” in the Jordanian resort of Aqaba and to monitor an unidentified Jordanian businessman. Abu Thiyab said Daraghmeh thought the businessman was a Jew, but he was actually a Christian.
Abu Thiyab did not speak of any plans for attacks, saying Daraghmeh told him his activities were “in the service of God and Islam.”
The Hamas response has been so far along the lines of…
“It is not difficult for the (Jordanian) intelligence service to get a person to dig in front of the cameras and extract weapons that have been buried by an unknown body. I wouldn’t be surprised if the intelligence service itself did this,” Hamdan told the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya. “It is not difficult to bring people, torture them, punish them and force them … to record such statements.”
Which is dangerously close to what I predicted yesterday…
IÃ¢??ll be interested to see what information is revealed in these confessions but I know for a fact less than 1% of the people will change their minds. The first thing theyÃ¢??ll say is Ã¢??torturedÃ¢?Â, take my word for it.
So now there are two ways to approach this; either one denies the evidence or accepts it with scepticism. In the latter certain questions arise: the first being what Hamas has to gain from attacking Jordanian Intelligence members or recruiting Jordanians into the organization. I would be so bold to assume the answers were a little obvious. Well suffice to say with the recent Hamas rise to politics the tides are turning and paradigms are shifting. Who would’ve thought Hamas would’ve ever run and win in a Palestinian election? The JIS doesnÃ¢??t have many fans; they are notoriously known throughout the region for what they do and how well they do it. They are basically the first defence against domestic and foreign terrorism.
Anyways, this generally takes us down the path of what is to be gained and what is to be lost.
But the question should be rephrased in my opinion from Ã¢??why would they?Ã¢?? into Ã¢??why wouldn’t they?Ã¢??; the same way it should’ve been rephrased years ago when people first questioned why Al-Queda would ever want to attack Jordan. 11/9 has come and gone and people are still living in the daze of Ã¢??why?!Ã¢?? the exact same question Americans asked after 9/11. And the only response (or ‘justification’) we were offered by the masterminds of both attacks was that we were paying a price for our government’s policies. The only difference between the two societies was that Jordanians had a much better understanding of the “why”, it’s just the outcome that was so pathetic and undesirable.
We are basically asking questions but we grapple more over the answers and how far we are willing to accept them because I think we still live in that state of denial and even if the people we want answers from – be they the Jordanian government or Hamas or what have you Ã¢?? provide them we would still find a way to brush them aside casually since they donÃ¢??t fit in with our current accepted reality. These social paradigms we hold on to with all our might need to be desperately shifted before itÃ¢??s too late and we, as a younger generation, squander the opportunity to acknowledge and accept the new and changing realities instead of holding on to the old and static.