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The Terror Elite
A new pamphlet the details the brutal history of Gaza’s jihadist rulers.




It is one of the oddities of the global war on terrorism that while al-Qaeda is almost universally condemned, its Sunni terrorist counterparts in Hamas continue to attract a devoted following. Former president Jimmy Carter annually sings Hamas’s praises, insisting to all who will listen that Western governments must reach out to Gaza’s jihadist rulers. At “peace” demonstrations and on college campuses, banners are waved in honor of the group openly sworn to the destruction of Israel and the extermination of Jews worldwide. All this and more is the subject of Steven Plaut’s devastating new pamphlet, “Hamas: The Terror Elite.”

In a sweeping survey of Hamas’s bloody history, Plaut reveals that the terror group remains unwaveringly committed to its goal of carrying out a new genocide against Jews. Plaut also describes the little-mentioned reality that the self-described “legitimate” representative of the Palestinian people is also their most brutal tormentor. Terrorizing its own, Hamas tortures Gaza’s residents, forces them to live under oppressive Islamic law, and dispatches “vice squads” to deal with those who dare to defy its fanatical rule. It’s little wonder that Hamas has found its firmest allies in the mullahs of Iran and Osama Bin Laden’s terrorist shock troops. As Plaut’s pamphlet shows beyond any doubt, “Hamas and al-Qaeda are basically two sides of the same Jihad.” To read “Hamas: The Terror Elite,” please click here.
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How Hamas Governs Gaza



Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Jonathan Schanzer, director of policy at the Jewish Policy Center. He has served as a counterterrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of Treasury and as a research fellow at Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is the author of the new book, Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine. Daniel Pipes wrote the foreword to the book and some of the research was undertaken at Pipes' Middle East Forum.



FP: Jonathan Schanzer, thank you for joining us again.

Schanzer: My pleasure, Jamie.

FP: Today, I'd like to talk about the way Hamas has governed Gaza since taking it over by force in 2007. But first, please briefly review the thesis of your new book Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine.

Schanzer: My new book documents the ongoing political and military struggle between the two largest Palestinian factions – Hamas and Fatah – dating back to 1988. Today, as a civil war rages in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel, the international community cannot even identify a legitimate Palestinian interlocutor. The book looks at how we arrived at this difficult place.

FP: Please tell our readers about the June 2007 war between Hamas and Fatah.

Schanzer: In a word, it was brutal. The battle for Gaza lasted a mere six days. Fatah’s forces, trained and armed by the United States and other western nations, failed miserably. Some left the field of battle. Others joined the Hamas fighters. Those who stood their ground were likely not prepared for their brutal enemy. According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Hamas violence was indiscriminate, demonstrating a willful disregard for the conventions of war. Hamas fighters pushed Fatah members from the roofs of tall buildings. Hamas even killed people who were already injured, or shot their enemies at point-blank range to ensure permanent disabilities. Hamas also attacked private homes and apartment buildings, hospitals, ambulances, and medical crews. All told, the June fighting claimed the lives of at least 161 Palestinians, including 7 children and 11 women. Some 700 Palestinians were wounded.

FP: What happened when the guns fell silent?

Schanzer: Hamas began to govern through a combination of violence, authoritarianism, and Islamism. Ismael Haniyeh, the ascendant ruler of Gaza, officially denied accusations that Hamas intended to establish an Islamic emirate. However, by November, the British press reported that “only believers feel safe” in Gaza and that “un-Islamic” dress sometimes resulted in beatings. According to a UN report, women “felt coerced to cover their heads not out of religious conviction but out of fear.”

The new Hamas government attacked the media and peaceful demonstrations, and engaged in the “destruction, seizure, and robbery of governmental and non-governmental institutions,” according to one human rights report.

In short, the few reluctant steps toward liberalization that the PA had taken during its 13-year rule in Gaza—small advances in press and political freedoms, for example—were wiped out in days.

FP: There were reports of torture. Were these accurate?

Schanzer: Yes. Some 1,000 people, almost all members of Fatah and the PA, were illegally arrested in the first months of Hamas rule by the new Hamas police, the Executive Force. The leader of the Executive Force actually admitted to the use of torture and violence against Hamas’s political enemies. He stated in August that torture occurred in Hamas prisons but that the EF was trying “to minimize violations and avoid them through the training of our members.”

The allegations of torture continued, however. In September, Hamas abducted five Fatah men who were later transferred for treatment to a Gaza hospital, where evidence of torture was reported. Rights groups reported that other Fatah prisoners “sustained fractures to the feet” as a result of beatings with sticks. In other instances, Fatah men were “handcuffed and blindfolded” and had pieces of cloth stuffed in their mouths to stifle their screams.

FP: How did Gaza’s Christian population fare?

Schanzer: They probably suffered the most. Hamas grossly mistreated the minority Christian community, mostly Greek Orthodox, which had lived in relative peace for centuries amid Gaza’s predominantly Sunni Muslim population.

In June 2007, masked gunmen attacked the Rosary Sisters School and the Latin Church in Gaza City. Hamas gunmen used rocket-propelled grenades to storm the main entrances of the school and church. Then they destroyed almost everything inside. That same month, Hamas kidnapped Professor Sana al-Sayegh, a teacher at Palestine University in Gaza City, and forced her to convert to Islam against her will. Her family’s attempts to meet with Hamas leaders to find her repeatedly failed. Requests by community leaders to meet with Hamas were also turned down.

In October, the body of 30-year-old Rami Ayyad, the owner of the Holy Bible Association, was found in an eastern suburb of Gaza City. Ayyad’s organization had been the target of a grenade attack during protests stemming from the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.

In February 2008, unidentified gunmen blew up the YMCA library in the Gaza Strip. Two guards were kidnapped, offices were looted, and vehicles were stolen, and more than 8,000 books were destroyed. That attack came only days after a Hamas “modesty patrol” attacked a Christian youth’s car after he was seen driving a female classmate to her home. Both were injured in that attack.

By one count, more than 50 attacks had taken place in the first few months following the June coup. Targets included barbershops, music stores, and even a UN school where boys and girls played sports together.

FP: Did the Gaza population fight back?

Schanzer: Some tried non-violent resistance. However, those who held demonstrations against the lack of law in Gaza also suffered. According to al-Jazeera, the Executive Force beat peaceful Fatah demonstrators after the coup. By August, Hamas banned unlicensed demonstrations by the Fatah party. According to Hamas, the demonstrations were “being used to create chaos and terrorism.”

Hamas’s apprehension over the demonstrations was understandable. They sometimes turned violent, particularly when Hamas security forces began forcefully dispersing the crowd. Associated Press television aired images of Hamas men beating an unarmed protester with sticks. In some cases, according to Amnesty International, Hamas deliberately shot unarmed demonstrators. In two cases, Palestinians were shot and killed while trying to help other demonstrators who were injured.

It is interesting to note that when Hamas threw rocks at Israelis during the 1987 and 2000 uprisings, the group called this “resistance.” When Palestinian protestors threw stones at Hamas, the new rulers of Gaza called them “outlaws” and arrested them.

FP: So, why did most people not hear about this in the West?

Schanzer: Hamas worked assiduously to cover its own tracks. To control the reporting out of Gaza, Hamas began to issue government press cards to journalists. Predictably, journalists whom Hamas did not like did not receive credentials. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate protested that the tactic threatened journalists and prevented them from doing their jobs. The syndicate alleged that under the Hamas government’s draconian rules, phrases such as “Hamas militias” and “ousted government” were banned. Hamas also announced it would ban stories that did not support “national responsibilities” or those that would “cause harm to national unity.”

The more journalists complained, the more difficult Hamas made it for them. The Union of Palestinian Journalists reported that after a series of threats, Hamas forces raided the home of one journalist. The union further noted that its ranks had been threatened and blackmailed by Hamas on a daily basis. The Foreign Press Association confirmed these reports, claiming Hamas had engaged in “harassment of Palestinian journalists in Gaza.” Reporters Without Borders, an international media watchdog group, noted that Hamas “failed to investigate” these incidents.

FP: How did Hamas manage the Gaza economy?

Schanzer: Rather horribly. Due to Israel’s sanctions against the Hamas government, stores in Gaza were out of many products, and hospitals ran low on crucial supplies, including anesthetics and antibiotics. Seeking to avert a humanitarian crisis, the Israelis eventually allowed certain medical supplies into Gaza but vowed to withhold other nonessentials. However, Hamas ensured that goods and supplies would be cut off every time they launched rockets into Israel. Indeed, they had a choice. They could either fire rockets and ensure continued suffering for their people, or cease the violence and make sure the population was provided for. For nearly a year, Hamas chose violence.

Hamas also neglected Gaza’s infrastructure. As a result of Hamas mismanagement, several Gaza sewer pipes burst, which flooded homes and businesses with a foul river of waste that was several yards high. Gazans were infuriated when it was learned that the Israeli-made pipes that were intended to repair Gaza’s decrepit sewage system had been sold to Hamas but used to assemble Qassam missiles and bunkers.

The most anger, however, likely stemmed from the Hamas government’s decision to raise taxes on cigarettes. Lucky Strikes used to cost 10 shekels ($2.50) per pack. After Hamas came to power, the same pack of cigarettes cost 16 or 17 ($4.00 or $4.25) shekels. Other American cigarettes could cost Gazans upward of 40 shekels per pack ($10.00). The Gazans who could not afford to smoke were said to be “fuming.”

FP: Some people say that there were positive aspects of Hamas rule. How is that possible?

Schanzer: Hamas, of course, attempted to highlight the positives. Within weeks of the takeover, the Islamists boasted that crime, tribal clashes, and kidnapping had all dropped precipitously in the Gaza Strip. But, this drop in crime was more than likely the result of fear on the part of Gaza residents rather than a sign of increased or improved law enforcement.

Hamas proved once again that terrorist groups, much like their Fatah predecessors, were unfit to govern. The Islamist group exhibited an almost criminal indifference to the suffering of Gaza citizens impacted by the violence, lack of services, deepening poverty, collateral damage from the battles, and the predictable Israeli reprisals that resulted from Hamas attacks.

FP: Jonathan Schanzer, thank you for joining us.

Schanzer: You’re quite welcome, Jamie. Always a pleasure.
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Focus on Hamas: Terror by Remote Control



Yehudit Barsky is senior Middle East research analyst at the Anti-Defamation League.

Administrators at the University of South Florida faced a most unusual problem in October 1995: a former member of their academic staff, Ramadan Abdallah Shallah, had just been named leader of Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organization that has undertaken repeated suicide bomb attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. Shallah had cultivated a soft-spoken image of himself in Tampa; in contrast, the former adjunct professor now pledged a "hard war" against Israel and praised the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.1 Shallah's former colleagues who knew him as "Ramadan Abdallah" were incredulous, but the image of their colleague of four years being broadcast from Syria was unmistakable.

Similarly, Musa Abu Marzuq was arrested at Kennedy Airport in July 1995 on charges of murder and attempted murder for Hamas,2 the other fundamentalist Islamic group that repeatedly engages in terrorist acts against Israel. At the time of his arrest, Abu Marzuq--a permanent resident of the United States for five years--headed a Washington-area think tank called the United Association for Studies and Research.

The involvement of these two American-based scholars in Middle Eastern violence points to a larger pattern: since the late 1980s, leaders of a number of fundamentalist Islamic organizations have found a safe haven in the United States and Western Europe. Groups involved include Algeria's Islamic Salvation Front, Tunisia's Islamic Tendency Movement, Saudi Arabia's Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights, the MQM group in Pakistan and the Bahrain Freedom Movement. Nonfundamentalist organizations that have similarly found refuge in the West include the People's Mujahedin of Iran and the Worker's Party of Kurdistan.

Again and again, profoundly anti-Western fundamentalist groups relocate to the West. Why do they do so? What implications does this have for the Middle East and for the West? What can be done to prevent them from using the United States as a base from which to carry out their violence?

WHY IN THE WEST?

The apparent paradox of fundamentalists' situating themselves in enemy territory is easily resolved; leaders of fundamentalist organizations find it advantageous to their causes to live in the West. To show this, we look in detail at the case of Hamas (formally, the Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine, Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya fi Filastin), a group that rose to prominence immediately after its founding in 1987. Hamas is not only particularly well known (due to the recent arrest and conviction of several operatives) but it is the fundamentalist movement with the most developed international infrastructure.

The extent of Hamas's links to the United States became apparent in December 1992, when the Israeli authorities arrested Dr. Mahmud Rumayhi, the local liaison for two Palestinian-Americans living in the Chicago area. On January 25, 1993, they then arrested the two operatives, Muhammad `Abd al-Hamid Salah and Muhammad Hilmi Jarad, on charges of distributing more than a half-million dollars to local Hamas activists. Salah was subsequently convicted, and sentenced in 1995 to a five-year prison term; Jarad got only six months and returned to Chicago in 1993.

Personal freedoms. Freedoms that Westerners take for granted--freedom of assembly and freedom of movement--are far more restricted and regulated in the Middle East. In many countries, the government must approve all organizations; unofficial groups being illegal, their leaders may be arrested and jailed. Movement within the country and abroad is closely watched. The freedoms available in the West thereby make it easier for fundamentalists to lead their organizations from afar than from near.

Advanced communications. In contrast to the heavily surveilled, oppressive atmosphere within most Middle Eastern countries, terrorist leaders who have relocated in the West face no difficulties in acquiring state-of-the-art communications technology. They have spread throughout the West to make use of ever more advanced modes of communication--audio tapes, videotapes, fax machines, and now the Internet. These forms of communication are not easily accessible in the Middle East and, where they do exist, tend to be highly regulated to suppress dissent. In many countries, for example, an individual requires a license to own a fax machine or has access to the Internet only through government-owned services.3 Taking advantage of guaranteed Western freedoms, the terrorist leaders can say anything, at any time, anywhere in the West, then have pronouncements distributed internationally.

In particular, the proliferation of fax machines in the late 1980s made instant, direct, mutual, and detailed communications possible between the commanders of terror organizations and their followers. During his exile in New York, Sheikh `Umar Abd ar-Rahman produced and distributed taped sermons vitriolically denouncing the Egyptian government more freely than he could have from Egypt. More recently, Muhammad al-Mas`ari, the Saudi fundamentalist dissident living in exile in Britain, has maintained contact with his followers in the Saudi kingdom via fax and electronic-mail updates.

Protecting the leaders. Immediate communications between operatives and commanders abroad make possible the continuing development of an organization like Hamas. It seems to consider its operatives expendable; in contrast, the leadership has benefited from living in a haven where it can operate openly because it does not carry out violent activities on U.S. soil. In this, terrorist groups seem to be emulating business corporations--which increasingly locate their headquarters in one country and diversify their operations by relocating them in distant countries.

Leadership. Far from being cut off and alienated from their Middle Eastern followers, leaders of Islamic fundamentalist groups are able to maintain contact and keep abreast of developments on the ground in their home countries. From their places of exile in the West, the leadership of fundamentalist Islamic movements maintains daily contact with followers in the Middle East via facsimile transmissions, telephone conversations, and frequent visits of emissaries of the movement from their home countries. During the intifada, the Hamas movement's communiqués, for example, were jointly produced by Hamas activists in Gaza, who drafted the materials and then faxed them to Ahmad Bin Yusuf, a Hamas ideologue resident in Virginia, for his editing and approval. The communiqués were then faxed back to Wa'il Banat, a Hamas activist in Gaza, for distribution.4 Thus do Hamas leaders respond to and incorporate the sentiments of their followers.

Intelligence-gathering. Fax machines also serve as an intelligence-gathering device to collect reports from the field, which then are compiled and analyzed at the organization's Western headquarters. In the Hamas case, for example, Bassam Musa in the Khan Yunis area of Gaza maintained contact with Muhammad Salah, Abu Marzuq's emissary and a resident of Chicago, by collecting Hamas field reports and faxing them off to him. In one case, Bassam Musa sent off the description of a local man accused of "collaboration" with the Israeli authorities; in so doing, he was asking permission to attack him. Soon after, the man was killed by members of Hamas's "military" wing, the `Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigade.5

Targeted by Muslim regimes. Especially since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Middle Eastern states tend to see fundamentalist Muslims as their most dangerous enemies and stop at little to crush them.6 But they have been ruthless for many years: as long ago as March 1970, the Sudanese government called out the air force to kill some three thousand fundamentalists holed up on Aba Island in the Nile. Likewise, the Syrian military assaulted Muslim Brethren in the city of Hama in February 1982, leading to an estimated twenty thousand deaths. Starting in January 1992, the military junta in Algeria has mercilessly pursued that country's fundamentalists; in the near civil war since then, some fifty thousand lives have been lost. Fundamentalist groups, in short, do better in the West, where they are exotic, obscure, and pretty much left alone.

Fundraising. Living in the wealthy countries of the West gives terrorist leaders access to greater financial resources than would be the case in their countries of origin. They establish ostensibly charitable organizations to raise funds for their terrorist operations overseas. Muhammad Salah, the convicted emissary, indicated that a total of thirty-one charitable organizations plus many mosques raise funds on behalf of Hamas in the United States.7 These charitable organizations advertise in U.S.-based publications, which are then distributed at conventions run by fundamentalist groups. Those conventions are a particularly useful fundraising outlet; taking place in the ballrooms of hotels in major American cities, they attract several thousand participants.8 The organizations have adopted the Western practice of sending direct mail appeals during the holiday season, in this case particularly during the Ramadan fast. In addition, they encourage Muslims to donate a percentage of their income as zakat, the charitable giving required by Islamic law, to such causes.

Attack Western governments. The terror organizations' first priority is overthrowing their home governments, but living in the West also allows them to target the great power patrons of those governments. By situating himself in the West, Sheikh `Umar `Abd ar-Rahman afforded himself the possibility of waging war against his enemies on two fronts. Initially, he concentrated on inciting his followers against Egypt's regime by producing tape recordings of his sermons.9 Then, because he sees the U.S. government as the force that keeps Husni Mubarak in power, `Abd ar-Rahman and his followers waged a parallel war against the American government.

Having leaders live abroad has two other major benefits: it permits the organization on the ground to be compartmentalized and organized in cells; and it makes possible the discreet movement of large sums of money.

COMPARTMENTALIZATION

By virtue of exporting its leadership, Hamas went from being a centrally controlled organization to being one with a diversified base, and gained much from this change. In the past, the capture of a single operative risked exposing the entire command structure of an organization; this is no longer the case. Now when a terror cell is exposed, the organization can regroup its efforts almost instantly because its essential command-and-control structure remains intact.

From the movement's origins, the quadriplegic Sheikh Ahmad Yasin served as the leader and the central address for all of its activities. As the movement's leader, he enjoyed assistance from Muslim Brethren activists in Jordan and maintained ties with Musa Abu Marzuq, a close associate of his from the Muslim Brethren who had left Gaza to study for his Ph.D. in the United States in 1974.10 Yasin's involvement in every aspect of Hamas's activities and his centralized control over a small, tightly knit organization eventually almost caused its downfall. His arrest by the Israeli authorities in 1989 indicated the range of his activities, as he was charged with premeditated murder, possession of weapons, incitement, the illegal transfer of $500,000, assisting the escape of two convicts from prison, recruiting members for Hamas, and membership in an illegal organization.11 Two years later, Yasin was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment plus fifteen years.12

The removal of Sheikh Yasin created a vacuum that temporarily destroyed Hamas's ability to function. In his absence, Hamas's second tier of leadership, including such men as Ibrahim Ghawsha and `Imad al-`Alami in Jordan and Musa Abu Marzuq and Ahmad Bin Yusuf in the United States, rebuilt the organization's infrastructure. Abu Marzuq, one of Hamas's most senior leaders abroad (who previously coordinated the group's international activities as its political chief), became acting leader of the movement.

Abu Marzuq proceeded to compartmentalize the organization to ensure that the loss of no single individual would again endanger the movement. He divided the tasks of Hamas's leadership into three areas of responsibility: the Political Committee (al-Lajna as-Siyasiya), headed by Abu Marzuq himself; the Propaganda Committee (Lajnat ad-Da`wa), headed by Ahmad Bin Yusuf; and the Jihad Committee (Lajnat al-Jihad), headed by Muhammad Qasim Suwalha (a resident of London until spring 1993).13 Next, Abu Marzuq similarly compartmentalized the organization in the West Bank and Gaza, its theater of operations. He arrived in Gaza in September 1989 (along with Ahmad Bin Yusuf, Muhammad Salah, and Muhammad Jarad)14 and appointed Salah responsible for Hamas's security and military affairs (the Qassam Brigade).15 During his visit, Abu Marzuq made contact with Sayyid Abu Musamih, a Muslim Brethren activist he knew from Saudi Arabia in 1981,16 and appointed him chief of Hamas's activities in Gaza. Together with Hamas representatives from the five areas into which Gaza would be divided, Abu Musamih headed Hamas's Central Administrative Committee.17

Abu Marzuq further compartmentalized the activities of Hamas into three categories: Security Apparatus (Jihaz Amni), Activities Apparatus (Jihaz al-Ahadith), and Propaganda Apparatus (Jihaz al-A`lam). The Security Apparatus carried out surveillance on individuals suspected of collaborating with the Israeli authorities. The Activities Apparatus was responsible for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers, setting up road blocks during strikes, holding demonstrations, and painting graffiti slogans on the walls.18 The Propaganda Apparatus was supposed to publish Hamas materials and maintain ties with journalists in Israel;19 in practice, the job of producing the materials is now carried out by Hamas's leadership in the United States.

Each commander of the five Gazan sectors established his own committees corresponding to the three levels of activity,20 and these carried out Hamas's violent confrontation with Israel. Their activities ranged from supporting families of Hamas "martyrs" to the recruitment and indoctrination of the next generation of the Qassam Brigade.21

While local members engaged in such activities, the Hamas leadership coordinated the different cells out of harm's way. Through this arrangement, beyond the reach of Israeli authorities, the leadership processed intelligence information, allotted funds, and ran the organization.

MOVING MONEY

The transfer of money from the United States to the Qassam Brigade was done through an intricate set of steps. Abu Marzuq relied on three main methods:

Cashing U.S. checks. To avoid the scrutiny that transferring large amounts of money internationally would generate, all evidence indicated that the transferal of funds for Hamas's "military" activities took place in the United States. Abu Marzuq gave Salah $17,110 in July-August 1992, prior to the latter's departure for Gaza later that summer. The checks were drawn on two personal accounts: one jointly owned by Abu Marzuq and Ismail Selim Elbarasse at the First American Bank in McLean, Virginia, and the second from an account belonging to Abu Marzuq at the Ruston State Bank in Ruston, Louisiana.22 In Gaza, Salah accessed these funds by cashing his own personal checks from his Bridgeview, Illinois account at a Palestinian moneychanger in amounts of $5,000.23 In all, Salah cashed $50,000 this way.24

In a variant method, Abu Marzuq provided Hamas's commander of Gaza, Sayyid Abu Musamih, with signed blank checks from his Bank of America account; Abu Musamih then filled in the amounts.25 Abu Musamih, however, burned the checkbook, preferring to receive funds via messenger.26

Local bank accounts. Salah was dispatched on a rescue mission by Abu Marzuq following Israel's deportation of over four hundred Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders to Lebanon in December 1992. In advance of this trip, nearly a million dollars was transferred from the Abu Marzuq-Elbarasse account to Salah's account in Bridgeview, Illinois.27 On this occasion, Salah accessed the funds differently: with the assistance of Mahmud ar-Rumayhi, a Hamas activist on the West Bank, both Salah and Muhammad Jarad opened local bank accounts.28 On this trip, Salah contacted Salah al-Aruri, leader of the Qassam Brigade in Hebron, and gave him $96,000 for weapons procurement and to sustain the terror activities of the brigades in the area.29

Field requests. In one example, Aruri made contact via telephone with Muhammad Salah after the latter's return to Bridgeview, and requested money to purchase weapons. Salah asked for the bank account number to which the funds could be transferred. Aruri went to a local moneychanger, told him that a relative in the United States was sending him money, and received a bank account number.30 (Before he could use the account, however, Aruri was arrested by the Israeli authorities.)

POLICY IMPLICATIONS

Western governments need to find a way to close the opportunity for terrorists to operate in their countries, without violating the personal freedoms of law-abiding citizens. They must develop an approach to the problem premised on the fact that leaders of terrorist groups take refuge in Western countries precisely because their handiwork takes place elsewhere. This approach contains five elements:

Increase the information exchange among Western governments. Intelligence agencies must note the remote-control mechanism of terror groups and adopt a parallel approach. This means multinational sharing of intelligence information on the whereabouts of terrorist leaders and operatives who travel between various zones of conflict (notably the Arab "Afghans" who have surfaced in such diverse countries as Algeria and Hungary.31

Do not grant permanent residency to terrorists. More effective use of intelligence information among U.S. law-enforcement agencies would prevent such cases as that of Musa Abu Marzuq. Although the recently passed Omnibus Counterterrorism Act (of 1996) makes easier the deportation of an alien, like `Abd ar-Rahman, who is discovered to be a terrorist, the many agencies involved were either unaware or uninformed of his identity and he was permitted to enter this country. Within the country, increased coordination between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Central Intelligence Agency, and the State Department is imperative to building an awareness of terror organizations. The current trend of creating interagency terrorist task forces (composed of representatives of various law-enforcement agencies) is a step in this direction. Still, the instruments of law are available but the ineffective use of intelligence information remains problematic.

Deny citizenship in a Western country. Terrorist leaders32 should not have the luxury of being able to travel with authentic Western passports nor enjoy the rights that come with them. Legislation is needed to revoke the citizenship of terrorist leaders or their operatives, even if they are discovered to be terrorists after they may have received citizenship in a Western country.

Pass legislation with a conspiracy provision to deal with terrorist crimes. Under current law, conspiracy to commit a crime leads to a five-year term of imprisonment. A conspiracy provision for terrorist crimes should lead to a life sentence. Previous actions--such as the Racketeering, Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act in the United States, passed in response to the activities of organized crime, and the use of seditious conspiracy charge pressed against the World Trade Center gangs33--provide a basis for such legislation.

Pass legislation that would try leaders for murders committed in other countries. If a terrorist leader is discovered on American soil and there is reluctance to extradite him to a Middle Eastern country for fear of human-rights violations, it should be possible to try him in the United States. This would also solve the problem of sending a terrorist to another Western country, such as France or Italy. This implies claiming some extraterritorial jurisdiction. Such an integrated approach would allow Sheikh `Abd ar-Rahman to be tried in New York for murders incited in Egypt; Abu Marzuq can be tried for murders and attempted murders in Israel. These laws would go far to remove the impunity terror organizations now enjoy.



1 The New York Times, Nov. 13, 1995.
2 Israel's Warrant of Arrest of Sept. 27, 1995 charges Abu Marzuq with ten counts, including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, manslaughter, conspiracy to manslaughter, causing harm with aggravating intent, conspiracy to cause bodily harm, conspiracy to cause aggravated harm and wounding, causing harm and wounding under aggravating circumstances, and conspiracy to commit a felony.
3 Business Week, Aug. 21, 1995; The Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 24, 1995.
4 Roni Shaked and Aviva Shabi, Hamas: M'emunah B'allah L'Derekh Hateror (Jerusalem: Keter Publshing House, Ltd., 1994), p. 154.
5 U.S. District Court Southern District of New York (hereafter USDC-SDNY), In the Matter of the Extradition of Mousa Mohammad Abu Marzuk, statement of Bassam Musa (Affirmation 95, Cr. Misc. 1, Oct. 5, 1995), Feb. 17, 1993, p. 12.
6 Exceptions include the fundamentalist regimes in Afghanistan, Iran, and the Sudan. The leadership in Syria bloodily represses its own fundamentalists but permits those of other countries to operate on its soil.
7 USDC-SDNY: In the Matter of the Extradition of Mousa Muhammad Abu Marzuk, Affirmation 95, Cr. Misc. 1, Oct. 5, 1995, written statement of Muhammad Salah, p. 44.
8 The Washington Post, Sept. 12, 1992.
9 Sheikh `Abd ar-Rahman and his followers, it should be recalled, were convicted of conspiracy charges to assassinate Egypt's President Mubarak during his visits to New York.
10 Shaked and Shabi, Hamas, p. 150.
11 Ibid., p. 144.
12 Ibid., p. 146.
13 Ibid., pp. 153-54.
14 Ibid., p. 151.
15 USDC--SDNY: In the Matter of the Extradition of Mousa Mohammad Abu Marzuk, Affirmation 95, Cr. Misc. 1, Oct. 5, 1995, written statement of Muhammad Salah, pp. 2-4, 5-6.
16 USDC-SDNY: In the Matter of the Extradition of Mousa Mohammad Abu Marzuk, Affirmation 95, Cr. Misc. 1, Oct. 5, 1995, statement of Sayid Abu Musamih, Jan. 13, 1991, pp. 1-2.
17 Ibid., p. 2.
18 Ibid.
19 USDC-SDNY: In the Matter of the Extradition of Mousa Mohammad Abu Marzuk, Affirmation 95, Cr. Misc. 1, statement of Salah Al-Aruri, Jan. 27, 1993, p. 4.
20 Ibid., pp. 2-3.
21 Ibid., pp. 3-4.
22 USDC-SDNY: In the Matter of the Extradition of Mousa Mohammad Abu Marzuk, Affirmation 95, Cr. Misc. 1, Oct. 5, 1995, Appendix #7 and #8.
23 Ibid., Appendix #1.
24 Ibid.
25 USDC-SDNY: In the Matter of the Extradition of Mousa Mohammad Abu Marzuk, Affirmation 95, Cr. Misc. 1, Oct. 5, 1995, statement of Sayid Abu Musamih, Jan. 13, 1991, p. 4.
26 Ibid., p. 5.
27 Three such transactions took place in late Dec. 1992 and late Jan. 1993: $300,000 on Dec. 29, 1992; $135,000 on Jan. 20, 1993; and another $300,000 on Jan. 25, 1993. Ibid., Appendix #4 and #5.
28 Israel Defense Forces Radio, Feb. 2, 1993; in Foreign Broadcast Information Service, Daily Report: Near East and South Asia, Feb. 3, 1993.
29 USDC-SDNY, In the Matter of the Extradition of Mousa Mohammad Abu Marzuk, statement of Salah Al-Aruri, Jan. 27, 1993.
30 Ibid., pp. 5-6.
31 On Apr. 16, 1996, one of the "Afghanis" stabbed and wounded the director of a Jewish school in Budapest as vengeance for the Israeli bombing of southern Lebanon.
32 Who, despite the general disagreement over terminology, are defined in the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 212(B). Terrorism is "any activity which is unlawful under the laws of the place where it is committed (or which, if committed in the United States, would be unlawful under the laws of the United States or any State)" and which involves: hijacking, hostage-taking, a violent attack against an internationally proteected person or the liberty of that person, assassination, the use of any biological, chemical, or nuclear weapon or explosive or firearm with intent to endanger individuals or cause substantial damage to property.
33 Seditious conspiracy deals specifically with the charge of overthrowing the government of the United States and so is too demanding a standard for anti-terrorism charges. Congress should pass a law that targets terrorist crimes as such.
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A Chronology of Terrorist Attacks Carried out by Hamas Since September 2000-2004
Sunday, 18 April, 2004

Background Information
Attributed to "security sources" [Provided by the IDF Spokesperson]
Since the beginning of the current conflict, the Hamas terrorist
organization is responsible for carrying out 425 various terrorist attacks
which resulted in the killing of 377 and wounding of 2,076 Israeli citizens
and soldiers.

The Hamas organization has carried out 53 suicide attacks, killing 289
Israelis and injuring 1,649.

A Chronology of Terrorist Attacks Carried out by the Hamas Since September
2000:

April 17,2004 - A border policeman killed, an Israeli civilian injured,
and two border policemen injured, when a suicide bomber exploded himself at
the workers terminal crossing at the Erez industrial area.

March 14, 2004 - Two suicide bombers detonated an explosive belt and an
explosive bag at the Ashdod port. Ten Israelis were killed and 12 injured.

March 6, 2004 - Suicide bombers traveling in three vehicles drove into the
Erez crossing, and detonated two car bombs at Palestinian checkpoints, while
firing at the Israeli checkpoint. Two Palestinian policemen were killed.

Jan. 29, 2004 - A suicide bomber detonated a bag laden with explosives on a
No. 19 bus line on Aza Street in Jerusalem. Ten Israelis and one foreigner
were killed and 44 were injured.

Jan. 14, 2004 - A female suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated
herself at the workers terminal in the Erez crossing, resulting in the death
of four Israelis and the injury of five.

Sept. 9, 2003 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the
entrance of the "Hillel Café" in Jerusalem. Seven Israelis were killed and
70 injured.

Sept. 9 , 2003 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a bus
stop near the IDF "Tzrifin" Base. Nine IDF soldiers were killed and 10 were
injured.

Aug. 19, 2003 - A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up
on a No. 2 bus line in Jerusalem, resulting in the death of 23 Israelis and
the injury of 115.

Aug. 12, 2003 - A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up
near a bus stop at the entrance to Ariel. Two Israelis were killed and two
others injured.

June 11, 2003 - A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up
on the No. 14 bus line in Jerusalem. Seventeen Israelis were killed and 104
were injured.

May 19, 2003 - A Hamas terrorist on a bicycle blew himself up next to a
military jeep in Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip. Three IDF soldiers were
wounded.

May 18, 2003 - A suicide bomber, with a bag filled with explosives blew
himself up near the A-Ram Junction in Jerusalem.

May 18, 2003 - A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt, detonated himself
on a bus at the French Hill Junction in Jerusalem. Seven Israelis were
killed and 20 were wounded.

May 17, 2003 - A suicide bomber dressed as a religious Jew, and wearing an
explosive belt, blew himself up in Hebron's Gross Square, killing two
Israeli civilians.

April 30, 2003 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt at the
entrance to the "Mike's Place" pub on the Tel Aviv boardwalk. An additional
suicide bomber hurled an explosive device nearby. Three Israeli civilians
were killed and 62 were wounded.

April 15, 2003 - Two Israeli civilians were killed and three were injured
when a terrorist armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifles, grenades and an
explosive belt penetrated the Karni crossing in the Gaza Strip fired and
hurled grenades. The terrorist was shot and killed.

March 5, 2003 - A suicide bomber blew himself up on the No. 37 bus line in
Haifa. Seventeen Israeli civilians were killed, and 42 were wounded.

Jan. 17, 2003 - A raft laden with explosives and guided by a suicide bomber,
exploded after Israeli Navy ships fired at the craft, four kilometers from
Dugit, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Nov. 21, 2002 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt on the No. 20
bus line in Jerusalem. Eleven Israelis were killed, and 50 were wounded.

Oct. 27, 2002 - A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated
himself, despite being shot, at the gas station near the entrance to the
city of Ariel. Three Israeli civilians were killed, and 17 were wounded.

Oct. 11, 2002 - A suicide bomber is arrested at the entrance to a café
before he could detonate his explosive belt.

Oct. 10, 2002 - A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated himself
near a bus stop at the Bar Ilan Bridge in Ramat Gan. An Israeli civilian was
killed, and 20 were wounded.

Sept. 19, 2002 - A suicide bomber detonated a bag laden with explosives on
the No. 4 bus line on Allenby Street in Tel Aviv, in which six Israelis were
killed and 66 were injured.

Aug. 4, 2002 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device strapped to
his body on a bus traveling near Mt. Meron in northern Israel. Nine Israeli
civilians were killed, and 48 wounded.

June 18, 2002 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden bag on a bus
traveling along Dov-Yosef Street in Jerusalem. Nineteen civilians were
killed, and 50 wounded.

May 7, 2002 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt and an additional
explosive device in a bag, at a club in Rishon Letzion. Sixteen Israeli
civilians were killed, and 51 were wounded.

March 31, 2002 - A suicide bomber detonated himself at the "Matzah"
restaurant in Haifa. Fifteen Israeli civilians were killed and 31 were
wounded.

March 27, 2002 - A suicide bomber blew himself up with an explosive belt in
the Park Hotel in Netanya. Thirty Israeli civilians were killed and 144 were
wounded.

March 9, 2002 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device strapped to
his body at the entrance of the "Moment Café" in Jerusalem. Eleven Israeli
civilians were killed and 58 were wounded.

March 7, 2002 - A suicide bomber attempted to detonate an explosive device
strapped to his back in the "Kafit Café" in Jerusalem. Nobody was injured.

Feb. 6, 2002 - A suicide bomber boarded a bus traveling between the city of
Maale Adumim and Jerusalem, and attempted to detonate an explosive belt.

Dec. 12, 2001 - Two suicide bombers detonate explosive devices next to
Israeli vehicles in the area of Ganei Tal in the Gaza Strip, while an
additional explosive device is detonated near another Israeli vehicle. Three
Israeli civilians were injured.

Dec. 2, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device concealed
under a coat on a bus near Yad L'banim in Haifa. Fifteen civilians were
killed and 35 wounded.

Dec. 1, 2001 - Two suicide bombers detonated explosive devices concealed in
bags on Ben Yehudah Street in Jerusalem. Immediately following, a car bomb
exploded nearby. Eleven civilians were killed and 170 wounded.

Nov. 26, 2001 - A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated himself
at the Erez checkpoint in the Gaza Strip. Two policemen were wounded.

Nov. 8, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated himself in the area of Bakah Al
Sharkiah, during an attempt to arrest him while on his way to enter Israel.
Two IDF soldiers were wounded.

Sept. 9, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device strapped to
his body at the Nahariya train station. An Israeli civilian and two soldiers
were killed and 46 were wounded.

Sept. 4, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device strapped to
his body on Nevi'im Street in Jerusalem. Thirteen Israeli civilians were
wounded.

Aug. 9, 2001 - A suicide bomber blew himself up at the Sbarro restaurant in
Jerusalem. Fifteen Israelis were killed and 110 wounded.

Aug. 8, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb next to the Bekaot
checkpoint in the West Bank. An IDF soldier was injured.

July 9, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near an IDF vehicle in
the area of Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the injury of an IDF
soldier.

June 22, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near IDF forces in
Alei Sinai in the Gaza Strip. Two IDF soldiers were killed, and another
soldier was wounded.

June 1, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated himself at the entrance to the
"Dolphinarium" club in Tel Aviv. Twenty-two Israeli civilians were killed,
and 83 were wounded.

May 29, 2001 - Two terrorists approached an IDF position at the "Tofah"
Junction in the Gaza Strip. One terrorist detonated an explosive device
strapped to his body, and the other hurled grenades and opened fire. Two IDF
soldiers were wounded.

May 25, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated a container filled with 48 kg. of
explosives and three gas balloons at the Netzarim Junction in the Gaza
Strip.

May 18, 2003 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device strapped to
his body at the entrance to a mall in Netanya. Five Israeli civilians were
killed, and 86 were wounded.

April 29, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a bus carrying
children at the Dir Sharif Junction.

April 22, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated himself near a bus stop in the
city of Kfar Saba. An Israeli was killed and 45 were wounded.

March 28, 2001 - A suicide bomber blew himself up near a gas station at the
Neveh Yamin/Kfar Saba Junction. Two Israeli civilians were killed, and four
were wounded.

March 27, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive strapped to his
body, near an Israeli bus at the French Hill Junction in Jerusalem.

Twenty-one Israeli civilians were wounded.

March 4, 2001 - A suicide bomber detonated a case laden with explosives on
the main street of Netanya. Three Israelis were killed and 53 injured.

March 1, 2001 - A suicide bomber blew himself up while in a taxi, near the
Me Ami Junction. An Israeli civilian was killed, and 10 were wounded.

Jan. 1, 2003 - A car bomb exploded in Netanya. Thirty-five Israeli civilians
were wounded.

Dec. 22, 2000 - A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated himself
at the entrance to a restaurant in the Jordan Valley, resulting in the
injury of three IDF soldiers.

Dec. 15, 2000 - A suicide bomber attempted to detonate an explosive belt
near Israeli security forces close to the Erez crossing. The suicide bomber
also attempted to stab Israeli security personnel.

Nov. 6, 2000 - A booby-trapped raft exploded close to an Israeli Navy
"Dabur," near the Israel-Egypt border in Rafah. Hamas publicly claimed
responsibility for it
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* 22 people killed and 56 wounded in a suicide bombing attack on the No. 5 bus on Dizengoff St. in Tel Aviv, Oct. 1994

* 26 killed by suicide bomber on a #18 bus near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, Feb. 1996

* 16 killed in the Mahane Yehuda open market in Jerusalem in a double suicide attack, July 1997











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During Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, Hamas security forces or masked gunmen believed to be with Hamas extra-judicially executed 18 Palestinians, mainly those accused of collaborating with Israel, and beat and maimed dozens of political rivals, especially members and supporters of Fatah, according to Human Rights Watch.

The internal violence in the Gaza Strip has continued since Israel withdrew its forces and Palestinian human rights groups have reported 14 more killings between January 18 and March 31, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday.

The 26-page document, "Under Cover of War: Hamas Political Violence in Gaza," presents a pattern of arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, maiming by shooting and extrajudicial executions by alleged members of Hamas security forces. The report is based on interviews with victims and witnesses in Gaza and case reports by Palestinian human rights groups.

The majority of Palestinians executed by other Palestinians during Israel's military operations were men accused of collaboration with Israel. Along with others, they had escaped from Gaza City's main prison compound after the IAF bombed the facility on December 28, 2008. In addition to the 32 killings mentioned above, the relatives of one suspected collaborator shot him to death "to restore the family's honor."

Hamas security forces have also used violence against Fatah members, especially those who had worked in the Fatah-run security services of the Palestinian Authority.

"Of particular concern is the widespread practice of maiming people by shooting them in the legs, which Hamas first used in June 2007, when it seized control of the Gaza Strip," the report said.

According to the Independent Commission for Human Rights, the human rights ombudsman organization of the PA, unidentified gunmen in masks shot least 49 people in the legs between December 28, 2008 and January 31, 2009.

In January and February 2009, Human Rights Watch interviewed three men who had been shot in the legs, apparently by Hamas security forces. Two of them were Fatah supporters, including a former member of the Fatah-dominated Preventive Security Service. The third man had been overheard on the street criticizing Hamas.

Abductions and severe beatings are another major concern. According to the Independent Commission for Human Rights, unidentified perpetrators physically abused 73 Gazan men from December 28, 2008, to January 31, 2009, causing broken legs and arms.

"The attacks by Hamas security forces against other Palestinians during and since the recent major hostilities with Israel marked the worst outbreak of internal violence since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007," Human Rights Watch said in its report.

"Hamas should end its attacks on political opponents and suspected collaborators in the Gaza Strip, which have killed at least 32 Palestinians and maimed several dozen more during and since the recent Israeli military offensive."

Hassan al-Seifi, general inspector in the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza, told Human Rights Watch on April 16 that a committee he heads had completed investigations into two deaths in detention. In both cases, the Hamas authorities acted on the committee's recommendations, suspending from duty and filing charges against the police officers involved, Seifi said. In two other cases, the committee is continuing its investigations.

Interviewed on April 15 and 16, a Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, and the Interior Ministry spokesman, Ihab al-Ghusein, said Hamas had explicitly forbidden excessive force by security forces after Israel's military offensive. But they said that Hamas forces could not have prevented the killings and shootings by Palestinians during the Israeli attacks due to the chaos of the fighting.

On the other side of the internal Palestinian divide, the Fatah-run authorities in the West Bank have increased repressive measures against Hamas members and supporters there, Human Rights Watch said.

From December 28, 2008, to February 28, 2009, Palestinian human rights groups recorded 31 complaints of residents who said they had been tortured by Fatah-led security forces. They also recorded one known death in custody and the arbitrary detention of two journalists from a private television station considered pro-Hamas.

United States and European Union donors who finance and train Fatah-run forces in the West Bank have expressed no public criticism of these serious human rights violations, the report noted.
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European Al Qaeda members received training in Gaza


An Egyptian newspaper reported this week that several European members of an Al Qaeda cell recently busted in Egypt received training and financing from Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

The Europeans - three Belgians, a man from France and another from the UK - stand accused, along with seven Arab Al Qaeda members, of planning to attack Israeli targets in Egypt and monitoring Israeli traffic through the Suez Canal.

Egyptian authorities involved in the investigation told Cairo's Al-Masri Al-Youm daily newspaper that they had discovered shocking evidence of the massive degree of Al Qaeda activity in both Gaza and Egypt.


Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for years denied that Al Qaeda was active in Gaza, but the territory's Hamas rulers never hid their affinity for Osama bin Laden's group and its accomplishments.
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Hamas, the terrorist organization that specializes in targeting civilians, has now decided, according to a New York Times headline, to shift “from rockets to culture war” in an effort to garner public support for its cause. Part of its ongoing public relations campaign is to portray the Israelis as the “new Nazis” and the Palestinians as the “new Jews.” In order to bring about this transformation, it must engage in a form of Holocaust denial that erases the historical record of widespread Palestinian complicity with the “old Nazis” in perpetrating the real Holocaust. It has become an important part of the mantra of Hamas supporters that neither the Palestinians people nor its leadership played any role in the Holocaust. Listen to Mohammad Ahmadinejad talking to students at Columbia University:

If [the Holocaust] is a reality, we need to still question whether the Palestinian people should be paying for it or not. After all, it happened in Europe. The Palestinian people had no role to play in it. So why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price of an event they had nothing to do with?...The Palestinian people didn’t commit any crime. They had no role to play in World War II. They were living with the Jewish communities and the Christian communities in peace at the time.

The conclusion that is supposed to follow from this “fact” is that the establishment of Israel in the wake of the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people was unfair to the Palestinians. Central to this claim is that neither the Palestinian people nor their leadership bore any responsibility for the Holocaust, and if any reparations are owed the Jewish people, it is from Germany and not from the Palestinians. The propounders of this historical argument suggest that the West created the Jewish state out of guilt over the Holocaust. It might have been understandable if a portion of Germany (or Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Austria, or other collaborator nations) had been allocated for a Jewish homeland—but why Palestine? Palestine, according to this claim, was as much a “victim” as were the Jews.

I hear this argument on university campuses around the United States, and even more so in Europe.

The truth is that the Palestinian leadership, supported by the Palestinian masses, played a significant role in Hitler’s Holocaust.

The official leader of the Palestinians, Haj Amin al-Husseini, spent the war years in Berlin with Hitler, serving as a consultant on the Jewish question. He was taken on a tour of Auschwitz and expressed support for the mass murder of European Jews. He also sought to “solve the problems of the Jewish element in Palestine and other Arab countries” by employing “the same method” being used “in the Axis countries.” He would not be satisfied with the Jewish residents of Palestine—many of whom were descendants of Sephardic Jews who had lived there for hundreds, even thousands, of years—remaining as a minority in a Muslim state. Like Hitler, he wanted to be rid of “every last Jew.” As Husseini wrote in his memoirs, “Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was: ‘The Jews are yours.’”

The mufti was apparently planning to return to Palestine in the event of a German victory and to construct a death camp, modeled after Auschwitz, near Nablus. Husseini incited his pro-Nazi followers with the words “Arise, o sons of Arabia. Fight for your sacred rights. Slaughter Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion. That will save our honor.”

Not only did Husseini exhort his followers to murder the Jews; he also took an active role in trying to bring about that result. For example, in 1944, a German-Arab commando unit, under Husseini’s command, parachuted into Palestine and with the intention of poisoning Tel Aviv’s wells.

Husseini also helped to inspire a pro-Nazi coup in Iraq and helped to organize thousands of Muslims in the Balkans into military units known as Handselar divisions, which carried out atrocities against Yugoslav Jews, Serbs, and Gypsies. After a meeting with Hitler, he recorded the following in his diary:

The Mufti: “The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends. They were therefore prepared to cooperate with Germany with all their hearts and stood ready to participate in a war, not only negatively by the commission of acts of sabotage and the instigation of revolutions, but also positively by the formation of an Arab Legion. In this struggle, the Arabs were striving for the independence and the unity of Palestine, Syria and Iraq….”

Hitler: “Germany was resolved, step by step, to ask one European nation after the other to solve its Jewish problem, and at the proper time direct a similar appeal to non-European nations as well. Germany’s objective would then be solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere under the protection of British power. The moment that Germany’s tank divisions and air squadrons had made their appearance south of the Caucasus, the public appeal requested by the Grand Mufti could go out to the Arab world.”

Hitler assured Husseini about how he would be regarded following a Nazi victory and “the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere.” In that hour, the mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world. It would then be his task to set off the Arab operations that he had secretly prepared.

Husseini’s significant contributions to the Holocaust were multifold: first, he pleaded with Hitler to exterminate European Jewry and advised the Nazis on how to do so; second, he visited Auschwitz and urged Eichmann and Himmler to accelerate the pace of the mass murder; third, he personally stopped 4,000 children, accompanied by 500 adults, from leaving Europe and had them sent to Auschwitz and gassed; fourth, he prevented another two thousand Jews from leaving Romania for Palestine and one thousand from leaving Hungary for Palestine, who were subsequently sent to death camps; fifth, he organized the killing of 12,600 Bosnian Jews by Muslims, whom he recruited to the Waffen-SS Nazi-Bosnian division. He was also one of the few non-Germans who was made privy to the Nazi extermination while it was taking place. It was in his official capacity as the leader of the Palestinian people and its official representative that he made his pact with Hitler, spent the war years in Berlin, and worked actively with Eichmann, Himmler, von Ribbentrop, and Hitler himself to “accelerate” the final solution by exterminating the Jews of Europe and laying plans to exterminate the Jews of Palestine.

Not only did the Grand Mufti play a significant role in the murder of European Jewry, he sought to replicate the genocide against the Jews in Israel during the war that produced a so-called Nakba. The war started by the Palestinians against the Jews in 1947, and the war started by the Arab states in 1948 against the new state of Israel, were both genocidal wars. Their goal was not merely the ethnic cleansing of the Jews from the area but their total annihilation. The leaders said so and the actions of their subordinates reflected this genocidal goal. They were aided in their efforts by Nazi soldiers—former SS and Gestapo members—who had been given asylum from war crime prosecution in Egypt and who had been recruited by the grand mufti to complete Hitler’s work.

It is also fair to say that Husseini’s pro-Nazi sympathies and support were widespread among his Palestinian followers, who regarded him as a hero even after the war and the disclosure of his role in Nazi atrocities. The notorious photograph of Husseini and Hitler, together in Berlin, was proudly displayed in many Palestinian homes, even after Husseini’s activities in the Holocaust became widely known and praised among Palestinians.

Husseini is still regarded by many as “the George Washington” of the Palestinian people, and if the Palestinians were to get a state of their own, he would be honored as our founding father is. He was their hero, despite—more likely, because of—his active role in the genocide against the Jewish people, which he openly supported and assisted. According to Husseini’s biographer, “Large parts of the Arab world shared [Husseini’s] sympathy with Nazi Germany during the Second World War…. Haj Amin’s popularity among the Palestinian Arabs and within the Arab states actually increased more than ever during his period with the Nazis.”

In 1948, the National Palestinian Council elected Husseini as its president, even though he was a wanted war criminal living in exile in Egypt. Indeed, Husseini is still revered today among many Palestinians as a national hero. Yasser Arafat, in an interview conducted in 2002 and reprinted in the Palestinian daily Al-Quds on August 2, 2002, called Husseini “our hero,” referring to the Palestinian people. Arafat also boasted of being “one of his troops,” even though he knew Husseini was “considered an ally of Nazis.” Today many Palestinians in East Jerusalem want to turn his home into a shrine. (Ironically, it is this home that was bought by a Jew to build the controversial Jewish housing development in East Jerusalem.)

It is a myth, therefore—another myth perpetrated by Iran’s mythmaker-in-chief as well as by Hamas and by many on the hard left who seek to demonize Israel—that the Palestinians played “no role” in the Holocaust. Considering the active support by the Palestinian leadership and masses for the losing side of a genocidal war, it was more than fair for the United Nations to offer them a state of their own on more than half of the arable land of the British mandate.

The Palestinians rejected that offer and several since because they wanted there not to be a Jewish state more than they wanted their own state. That was Husseini’s position. Hamas still takes that position. Perhaps their new “culture war” will finally cause them to reconsider—and to accept the two state solution.
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lets not forget that Husseini is also the uncle and spiritual mentor of Yasser Arafat, his successor as leader of the palestinians and who hoped and tried to complete his uncle's plans for jewish extermination
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Hamas is conducting a “smile spin” for the West, particularly the United States. Its main objectives are to ease its political isolation, improve its position vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority and get funds to rebuild the Gaza Strip. For the Palestinians, it stresses that its fundamental anti-Israeli pro-terrorism strategy remains unchanged.



Khaled Mashaal speaking on June 26, 2009. (Hamas’s Palestine-Info website, June 29, 2009). He leads Hamas’ smile spin which targets the United States and the other Western countries.


Overview

1. In recent months Hamas has conducted a smile spin aimed at the West, particularly the United States . Hamas spokesmen in the Gaza Strip and Damascus , led by Khaled Mashaal , chairman of the Hamas political bureau, have been using softened rhetoric when referring to Hamas positions on various issues relating to its political connections with the West and Hamas' conflict with Israel .

2. As part of the spin, prominent were two interviews, one given by Khaled Mashaal's interview to the Wall Street Journal , and the other given by Ahmed Yousef, deputy foreign minister in the Hamas de-facto administration, to the British Economist (See the appendices for details). Part of the spin have been the repeated requests made by senior Hamas figures to the West for open diplomatic channels. They also make prominent references to the cessation of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and represent it as being in the interests of the Palestinian people, reiterating that Hamas is not an obstacle to the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with the 1967 borders and Jerusalem as its capital, and state that Hamas is also ready to cooperate with the international community in a peace process leading to the establishment of such a state.

3. However, when speaking to the Palestinians , Hamas spokesmen continue using their routine extremist rhetoric , which clearly expresses Hamas' ideology. They reiterate Hamas' adherence to the strategy of “resistance” [i.e., terrorism] as the main way to “liberate Palestine,” refuse to recognize the State of Israel and insist uncompromisingly on the return of the Palestinian refugees within any agreement, even what Hamas would consider an interim arrangement for the establishment of a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders. To inculcate the principle, the Hamas de-facto administration in the Gaza Strip recently organized a conference of representatives of educational and cultural institutions and intellectuals designed to reinforce the so-called “culture of resistance” which centers around adherence to the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism], opposition to peace negotiations and the rejection of Western values foreign to Islam and the Palestinian people.

4. Hamas' smile spin and rabble-rousing rhetoric are fundamentally two sides of the same coin . They reflect the basic tension between Hamas' adherence to its radical Islamic ideology and the pragmatic considerations resulting from the administrative responsibilities of the movement, which controls the Gaza Strip and is responsible for the welfare of 1.5 million Palestinians. Ideologically and strategically , Hamas remains committed to the final objective of the destruction of the State of Israel and refuses to abandon or even modify its 1988 charter, the basic document which expounds the movement's radical Islamic worldview. However, at the same time, practically speaking Hamas does not reject temporary lulls in terrorist attacks for various longer or shorter periods of time, with or without formal agreements, when it deems the interests of the Gazan population of or the movement require it.1 Politically speaking Hamas aspires to open dialogue channels with the international community and to gain the greatest amount of political and economic benefit possible with relation to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, without changing its basic positions .

Appendix I

Examples of Hamas' smile spin

1. Khaled Mashaal , chairman of the Hamas political bureau, was recently interviewed in Damascus by the Wall Street Journal . According to the paper, the wall was decorated with pictures of Hamas leaders who had been deemed shaheeds and a picture of the Al-Aqsa mosque. The main points of the interview were the following ( Wall Street Journal , July 31):

i) The Hamas movement and its military-terrorist wing would be willing to agree to an immediate reciprocal ceasefire with Israel , as well as a prisoner exchange that would trade Hamas fighters for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.


ii) Hamas and other Palestinian organizations would be ready to cooperate with any American, international or regional effort to find a just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflic t, end the so-called “Israeli occupation” and allow the Palestinian people their right to self-determination.” He said Hamas expected President Obama and his special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, to present a broader outline for conducting Middle East peace talks .


iii) Hamas would be willing to “stand by and respect” a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders as part of a broader agreement with Israel . That would be on condition that Israel agreed to the “right of return” of millions of Palestinian refugees and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

iv) Hamas would not be an obstacle to peace . “We,” he said, “along with other Palestinian factions in consensus agreed upon accepting a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines. This is the national program. This is our program. This is a position we stand by and respect.”
2. Ahmed Yousef , deputy foreign minister of the Hamas de-facto administration and advisor to Ismail Haniya on foreign affairs, was interviewed on July 30 by the British Economist . The main points of the interview were the following:
i) “Hamas is very close on recognition of Israel … We show all sorts of ideological flexibility on this… ” Ahmed Yousef added that did not mean Hamas could unequivocally accept the three conditions the Quartet. According to the paper, Yousef seemed “ almost desperate to stretch the semantic elastic to satisfy the doubters .”

ii) Hamas “honored” all the PLO's previous agreements with Israel , including recognition, provided the other side [i.e., Israel ] “abides by all its reciprocal promises.”

iii) He refused to commit to completely abandoning violence (as the Quartet demands) but said Hamas would extend the it's “unilateral ceasefire” if the other side [i.e., Israel ] agreed. He later suggested that the two sides could agree to an immediate ceasefire for a year, to build on today's “period of quietness.”

iv) Asked about recognition of Israel , he said, “[T]he issue is not Israel 's right to exist. We know Israel is there. It's not a matter of recognition.” The distinction, he said, was semantic, between recognition and acceptance .

v) Praising the June 4, 2009 speech given in Cairo by President Obama , he said, “In general it was excellent. I do believe he's sincere.” However, he wondered if Obama would yield to pressure from the fundamentalist Christians in America and the Jewish lobby. “We wait for facts on the ground,” on said.

vi) Yousef had a series of demands on Israel and the United States . He said that Israel had to “lift the cruel siege” of the Gaza Strip and stop building in the West Bank settlements Bank, and that there had to be an exchange of prisoners between Israel and the Palestinians. President Obama also had to “boost the Egyptians to go ahead with national reconciliation between the Palestinians.”

vii) Should the Palestinian people choose the two-state solution, he said, “Hamas would not object,” , although it would prefer a single state for “all the Abrahamic faiths, maybe a Holy Land federation. We leave it to the next generation to decide what kind [of arrangement].”

viii) Ahmed Yousef tried to minimize the importance of the Hamas charter while refusing to change it , saying, “...we don't use it. Why should be change it when we never use it?” [ Note : In speaking before Palestinian target audiences, Ahmed Yousef denied some of the things he was quoted as saying. See Appendix II.]

3. Hamas recently allowed New York Times correspondent Ethan Bronner to enter the Gaza Strip and interview Hamas activists and local residents. One of them was senior Hamas figure Ayman Taha , who said the following: “Armed resistance is still important and legitimate, but we have a new emphasis on cultural resistance…2 The current situation required a stoppage of rockets. After the war, the fighters needed a break and the people needed a break” ( The New York Times , July 24, 2009).

4. In a Friday sermon given at a mosque in Khan Yunis, Ismail Haniya , head of the Hamas de-facto administration, said that Hamas was prepared to adopt the concept of “ liberation in stages .” That is, Hamas would not object to the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with the 1967 borders and whose capital was Jerusalem . However, he said that that did not mean ceding the rest of the land or recognizing of the State of Israel, rather it was a strategic option to ending the “occupation.” He added that the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism] was also a strategic option which the Palestinians would continue adhering to (Al-Aqsa TV, July 24, 2009).

5. Ahmed Yousef, deputy foreign minister in the Hamas de-facto administration , said that Hamas would not object to negotiations based on the option of the establishment of a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders. He said that there were international elements interested in having Hamas participate in conferences discussing the Palestinian cause. He also said that Hamas continued knocking on America 's door and sending it messages through various channels ( Al-Shorouk , July 23, 2009).

6. Ismail Radwan, a senior Hamas figure in the Gaza Strip , said that international elements had come to realize that Hamas was a factor whose importance could not be minimized, and that no move could be made in the Middle East without Hamas participation. However, he refused to distinguish between “moderate” and “extremist” element in Hamas, saying that Hamas had one position to which all its members were committed (QudsPress website, July 26, 2009).

7. Taher al-Nunu, spokesman for the Hamas de-facto administration , said that Hamas welcomed the opportunity for a dialogue with the international community (BBC, July 26, 2009). Musa Abu Marzuq , deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus , said that any serious dialogue [with Hamas] had to be held without preconditions (BBC, July 26, 2009).

8. On May 4 Khaled Mashaal was interviewed by The New York Times . Excerpts from the interview follow:

i) Early in the interview Khaled Mashaal announced to the American administration and the include that Hamas would “be part of the solution, period.” He said that President Obama had taken a positive tone, different from his predecessor, but complained that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used “language that reflects the old administration policies.”


ii) He said that there was only one enemy in the region, Israel (whose existence he refused to recognize). He said that no good had come to Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas from recognizing Israel , but as far as the two-state solution went, he said that “We are with a state on the 1967 borders, based on a long-term truce . This includes East Jerusalem , the dismantling of settlements and the right of return of the Palestinian refugees.” When asked what he meant by “long term,” he replied “ten years.”


iii) Asked why Hamas was no longer firing rockets into Israeli territory, he answered that “ Not firing the rockets currently is part of an evaluation from the movement which serves the Palestinians' interest . After all, the firing is a method, not a goal. Resistance is legitimate right, but practicing such a right comes under an evaluation by the movement's leaders.” 3
9. Hamas' response to President Obama's Cairo speech was conciliatory. On May 3, Ahmed Yousef , deputy foreign minister of the Hamas de-facto administration, sent a letter to Obama during his stay in Cairo , and its contents were posted on the website of an American women's pacifist organization called Code Pink, whose representatives have visited the Gaza Strip. In our assessment it is unclear whether the letter was actually delivered to Obama. It said that Hamas welcomed the president's visit and his initiative to bridge differences with the Arab world. It represented the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as one of the causes of the continued tension between the United States and the Arab-Muslim world, and again called on President Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell to visit the Gaza Strip , where “the death and destruction...suffered during the invasion could not have happened without U.S.-supplied weapons and U.S.-taxpayers' money.” The letter also called on the United States to lift the “siege” of the Gaza Strip and halt all settlement building and expansion. Hamas, it said, was committed to seeking a “just resolution” to the conflict which did not contradict the international community and “enlightened opinion” as expressed in the International Court of Justice, the United Nations General Assembly, and “leading human rights organizations.” Hamas, it said, was “prepared to engage all parties on the basis of mutual respect and without preconditions.” 4

Appendix II
Statements made by Hamas activists expressing Hamas' fundamental extremist positions

1. “Clarifying” his remarks for Palestinians following the publication of the article in the Economist , Ahmed Yousef denied having said that Hamas was close to recognizing Israel . He said that the Economist had either not understood what he said or had misquoted him when the interview was translated into English . He added that nothing in international law required the Palestinians to recognizing Israel , and that the Palestinians would not recognize Israel 's right to Palestinian land . The international community, he noted, should work to restore Palestinian rights: “an occupied people cannot be required to recognize those who stole its land, rather, the Zionists must recognize the rights of the Palestinian people” (Hamas's Palestine-Info website, August 2, 2009).

2. On July 28, 2009, a ceremony was held in the Al-Zeitun neighborhood of Gaza City in honor of the families of the shaheeds and wounded of Operation Cast Lead. Senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Zahar gave a speech which also mentioned Hamas' position toward Israel , saying the following (July 29, 2009): 5

i) Hamas adheres to the position that the [Palestinian] state must contain all the territory of “ Palestine .”


ii) Today no one demands that Hamas recognize Israel . Those who demanded it in the past currently maintain contacts with Hamas, some of them covertly, after they became convinced that Hamas could not recognize Israel .


iii) “We are certain that what comes after the liberation of Palestine will not be only a state. After the liberation of Palestine a large revolution will reach everywhere ...Anyone who thinks that today we are only paying the price for the liberation of Palestine is mistaken. The firm stance of Gaza is only the opening of all the doors , especially when that country, ‘ Israel ,' ceases to exist.”
3. Sheikh Hamad al-Bitawi , a Hamas activist in Nablus , a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council with a rich past in incitement against Israel and the Palestinian Authority, recently called for a renewal of Palestinian terrorism. Interviewed by the Hamas-affiliated Al-Bayan Center website on July 30, he said that “the Al-Aqsa mosque is a trust on the shoulders of all Arabs, but we, the Palestinians, have a great responsibility. As our people began the intifada in 2000, we must begin another one, and the Arab nations must rise up in support of the Al-Aqsa mosque .” He called upon all the group to act “for the liberation of Jerusalem ,” saying that “ Jerusalem and Palestine will only be liberated by jihad and not by negotiations .”

4. Even as Hamas continues its smile spin for the West, it also works within the Gaza Strip, especially among the younger generation, to strengthen the perception of violence and opposition to negotiations with Israel . On July 20, 2009, the Palestinian ministry of culture initiated a conference to strengthen “the culture of resistance.” It was attended by Gazan intellectuals and representatives from educational and cultural institutions. Speeches were made about the need to promote a “culture of resistance” based on the example of the shaheeds who died during the terrorist campaign, the ideology of jihad and Islam, and on resistance to the “culture of surrender, defeat and normalization.” Gazan intellectual were asked by Dr. Abd al-Khaliq Ala'f, who headed the preparatory committee, to form a “cultural front” which would oppose the “sale of the Palestinian homeland” through “negotiations for an empty, deceptive peace” (Website of the ministry of culture in the Hamas de-facto administration and the Hamas' daily Felesteen , July 21, 2009).

5. The conference paid special attention to the Palestinian educational system and curriculum , which Hamas controls, to inculcate new generations of Palestinian youth with radical Islamic ideology filled with hatred for Israel and the West, ready to participate in armed violence. The head of the conference's scientific committee, Dr. Nabil Abu Ali , said that the ministry of education had to adapt itself to Palestinian reality, reexamine the curricula and reinforce extra-curricular activities to raise ideological adherence to the “resistance.” He said that it was the task of the universities, schools and cultural institutions to found a “culture of resistance” by forming a worldview “ free of Western ideas which are foreign to our religion and people .” On the second day of the conference Dr. Khalil Hamad , director of the curriculum department of the ministry of education and culture, chaired a meeting which examined working papers dealing with education for “strengthening the culture of resistance.” Dr. Nafiz al-Ja'd one of the committee members, said there was a need to develop a Palestinian curriculum “ which would raise a resistance generation .” When the conference ended a series of recommendation was made, one of which was “to strengthen the culture of resistance in the Palestinian curricula and in extra-curricular activities...) (Website of the ministry of culture in the Hamas de-facto administration and the Hamas' daily Felesteen , July 21, 2009). Jabaliya .

6. Fathi Hamad , Hamas interior minister, interviewed by the Chinese News Agency on July 13, reiterated Hamas' basic, traditional positions. He said that only the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism] would make the “Zionist enemy” leave “occupied Palestine .” Hamas, he said, “ cannot cede one inch of the historical land of Palestine because it belongs to the Muslim endowment ” [a principle which appears in the Hamas charter]. He added that the organizations in the Gaza Strip were getting ready for the next round of the confrontation with Israel by training their operatives in guerilla warfare, digging tunnels, and increasing the production of rockets.

7. On May 7, 2009, a memorial conference was held at the Rashad al-Shawa cultural center in Gaza City for Sayid Siyam and Nizar Rayyan, who were killed during Operation Cast Lead. Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas political bureau, gave a speech in Damascus broadcast live at the conference. It was attended by the leadership of the Hamas police in the Gaza Strip, which is an integral part of Hamas' military-security infrastructure. Mashaal said that no one [i.e., the Palestinian Authority] had the right to conduct negotiations concerning the “rights” and “principles” of the Palestinian people. He represented Sayid Siyam and Nizar Rayyan as role models for jihad fighters, and stressed that the “resistance” [i.e. terrorism] was Hamas' strategic option for the “liberation” [i.e., the “liberation of Palestine”] and for the “restoration” of the Palestinians' “rights,” and that Hamas would make no concession regarding the “resistance” it led [i.e., terrorism]. As to the issue of smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip, he said that “the resistance is the legitimate right of the Palestinian people and no one has the right to prevent the Gaza Strip from arming itself or to choke it to prevent weapons from reaching it” (Hamas's Palestine-Info website and Al-Aqsa TV, May 7, and other Palestinian media).

8. Ismail Haniya , head of the Hamas de-facto administration, said Hamas reserved the option of “resistance” [i.e., terrorism] to establish a Palestinian state . He said the his administration was trying to conduct the daily lives of the Gazans without taking the risk of ceding their “rights,” while continuing to support the “resistance project” (Hamas' Al-Ra'i , July 13, 2009).

1 That was shown by the cessation of rocket fire during the last months, intended to give Hamas a break during which it could rebuild the Gaza Strip, increase its control over the population, and reconstruct the military-terrorist networks damaged during Operation Cast Lead.


2 For the meaning of the term, “cultural resistance,” which is actually “a culture of resistance,” see Appendix II.


3 The day after the interview was published Khaled Mashaal claimed that the reasons he gave for the current cessation of rocket fire had not been understood properly . He said that he had meant to say that the decision whether or not to fire rockets depended on Hamas' strategic evaluation, which was a product of many factors. He said that Israel (“the Zionist entity”) was always the “aggressor” and that the rocket fire was Palestinian “self defense,” and carried out after consideration of the circumstances of the lives of the Palestinian people (Hamas's Palestine-Info website, May 5, 2009). For further information see our May 11, 2009 bulletin “Hamas leader Khaled Mash'al has recently addressed the issue of rocket fire and of terrorism (“resistance”)” at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/hamas_e072.pdf .




5 The quotations are from the website to QudsPress, and inter-Arab news agency. They were deleted from Hamas websites such as Palestine-info.
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Why Hamas crushed a rival jihadist group -- as I said here, "Hamas can now tell gullible Western officials that it is fighting against 'extremism'!"

"Jihadi Public Relations," by Walid Phares in Human Events, August 18

How far will terrorists go to cloak themselves in legitimacy? Last week’s action in the Gaza Strip, now governed by the terrorist network Hamas, is a good example.

Hamas’ attack against the Jund Ansar Allah (JAA, “The Soldiers or the Partisans of Allah”), a Jihadist group inside Gaza, was intended to provide the Palestinian Islamist organization a pass to become a “mainstream” movement, acceptable internationally as a partner in peace negotiations with Israel.

This is another murky development in the world of Jihadism, where the biggest brothers in holy war devoured the little ones in a race between who can achieve final victory against the Kuffar (infidels). In Gaza, these intra-Jihadist slaughter fests are more important because the “Palestine cause” is so central to the global Islamist political narrative.

JAA seemed a perfect candidate for eradication in the name of legitimacy. It was self-declared in November 2008 as the ultimate Salafi Jihadist force of Palestine. After many previous attempts by al Qaeda inspired factions, Jund Ansar Allah (JAA) led by Abel Latif Mussa (aka Abu al Nour al Maqdissi) seized the control of a local mosque and segments of a neighborhood and launched a couple attacks against Israel in early 2009. The JAA issued many declarations calling for “real Jihad,” ending negotiations with Fatah, the international community and opposing any type of elections and constitutional structure in Gaza other than pure Sharia.

Hundreds of already indoctrinated youth joined the JAA and formed the nucleus of a Jihadi milita. Their ranks were growing at an alarming rate for Hamas, which had to squash them, before they became a competitive organization. The JAA was on its way to devouring Hamas using the same doctrines upon which Hamas was founded, grew and used to overthrow Fatah from Gaza.

After a few incidents, Hamas forces overwhelmed the headquarters of JAA killing dozens of militants.

The fighting took its toll on both groups. Unverified reports said Abu Jibril Shemali, commander of Izzedine al Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ SS-like force) and Abu Abdallah al Suri, JAA’s military commander were both killed in the clashes. The founder of the Jund Ansar Allah Abdel Latif Moussa was killed during the explosion of one of his suicide bombers as he targeted advancing Hamas fighters.

By now, the “Jund” has been crushed, its Mosque seized and its survivors pursued.

But what are lessons we need to learn from this pool of piranhas, where big Jihadi fish eat little Jihadi fish?
1. According to many commentators on al Jazeera, Hamas chose to finish up the “Jund” as a maneuver to lure the West in general -- Great Britain and the United States in particular -- into “engaging” the organization, lifting its name from terror lists and adding it to the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel. Hamas spokespersons rushed to say “we too are fighting the extremists, the terrorists as you are fighting them and pursuing al Qaeda,” which resonates greatly in Western ears, especially with the Obama administration and the Brown government: Soon enough sympathizing journalists, apologist academics and even diplomats and envoys will be citing the “glorious” deeds of Hamas as evidence of fight “against terrorism.”
The U.S. narrative lately has been underlining that there is no war against “Global Jihadsim” but a “war against al Qaeda” only. So those in the business of Jihad, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and a plethora of other groups, can make their credential known to the West by slapping some local, little al Qaeda boys, and claiming a green card to the world of “accepted Jihadists.”

Two summers ago, the Syrian regime and, to an extent, Hezbollah tried to come up with a similar model: Damascus released a copycat group in northern Lebanon, Fatah al Islam, before they claimed they beheaded the organization few months later, suggesting to Washington that Bashar can also kill al Qaeda crowds.
2. Was there a link between Hamas and the “Jund” it just sacrificed to enhance its public standing? It appears so. First, the constituents of the “Jund” (JAA) were part of the larger indoctrinated pools of jihadi fighters created by Hamas. Secondly, Hamas tolerated the presence of these ultra-Jihadists in their midst for a reason. They were fostered and grown so that they could be used tactically: either by blaming them for wild rocket launching or to crush them and cash in. Comparatively, Hamas couldn’t “tolerate” Fatah. By June 2007 the followers of Mahmoud Abbas were massacred in the enclave, because they were credible partners in a potential peace process and real competitors. Ghazi Hamad, a Hamas spokesperson told al Jazeera English that his organization was always dialoguing with the “Jund.” Which meansthey had relationship with them even though Hamas was the only dominant force in Gaza. There had to be a reason for this “tolerance” before Hamad admitted that Hamas stopped “tolerating.” The Jihadist regime in Gaza fed the little Jihadists and allowed them to grow until the time of the sacrifice came.
3. This brings us back to review the current Western re-definition of the so-called War on Terror and the decision by the Obama and Brown administrations to let go of the counter Jihadist narrative hoping, as they said, to drive a wedge between the so-called “good Jihadists” and the “extremists.” Hamas quickly understood the message and delivered the goods promptly, hoping they will be reclassified as “good Js.” But Hamas needs also to cater to its own Gaza indoctrinated constituencies, which were made to believe for decades that Jihad fi Sabeel Allah is the only way.

Tragicomically, Hamas was trapped by a smart question fielded by an al Jazeera English anchor who was pressing their spokesperson to show the difference between Hamas and the JAA. “Don’t you think that the people you just killed are more faithful to your constitution calling for the establishment of an Islamic Emirate on all of Palestine than yourselves, who are in power now?

Ghazi Hamad rushed to answer by instincts, revealing too much perhaps: “These guys wants to establish the Caliphate immediately on any part of liberated land, they are irrational; they don’t understand how Jihad works, we do.”

In my book Future Jihad, I have argued that the Jihadists are of several strategic schools of thought: short term, medium term, and long term. The difference between Hamas and the JAA is not about good or bad Jihad, as experts to Western Governments are claiming. Not at all. It is a difference about when to trigger the missile, under whose orders and within which framework of alliances.

The “Jund” wanted it all the time, and would launch anytime they could. Hamas wants a perfect kill, coordinated with its allies Hezbollah, Syria’s Baath, and Iran’s Pasdaran.

The Jund doesn’t care what the infidels in Washington and London think. Hamas cares strategically how the allies of its immediate enemy, Israel, behave. It wants to be part of the widest regional alliance against the Jewish state, while the latter loses all its allies, before D-Day is unleashed.
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Source: http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/mal...hamas_e078.htm

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Hamas summer camps in the Gaza Strip integrate social activities with political and Islamic indoctrination and semi-military training. The camps’ goal is to foster the next generation of Hamas terrorist operatives.





Opening ceremony at one of Hamas' summer camps. The banner reads “The victory of Gaza – glory for Jerusalem” The boys wear green Hamas caps and wave the flags of Hamas and Palestine. At the upper right is a giant poster, apparently of Hamas shaheeds [martyrs], and another, apparently of Sheikh Yassin, who was a Hamas founder (Filastin al-‘An website, July 14, 2009).

A general description of the Hamas summer camps

1. During the summer of 2009 Hamas opened, as usual, its summer camps for children and adolescents throughout the Gaza Strip with the slogan “Victory for Gaza, glory for Jerusalem.” The camps are run by the Hamas movement, the Hamas de-facto administration (whose Religious Endowments Ministry runs camps for Qur'an memorization) and Hamas-affiliated groups (such as its student organization).

2. Hamas considers the camps an important tool for inculcating the younger generation with its ideology and for fostering the next generation of terrorist operatives. On the other hand, UNRWA, which also runs many camps, is regarded by Hamas as the main competitor for the hearts and minds of the youth. The UNRWA camps are therefore the objects of a Hamas mud-slinging campaign which represents them as corrupting the youth. On a scale much smaller than Hamas and UNRWA, Fatah, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, various Islamic charitable societies and other groups also run summer camps.






Opening ceremonies at Hamas summer camps (Al-Aqsa TV, July 4, 2009).


Opening ceremonies at Hamas summer camps (Al-Aqsa TV, July 4, 2009).






Summer camp for elementary school children in the northern Gaza Strip. The banner reads “Victory camps for Gaza, glory for Jerusalem: youth overcomes the highest mountain peaks and recognizes only Islam as a religion” (Hamas’s PALDF forum, July 7, 2009).

Figure made of modelling clay at one of the camps. The inscription reads “Victory for Gaza, glory for Jerusalem” (Hamas’s PALDF forum, July 7, 2009).

3. According to the Palestinian and Arab media, Hamas ran 700 camps this summer throughout the Gaza Strip which were attended by 100,000 Palestinian youths (from elementary school pupils to university students). Preparations for them lasted months, and their 1,500 instructors participated in training courses before the season opened. Hamas appointed a committee and subcommittees responsible for running the camps. There was a marketing campaign to encourage attendance with the participation of Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV and a designated Internet site. The camps' budget was estimated at $2 million (Camps' spokesman Amir Abu al-Amarin, Al-Quds Al-Arabi , July 21, 2009).

Indoctrination at Hamas summer camps

4. Hamas claims that the camps promote social activities such as swimming, trips, sports competitions, drawing, singing, computer classes, etc, although reports of what actually goes on clearly show that at the same time, the youth undergo an intensive process of political and Islamic indoctrination (as occurred in previous years.) The process is implemented by the instructors and senior Hamas figures visiting the camps.

5. The Hamas activists' statements do not hide the fact that the objective of the camps is to foster the movement's next generation. Abdallah al-Ghafur, a member of the summer camps' oversight committee, said that “the core of the struggle today is for the [younger] generation,” which had to be fostered according to [Islamic] religious laws and trained for endurance and patience (Hamas's Palestine-Info website, July 9, 2009). Hamas activist Mahmoud Abu I'd said that the objective of the camps is to prepare the children to take the leadership of the path of “victory and liberation” upon themselves. Talkbacks on Hamas-affiliated sites responded by saying they hoped the camps would produce “soldiers for Jerusalem and Gaza.”

6. The following are examples of the methods of indoctrination employed in the camps:
i) A correspondent for Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that to indoctrinate the campers, posters with Hamas slogans were hung throughout the camps and imprinted on the caps and shirts distributed at them. In addition, slogans were shouted during sports training. They were also repeated in lectures given by senior Hamas figures who visited the camps ( Al-Quds Al-Arabi, July 12, 2009). Among the senior figures were Khalil al-Hayeh, Musheir al-Masri and Fawzi Barhoum.

Hamas activists visit the summer camps

(Summer camps website, www.gazacamps.ps, July 12, 2009).
ii) Hamas shaheeds [martyrs], some of them killed in terrorist attacks, are turned into role models for Gazan youth : The biographies of Hamas shaheeds are studied by the campers (Chinese News Agency, June 21,2009). Posters of shaheeds are distributed and carried during processions. In addition, youth take part in Hamas propaganda exercises, for example, in demonstrations against the so-called “Israeli siege” or at the Rafah crossing to demand the release of Ayman Nawfal, a senior Hamas terrorist operative detained by Egypt.
iii) The official website of the central committee for the summer camps noted that the objective of the camps was to reinforce the bond between youth and Islam [radical Islam with Hamas' political interpretation]. According to the site, there was a need“ for the life of a soldier in the service of Islam,” as well as a need for identifying“ a group of outstanding students who would be able to preach for Allah and Islam in the main mosques and schools, and to maintain contacts with them after the camp [ended].” Some of the camps emphasized Qur'an memorization, and Ismail Haniya, head of the Hamas de-facto administration, announced that students who excelled would receive a prize (travel expenses for a pilgrimage to Mecca). Qur'an memorization in the camps was widely covered by Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV during June and July 2009. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad held its own Qur'an memorization summer camps, organized by the Iqra charitable society (which operated 265 camps attended by 1,200 campers, both male and female).




Closing ceremony at a summer camp for Qur’an memorization in the southern Gaza Strip (Summer camp website, July 4, 2009).

Summer camp for Qur’an memorization in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip (Al-Quds website, July 15, 2009).


Children pray at a summer camp
(Hamas's PALDF forum, July 7, 2009
iv) Terminology: Hamas activists related to the theme chosen for the camps: “ Victory for Gaza , glory for Jerusalem.” They said it expressed the Gaza Strip's “victory” in Operation Cast Lead, which was “the first step toward liberating Jerusalem and all Palestine .” They said the name was meant to indoctrinate the children with the status of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa as places in need of “liberation.” In addition, the camps were also named after Hamas shaheeds or names of places in Jerusalem, such as “the Dome of the Rock,” “ Jerusalem Road,” “the defenders of Jerusalem,” or names of topics on Hamas' current political agenda, such as “the camp for breaking the siege.”
Semi-military training in the summer camps

7. In previous years participants in summer camps run by Hamas and the other terrorist organizations underwent semi-military training. Apparently Hamas is trying to keep a low profile regarding those activities, but nevertheless, this year as well, news agencies operating in the Gaza Strip published photographs of youths undergoing training. The Safa News Agency, whose head is affiliated with Hamas,1 published photographs of adolescents wearing Hamas caps who were training with wooden and plastic assault rifles. Another news agency (demotix.com) published photographs of young men training at Hamas camps, including hand-to-hand combat.2 The Fatah-affiliated Amad website criticized Hamas for allowing the use of weapons and holding target practice at the camps (June 2, 2009). The site quoted a parent who discovered last year that the children were practicing firing weapons and dismantling hand grenades, and this year decided not to send his son to a Hamas summer camp.

Youths training at a Hamas summer camp
(pictures from the Safa News Agency)
Palestinian youths at a Hamas summer camp wearing green Hamas caps and training with wooden and plastic rifles. The banner at the upper right, hung on a building of typical school design, reads “Allah is our goal, [the] messenger [Muhammad] is our role model, the Qur'an is our law, jihad is our path and death [in jihad] for the sake of Allah is our most exalted hope” 3 (Safa News Agency website, August 11, 2009).

Examples of military training at earlier Hamas summer camps
2008

Youth undergoing military training at a summer camp, 2008. The wooden rifles and training were provided by operatives from Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.4 2004


Youth undergoing military training at a summer camp run by the Popular Resistance Committees(Sky News, July 13, 2004, used courtesy of Israeli Channel 2 TV).

The competition between Hamas and UNRWA for the hearts and minds of the youths

8. Hamas regards UNRWA as its main competitor in every aspect of using the summer camps to indoctrinate the younger generation of Gazans. UNRWA has several important advantages over Hamas, including its greater financial and logistic resources, and a broader base of educational institutions. As a result, this past summer Hamas waged a determined mud-slinging campaign against UNRWA and its Gazan director, John Ging . Hamas represented them as corrupting the morals of Palestinian youth. Hamas spokesmen, especially Younis al-Astel, a member of the Hamas faction of the Palestinian Legislative Council, repeatedly claimed that the UNRWA summer camps were coeducational, that drugs were used there and that the campers were taught how to dance, and that they even had activities to promote reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel.5 The Hamas-affiliated Filastin al-‘An website claimed (for purposes of psychological warfare) that the UNRWA summer camps spread disease (Filastin al-‘An website, July 16, 2009).6

9. The following are examples of the incitement campaign Hamas and other Islamist networks operating in the Gaza Strip are waging against the UNRWA summer camps :
i) On August 2, at the closing ceremony of the summer camp in Rafah, Younis al-Astel repeatedly attacked the “barbaric attack on our children at the inferior summer camps [i.e., those run by UNRWA] whose objective is to corrupt their morals with drugs and other things...” (Website of the Hamas faction of the Palestinian Legislative Council, August 3, 2009).
ii) In the May 29 Friday sermon in the Gaza mosques, the preachers focused on warning parents not to send their children to UNRWA's summer camps. Ahmed al-Safadi, one of the Salafist7 preachers at a mosque in Gaza City , claimed that the UNRWA camps did not follow Islamic law because they “mixed the sexes.” Another preacher called on parents to send their children only to “religious camps” where they would study the Qur'an and Islam ( Al-Quds Al-Arabi, May 30, 2009).
iii) On July 12 a Fatah Internet forum reported that Hamas had distributed flyers in the mosques accusing UNRWA of “an attempt to corrupt the younger generation,” and that many preachers had called on parents not to allow their children to participate in UNRWA camps.
10. Has UNRWA surrendered to Hamas pressure? On July 8, 2009, surfers on a Hamas forum claimed that UNRWA had in fact surrendered to Hamas pressure and instructed its camp directors to fully separate boys from girls and male from female counselors. It is unclear whether and to what extent UNRWA did in fact adopt the Hamas' Islamic behavior code in its camps, but in any case the camps it operated were very successful. Karen Abu Ziyyad, UNRWA's commissioner general for the Palestinian Authority, told an Al-Arabiya TV correspondent that there were between 200,000 and 250,0008 Gazan children at UNRWA camps this summer. [ Note : That is far more than those attending Hamas camps.] UNRWA in turn has tried to deflect Hamas' accusations. Karen Abu Ziyyad denied the Hamas claim that UNRWA was using the camps to corrupt the younger generation and preach normalization with Israel . She said that the children played games and engaged in various cultural and sporting activities which“ have no relation to normalization or anything like that” (Al-Arabiya TV website, July 26, 2009).

1 The Safa News Agency has been operating in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of July 2009. It defines itself as independent but is headed by Yasser Abu Hien, who is affiliated with Hamas, and who in the past directed its PalMedia website.

2 For pictures and a commentary in English see http://www.demotix.com/news/hamas-summer-camps-gaza .

3 The inscription was deciphered through the use of several pictures.

4 For further information see our August 24, 2008 bulletin “Summer camps in the Gaza Strip run by Hamas and other terrorist organizations inculcate youngsters with radical Islamic ideology and the culture of terrorism” at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/hamas_e004.pdf .

5 For further information see our July 28, 2009 bulletin “The Islamization process promoted by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and its social and political implications on the local, the Middle Eastern, and the international scenes” at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/hamas_e076.pdf.

6 The Hamas campaign waged against UNRWA and its Gaza administrator John Ging for the hearts and minds of the Gazan youth is not limited to the summer camps. UNRWA has been accused by Hamas of corrupting the morals of the entire Palestinian people (“pollution” of the conservative, clean Palestinian society) through its educational institutions. See the aforementioned bulletin for further details.

7 The Salafists were the first generation of Islam, considered by Muslims and have taken the true path and as role models. In modern times it is a title given to extremist Islamic groups present throughout the Muslim world, including the Palestinian Authority.

8 UNRWA spokesman Jamad Hamad said that UNRWA was running 145 summer camps, 119 of them in schools and the rest on the sea shore. He said that there were 200,000-250,000 campers this year (Al-Jazeera TV, July 21, 2009). The large number of participants indicated that despite Hamas' incitement campaign, many young people, who prefer sports, games and folklore to political and Islamic indoctrination, and semi-military training flocked to UNRWA's camps.
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