Today is BBC correspondent Alan Johnston's 45th birthday, but sadly he is unable to celebrate. It has been 66 days since Johnston was seized at gunpoint in Gaza.
Despite numerous international appeals and local Palestinian and Israeli demonstrations for his release, Johnston's situation remains unknown. Read his fellow BBC correspondent's birthday tribute here.
The Palestinians have recently done much to damage their own cause, starting with Johnston's kidnapping, apparently by a splinter group. This week political infighting has made a mockery of a Palestinian unity government. Differences have escalated to the point that Fateh and Hamas factions are ambushing and killing each other in the streets. On Wednesday a group of journalists in a press building were under seige from sniper fire.
The insanity of Palestinians killing each other must stop. Turning on each other won't solve their problems, but create more. How can anyone help them if they won't help themselves? I pray they will come to their senses and work together to achieve their common goals. And I pray Alan Johnston is safe and soon will be reunited with his family, friends and colleagues.