- the Palestinians are a people
- the Israelis are a people
- Hamas is a violent, ultra-right wing, religious group, founded on, and driven by, hatred of Jews.
Palestinians and Israelis, Arabs and Jews, do not need to hate each other. I truly believe that this hatred is a minority on both sides.
It is this hatred between the far right on one side, and the far right on the other, which is fueling the conflict in the Gaza strip.
The propaganda spewed by the self-righteous, hate-mongering few, and naively repeated by the self-righteous, self-proclaimed anti-war left in the rest of the world, is only making this situation worse.
The more that the world tells Israel to back off, calling Israelis evil, calling for boycotts, the tighter the Israelis will close together, left-wing and right-wing, to defend themselves against the very real threat of Hamas terrorists firing 100s of missiles every day at civilian targets across Israel, forcing Israelis to live underground, constantly running for shelter all through the day, and the reinforced sense of being left to fend for themselves against total annihilation, as promised by Hamas in it’s Covenant of 1988.
The more the world tells Hamas that it is justified in its 100s of rockets fired at civilian targets in Israel, repeating the propaganda that Hamas is fighting for the freedom of the Palestinians, when Hamas ‘warriors’ hide in tunnels, letting their Palestinian brethren die on the streets and in their homes, the more Hamas will feel empowered to continue their non-stop barrage of civilian targets. What they cannot kill, they will disrupt. (Question – how come Hamas, who have warrens of tunnels in Gaza to hide their soldiers and weapons, haven’t created any bunkers or underground shelters to protect the innocent Palestinians they purportedly care about?)
Hamas’s published covenant, set out on August 18th, 1988 states that the purpose of Hamas is to wipe out the country of Israel; “This Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS), clarifies its picture, reveals its identity, outlines its stand, explains its aims, speaks about its hopes, and calls for its support, adoption and joining its ranks. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realised.”
Hamas was setup as a vehicle of war, not peace. Article 8 of the charter states Hamas mission; “Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.” Jihad is holy war. Jihad is Hamas’s officially stated, chosen path.
Hamas is officially a group of racially driven, violent antisemitics, as their founding slogan states, “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews…when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
Hamas has no intention of supporting a dual state, or of supporting compromise, as quoted from their original covenant, “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Moslem generations till Judgement Day?”
Not only is Hamas against Israel, the extent if its premise extends to any land ever conquered by any Muslim empire, ever, “This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.”
In other words, Hamas doesn’t just want to Islamify all of the land that is now Israel. Hamas’s officially stated purpose is to eventually take over (by violence, if necessary) any land ever conquered by Muslims at any point, including China, Asia, Africa, Russia, Sicily, Iberia, and Eastern Europe.
The founding articles of Hamas go on to state, in Article 13, that international forums for peace are false, and will not bring about peace, but only invite the “infidels” into Palestine; “Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason, with one stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference and participating in it. Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Moslems as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?”
It also states that war is the only solution to the issue of Palestine, “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad.”
None of this shows an organization that wants peace, or a dual state solution, or even international support or negotiations. Hamas want total annihilation of Jews (not just Israel, which has Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, as well as other religions), but also of all Jews specifically.
After Israel, they clearly state their plan to take over any land ever conquered by Muslims at any point in history, by force, and enforce Sharia law. This is like reading an Islamic extremist Mein Kampf. When will we ever learn?
Hamas and the Palestinian people in Gaza are not the same.
The Palestinian people are victims, trapped between Hamas’s religiously driven machinations, and Israel’s fight to stop Hamas from firing 100s of rockets into Israel every day.
Hamas are self-proclaimed terrorists, with a clearly stated intent to push for total annihilation of Jews and the destruction of Israel.
Palestinians are the victims caught in the cross-fire.
Let’s not lose sight of this important reality, in the face of the horrible conflict which is killing Palestinians in Gaza.
Because I see a lot of propaganda treating Hamas and the Palestinian people as one and the same.
They are not the same.
Hamas are a self-proclaimed terrorist group, intent on religious genocide against the Jews, as detailed in their own proclamation, or ‘Covenant,’ as far back as August 18th, 1988.
Let us STOP calling Hamas anything but religious extremist terrorists. For that is what they are, evil feeding off of fear, hatred, and ignorance.
My heart goes to the Palestinians caught in the middle of this conflict. Arabs and Jews should stop fighting.
And the world should recognise Hamas for what they really are; religious fundamentalists hell-bent on wiping out an entire country, based on religious hatred.
Please CONTINUE distributing harrowing tales of truth and suffering, of injustice. The truth is crucial, and binds us as humans in this world of suffering.
Please STOP distributing hate-fueling propaganda, as no matter what you think you are doing, you are actually only fueling the death and destruction.
Please START having real conversations, across borders, across religions, across political views. This is the only way we will stop the killing.
I am ashamed of every piece of propaganda that my supposedly intelligent friends spew, ignorant of the fact that they are guilty of making things worse.
More facts, less bullshit, please.