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Hamas objects to UN plan to teach Holocaust to Gaza kids

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Hamas slammed the United Nations Sunday, saying the organization planned to teach Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip about the Holocaust. The UN agency which runs schools in the enclave would not confirm any change, Reuters reported.

Calling the Nazi genocide of the Jews "a lie invented by the Zionists," Hamas wrote in an open letter to a senior UN official that he should withdraw plans for a new history book in the UN schools.


A spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which educates some 200,000 refugee children in Gaza, said the Holocaust was not on its current curriculum.
He would not comment on Hamas's statement that it was about to change, Reuters said.

Hamas said it believed UNRWA was about to start using a text for 13-year-olds that included a chapter on the Holocaust.
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Building a State on Lies
Palestinians institutionalize Holocaust Denial.




The so-called “spiritual” leader of Hamas has ordered that the Holocaust not be taught to Palestinian children. Younis Al-Astal—who is about as spiritual as Al Capone—has declared that the United Nations’ proposal to include Holocaust education in a course on human rights would constitute a “war crime.” It would be “marketing a lie and spreading it.” Instead, he would have Palestinian children learn only about the so-called crimes of the Israeli occupation and the self-inflicted wound that Palestinians call the Nakba.

I am not so sure I would trust the United Nations and especially its Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to teach anything relating to Jews, Israel or the Holocaust. That agency has been part of the problem, not the solution, by perpetuating the refugee status of Palestinians who could have been integrated into the Palestinian mainstream over the past sixty years. By making an industry out of their permanent status as refugees, UNRWA has made peace more difficult and hatred more acceptable. The agency has turned a blind eye to Hamas terrorists who routinely used UNRWA facilities as launching sites for rockets. It has protected terrorists. It has sought to legitimate Hamas as a social service agency rather than as a fascist group of anti-Semites who employ violence in the false name of Mohammad.

Now, perhaps in an effort to appear balanced, UNRWA has agreed to provide basic information about the Holocaust to eighth grade students. These would be the only Palestinian students who learn about the murder of six million Jews at the hands of Hitler, since the Palestinian Authority has banned the teaching of the Holocaust to students on the West Bank. It is unlikely that the UNRWA educational unit would include factual information about the leader of the Palestinians during the Second World War, Haj Al-Husseini (the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem) and his active role in the Holocaust when he lived in Berlin as a guest of Adolph Hitler. But even a sanitized, watered down account of the Holocaust is too much for the Hamas leadership, which does not believe in history, but rather in propagandistic accounts that serve the terroristic goals of the organization.

In the end, UNRWA will buckle to Hamas, as it always does. Even if a compromise were to be reached, it might be worse than the current situation in which nothing is taught. There is absolutely no way in which Hamas would ever allow any kind of objective analysis of the Holocaust to be taught to their students. The essence of Hamas education is brainwashing and the shutting down of any marketplace of ideas. What Hamas fears most is truth, science, history and objectivity.

A state built on lies cannot long endure, unless it is an entirely totalitarian state such as North Korea, which denies its citizens access to any alternative information or point of view. Even Iran cannot stop ideas from filtering through its network of censors. Nor can China or Venezuela. But Hamas can and does impose total censorship over those it controls. If it were to become a state, its control over the minds and actions of its citizens would become even more total. The sad reality is that totalitarian censorship—provided it is completely totalitarian—really does work. The people of Gaza really believe that the Holocaust never occurred. They really believe that firing rockets at school children is God’s command. They really believe that Jews are a combination of the devil monkeys, pigs and vermin. They really believe that Jews control the world and that Barak Obama is a puppet whose strings are pulled by hook-nosed “Yids.” They really believe that Israel doesn’t want peace and seeks to destroy the Islamic world and its holy places.

It is difficult to build an enduring peace on such a structure of lies. That is why the Oslo Accords, and other peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, insisted that the Palestinians stop teaching their children to hate, stop teaching their teachers to lie and stop inciting violence against the Jews. In this respect, the Palestinian leadership, both in Gaza and the West Bank, has been an utter failure. Not much can be expected from the Hamas leadership, but even the Palestinian Authority has failed miserably in this regard. Abu Mazen received his PhD for a thesis that denied the Holocaust. He claims to have changed his views, but he is still unwilling to teach his students the true history of World War II.

Israel, on the other hand, has a free and open press in which the Palestinian narrative is presented honestly and fully—indeed sometimes more favorably to the Palestinians than is warranted by the facts. Israeli books present varying accounts of the conflict and teachers may supplement the texts. Some schools and teachers obviously present biased views, but students are free to subject their teacher’s biases to the open marketplace of ideas.

It should come as no surprise therefore that far more Israelis than Palestinians favor a compromise peace. The two-state solution cannot be built on lies. The truth, it turns out, is good for peace. The reality of the Holocaust is an important aspect of truth, regardless of what Hamas may say.
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Exclamation UN Bows to Hamas Pressure, Will Drop Holocaust Teaching

UN Bows to Hamas Pressure, Will Drop Holocaust Teaching


Although the UN is supposed to be about truth and freedom, they have no problem in helping advance the Islamic agenda. In the past they have even banned the criticism of Islam at the UN in regards to human rights. This is just another example of our taxpayer dollars funding the enemy.
The United Nations’ refugee agency for Palestinians does not intend to include the Holocaust in the curriculum at schools it runs in the Gaza Strip, a U.N. spokesman said following criticism by Hamas about the purported plan.

While Hamas’ objections to including information on the Holocaust in school lesson plans was not particularly surprising, some Jewish organizations have taken issue with the U.N. for apparently backtracking in the face of the criticism from the terrorist group that rules Gaza.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), operates more than 600 schools in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, with around 200,000 children enrolled in Gaza.

Early this week, a Hamas refugee committee wrote to the agency, complaining about what it said were plans to teach children in Gaza about the Holocaust.

“[We] refuse to let our children be taught this lie created by the Jews and intensified by their media,” the letter read, according to the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an.

“First of all, [the Holocaust] is not a fact, and secondly, those who added it to the curriculum intended to mess with our children’s emotions.”

But a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Farhan Haq, told a briefing in New York Tuesday that, according to UNRWA, “the Holocaust is not included in the curriculum in Gaza."


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September 6, 2009


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The battle for hearts and minds in the Gaza Strip: Hamas attacks UNRWA for planning to teach the Holocaust in its schools. The attack reflects Hamas’ ambition for absolute control over education in the Gaza Strip and to inculcate students with its radical Islamic ideology, including hatred and terrorism against Israel.



The battle for hearts and minds in the Gaza Strip


The UNRWA school in the Jabaliya refugee camp (Electronicintifada.net, August 10, 2006).


Children in the yard of a Gaza Strip school (Imeu.net, February 4, 2009).


Overview
1. Hamas recently initiated a new campaign against the UNRWA educational system, this time for its alleged intention to include Holocaust studies in its schools. Behind the attack is the report current in the Gaza Strip – which UNRWA has not yet confirmed – that it is planning to include basic Holocaust studies in its 8th grade human rights curriculum. Hamas spokesmen, in response to what is considered a dangerous precedent (the Holocaust is not taught in Palestinian Authority schools), raised their voices in loud chorus to denounce UNRWA, calling the Holocaust “a Zionist lie,” and calling support for teaching Holocaust studies “a war crime” and “support and service for the Zionists.”

2. The current media campaign is part of an overall attack being waged by Hamas against UNRWA’s various curricula and other educational activities, which includes attempts to prevent students from attending UNRWA summer camps and schools. Hamas also tries to prevent UNRWA schools from teaching human rights as defined by a UN resolution, and to prevent UNRWA from sending student delegations to the United States and other Western countries in reward for excellence in human rights studies.

3. The outcome of the educational struggle between Hamas and UNRWA is particularly important because Hamas is using its political and security control of the Gaza Strip to impose its ideology on the younger generation and hamper the activities of any opponent, including UNRWA. Hamas’ objective is to ensure that the younger generation is raised according to a radical Islamic ideology in line with Hamas’ political interpretation, which includes hatred for Israel, hostility to the West and it values and the readiness to take part in an armed struggle against Israel as a preferred alternative to the peace process for “liberating Palestine.”


Reports which reached Hamas about the inclusion of
Holocaust studies in the UNRWA curriculum
4. Senior Hamas figures recently received reports that UNRWA, which operates 221 schools in the Gaza Strip with more than 200,000 students, was planning to include the Holocaust in its curriculum this year. According to three UNRWA teachers who spoke on condition of anonymity, the new curriculum for the 8th grade includes basic lessons about the Holocaust within the framework of overall human rights studies. Two of them said they heard about the new curriculum from colleagues involved in formulating it. The third said he heard about it at a meeting of senior educators who were trying to find a way to teach the topic without offending the sensibilities of the parents. All three said they had not yet received lesson plans for human rights studies even though the school year began at the end of August (AP, August 31, 2009).

Reactions from Hamas and UNRWA

5. When the report surfaced about UNRWA’s intention to include the Holocaust in its school curriculum, senior figures within Hamas were quick to denounce it. Some of them also denied the existence of the Holocaust, calling it “a lie invented by the Zionists.”1 A senior member of the Ministry of Education in the Hamas de-facto administration said that the ministry would consult with UNRWA and demand the subject be eliminated from the curriculum.

6. Some of the comments were the following:
i) Yunes al-Astal, member of the Hamas faction in the Palestinian Legislative Council and a well-known Holocaust denier,2 said teaching the Holocaust in UNRWA schools would lead to “marketing and spreading a lie.” He said that adding the subject to the curriculum was “a war crime and an attempt to spread lies...” and “support and service of the Zionists” (Filastin al-Yawm, August 30, 2009). Interviewed by Hamas’ PalToday website he reiterated that by teaching the Holocaust in its schools UNRWA was committing “a serious crime.” The “crime,” he said, was in line with the “Jewish plots to steal more Palestinian land” and might teach the youth to like the Jews and agree to the existence of their entity [i.e., the State of Israel] on Palestinian soil and to coexist with them.

ii) Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, said that Hamas opposed adding the subject called Holocaust to the curriculum because its objective was to justify the “Israeli the occupation” of the land of the Palestinian territories (Reuters, August 30, 2009). Interviewed by AP, he said that it was more important to teach Palestinians about the so-called “crimes of the Israeli occupation” (AP, August 31, 2009).

iii) Abd al-Rahman al-Jamal, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council’s education committee for Hamas, told a BBC correspondent that the Holocaust was “a big lie.” He said that teaching it would serve Israel, which had been fighting Hamas for years. Instead, he said, the UN should teach the Nakba, the term used by the Palestinians to describe the establishment of the State of Israel and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of refugees (BBC website, August 31, 2009). He said that Hamas would not allow UNRWA to include the Holocaust in the curriculum of its schools (Al-Bayan Center website, the Gulf States, August 31, 2009).

iv) Mustafa Sawaf, editor of Hamas’ Felesteen, wrote an editorial (September 1) entitled “Keep the agency from its evil path,” slamming UNRWA’s intention to teach the Holocaust. He claimed that UNRWA was attempting to brainwash the younger generation in the Gaza Strip and to “prettify the image of the murderous, criminal Jews.” He claimed that the Jews exaggerated the dimensions of the Holocaust and the Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians were worse than the Holocaust.

v) After a meeting of the Hamas representatives of the Palestinian Legislative Council and the Minister of the Education of the Hamas de-facto administration, Jamila Al-Shanti said that “Talk about the Holocaust and the execution of the Jews contradicts and is against our culture, our principles, our traditions, values, heritage and religion” (Washington Post, September 2, 2009).

vi) The Hamas-affiliated Popular Committees for Refugee Affairs denounced UNRWA and its head, John Ging, claiming that the Holocaust had not yet been scientifically proven and that teaching it was liable to cause students to identify with the Jews. Members of the committee absolute refused to have their children “learn the lie invented by the Zionists” (Filastin al-‘An website, August 30, 2009).

According to the Committees, “the Holocaust was not real and outstanding Western scholars have proved that” (PalToday website, August 30, 2009).

vii) Some of the children’s parents also opposed teaching the Holocaust. For example, one parent whose child attends an UNRWA school, said “I don't want them teaching my children Jewish lies. It will just be Zionist propaganda,” (AP, August 31, 2009).
7. In response, UNRWA sources said that no decision had yet been made. Adnan Abu Hasneh, UNRWA spokesman, said that there was no mention of the Holocaust in the current curriculum, but he refused to say whether that was about to change (Reuters, August 30, 2009).3 Karen Abu Ziyyad, UNRWA’s commissioner general, said that the study unit for human rights was currently being developed and so far it was only in draft form. She added that in any case before it was taught it would be examined by various groups for reactions. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said that a final decision had not yet been made (AP, August 31, 2009).


Other disputed educational issues
8. An article in Hamas’ daily Felesteen recently by Muhammad al-Dalou dealt with other educational issued in dispute between Hamas and UNRWA (Felesteen, August 31, 2009) :
i) Teaching human rights and ignoring the role of the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism]: One of UNRWA’s school supervisors, who asked to remain anonymous, attacked UNRWA for integrating material about human rights into the curriculum on the basis of a UN General Assembly resolution passed last year. According to the supervisor, “the material is good but problematic,” because on the one hand it stressed the rights the Palestinians do not have, but on the other it stresses that every conflict “can be resolved by dialogue” and ignores the role of the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism] in the liberation [of Palestine].

ii) Sending student delegations from the Gaza Strip to the United States and other Western countries: The principal of one of the UNRWA schools, who also asked to remain anonymous, attacked UNRWA’s educational policy of the last few years for what he called “transmitting Zionist content to the [Palestinian] students.” He also attacked UNRWA for sending 46 students aged 14-16 to the United States and other Western countries including Holland, Germany and France as a reward for excelling in humans rights studies. He claimed that the students were in the throes of adolescence and a trip abroad might, he said, negatively influence their behavior. Felesteen interviewed an UNRWA school teacher who expressed “deep worry” over sending 8th grade students abroad, and was particularly angry over the fact that the human rights studies emphasized the tolerance Palestinians had to show Israelis, “that is, the victim for the murderer, and we cannot allow that.”
9. Yussef Ibrahim, Under Secretary for Education in the Hamas de-facto administration, told a Felesteen correspondent that a number of weeks ago his ministry met with Mahmoud al-Hamdiyyat, director of UNRWA’s education department in the Gaza Strip. They agreed to present a number of disputed issues to educational methodology experts before Hamas’ Ministry of Education made its final decision. He said that al-Hamdiyyat had promised him that “no subject dealing with human rights would include expressions or contents which might adversely affect Palestinian identity, and [what the students studied] would not contradict the interests of the Palestinian people” [i.e., as determined by Hamas]. Yussef Ibrahim complained that there was no official supervision of UNRWA’s educational system, which had to function on the basis of what was known legally as “the policy of the host nation [i.e., the Hamas de-facto administration].” He said that his ministry “is striving to play an important part in this issue” (Felesteen, August 31, 2009).

Conclusions

10. The affair of Holocaust studies in UNRWA schools is another aspect of the campaign Hamas is waging in the Gaza Strip to control the nature of its educational system. Hamas seeks complete and exclusive control over education, which will enable it to inculcate students with radical Islamic ideology according to its political perception, into which are integrated hated for Israel and the West and terrorism against Israel [“the resistance”] until the “liberation” of Palestine. Hamas regards UNRWA as it main competitor in the education and indoctrination of the younger generation. While Hamas controls the educational system in the Gaza Strip, UNRWA still has considerable advantages, relatively speaking, in its far greater financial and logistic resources and its broad network of teachers and schools.

11. The affair of Holocaust studies is but one link in the chain of formal and informal Gazan educational issues in dispute between Hamas and UNRWA. During the summer of 2009 Hamas waged an aggressive mudslinging campaign against UNRWA and its chief, John Ging, both represented as corrupting the morals of Palestinian youth.4 Hamas spokesmen, especially Yunes al-Astal, member of the Hamas faction in the Palestinian Legislative Council, claimed that the UNRWA summer camps were coeducational, that the campers used drugs, learned how to dance and even engaged in activities intended to foster reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel. The Hamas-affiliated Filastin al-‘An website even claimed that the UNRWA camps spread disease (Filastin al-‘An website, July 16, 2009). Hamas itself operated a broad network of summer camps whose activities included radical Islamic indoctrination and semi-military training.5

12. Omitting Holocaust studies from the Palestinian curriculum is not only Hamas policy, but also the policy of the Palestinian Authority. Following the Hamas attack on UNRWA a senior member of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education noted that the Holocaust was not taught in PA schools. Teachers in the Palestinian school networks said they had no guidelines from the PA regarding teaching the Holocaust (AP, August 31, 2009). In PA textbooks, including those printed between 2005 and 2007, there is no mention of the Holocaust of the Jewish people in connection with the Second World War. In an exceptional case in one book there was a vague reference to “what the Nazis did to the Jews,” but it was part of an attempt to explain “why there are those in Europe who are sympathetic to Israel.”6


1 Holocaust denial is an inseparable part of Hamas’ charter (1988) and day-to-day anti-Semitic statements and publications. For example, see our April 21, 2009 bulletin “The hate industry: Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV continues its crude anti-Semitic incitement, using The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and calling for the genocide of the Jews” at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/hamas_e070.pdf.

2 In an article written for Hamas’ Al-Risala (March 13, 2008), he used the term “Holocaust” (mahraqa, “burning” in Arabic) to justify terrorist attacks against the Jews and genocide. He said that “burning” would be the fate of the Jews, and that one of the signs was the suicide bombing attack in Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem (March 6, 2008).

3 In fact, the Palestinian Authority curriculum in Judea and Samaria does not include the Holocaust.

4 For further information see our August 16, 2009 bulletin “Hamas summer camps in the Gaza Strip integrate social activities with political and Islamic indoctrination and semi-military training” at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/hamas_e078.pdf.

5 Ibid., Footnote 4.

6 Qadaya Mu’asara, Modern Issues, 11th grade book, p. 41.



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Hamas’ smile attack for the West: Ken Livingstone interviews Khaled Mashaal, a case study


Ken Livingstone, extreme anti-Israel pro-Hamas left winger
(Photo from Wikipedia, September 22, 2009).
Overview

1. Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus, was recently (September 17, 2009) interviewed by Ken Livingstone for the New Statesman. The interview, laced with vicious anti-Israel propaganda, represented the Palestinians as the victims of Israeli oppression, and aimed at Western readers, it evaded clarification of Hamas’ extremist ideology. Khaled Mashaal called on the international community and the Arab world to exert pressure on Israel, expressed Hamas’ willingness to open up to the rest of the world and sought “to establish good relations and conduct constructive dialogue with all those concerned with Palestine.”

2. Ken Livingstone, who conducted the interview, is extremely left-wing and overwhelmingly biased against Israel. He was Mayor of London until 2008 and a Labor MP until he was expelled from the party in 2000. He prefaced the interview by saying that peace could only be achieved in the Middle East through Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, which he said meant dialogue with Hamas, claiming it represented the majority of Palestinians. His questions and the way he conducted the interview were clearly biased in favor of Hamas and made it easy for Khaled Mashaal to market his ideology and policies to British readers.

3. Throughout the interview Khaled Mashaal used the soft rhetoric familiar from his and other Hamas spokesmen’s interviews with the Western media. Hamas spokesmen express their willingness for a sovereign Palestinian state to be established within the 1967 borders and to cooperate with the international community, obscuring or concealing the movement’s ideology, which seek the destruction of the State of Israel and openly adopt the option of terrorism. When speaking to Palestinian audiences, Hamas spokesmen make their true positions clear, as was made evident three days after the interview.1

4. The interview was criticized by the British Foreign Office. Ivan Lewis, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, expressed regret at the line taken by Livingstone, saying that “[i]t is...particularly regrettable that he learned the wrong lessons from history by handing a propaganda coup to the leader of a terrorist organization” (British Foreign Office website, September 20, 2009).

The main points of the interview

5. The most telling questions were the following:
i) Why do you think Israel is still imposing the blockade on Gaza? Livingstone blatantly exaggerated “the difficult humanitarian situation” in the Gaza Strip, claiming that it was being “blockaded” by Israel, and that the Gazans were trapped in the largest jail in history. He asked Khaled Mashaal what part the United States, the European Union, Britain, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority played in the “blockade,” and Mashaal answered that it never would have succeeded without the “collusion of regional and international powers.” For the blockade to be lifted, he said, international law and the basic rights of the Palestinians had to be respected, including the right to live with dignity and free from persecution. [Note: Khaled Mashaal asks for international law to be respected while heading a murderous terrorist organization which systematically violates international law by deliberately killing Israeli civilians and which does not hesitate to brutally attack the Gazan civilians who oppose its rule.]



Selling candy in the Gaza City market before Eid al-Fitr (Wafa News Agency, September 22, 2009).
Photos and reports from the Gaza Strip do not support Khaled Mashaal’s bleak descriptions.

ii) What are the ideology and goals of Hamas? Khaled Mashaal represented the Palestinian people as victims of the “colonial project called Israel.” After a long description of Palestinian suffering, he said that Hamas was struggling to end of the “occupation” and restore “Palestinian rights,” including the “right” to return to their homes. [Note: When speaking to their Palestinian target audiences, Hamas spokesmen make it clear that by “rights” they mean the establishment of a Palestinian state in all of Eretz Israel, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.] Livingstone asked if Khaled Mashaal was “committed to the destruction of Israel.” Instead of answering a direct question, he said that “What is really happening is the destruction of the Palestinian people by Israel; it is the one that occupies our land and exiles us, kills us,... We are the victims, Israel is the oppressor, and not vice versa.” He claimed that the issue of recognition of Israel was an excuse, because Israel refused to recognize the “rights of the Palestinians,” who were the victims of Israeli “oppression.”

iii) Why does Hamas support military force in this conflict? Khaled Mashaal referred to military force as the “option” used by the Palestinian people because “nothing else works.” [Note: At no point in the interview did either Livingstone or Mashaal make it clear that by “military force” they meant lethal, indiscriminate terrorist attacks including rocket fire and suicide bombing attacks targeting Israeli civilians. However, the word “terrorism” was never mentioned by either Livingstone or Mashaal.] He claimed that the Palestinians preferred to resolve the conflict with Israel through peaceful means. He claimed that if the “occupation” were to end and the Palestinians were able to “exercise self-determination” in their “homeland,” there would be no further need for the use of force. [Note: That is, if Israel were to evaporate of its own free will, as Mashaal demands, there would be no need to employ “military force,” i.e., terrorist attacks, against it...] Mashaal added that the nearly 20 years of peaceful negotiations had not restored “Palestinian rights.” [Note: He was careful not to mention that the “peaceful negotiations” were accompanied by mass-casualty suicide bombing attacks in the major cities of Israel. The objective of the attacks, led by Hamas, was to sabotage any possibility of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement by killing as many Israeli civilians as possible.]

Hamas uses “military force:” a direct rocket hit on a house in Sderot
(Photo by Zeev Tractman, December 21, 2009).

iv) Do you wish to establish an Islamic state in Palestine in which all other religions are subordinate? Mashaal said that Hamas was a “national liberation movement” which saw no conflict between Islamic identity and its political mission. He claimed that Hamas’ first priority was to end the “Israeli occupation” of the Palestinian homeland [i.e., to destroy Israel] and only then would the Palestinian people define what type of government the future Palestinian state would have. In a statement clearly intended to please Western audiences, he said that Hamas did not believe Islam could be imposed on people, but that Hamas would campaign, in “a fully democratic process,” for “an Islamic agenda.” [Note: Representing Hamas, which has enforced a totalitarian regime on the Gazans, as planning to employ the democratic process, is an absurd fabrication meant to mislead the Western target audience. The nature of the Hamas-style “democratic process” is all too evident to the residents of the Gaza Strip, who are personally experiencing Hamas’ imposition of Islamization on all facets of their lives.]

v) Was Operation Cast Lead (“the bombing and invasion of Gaza,” according to Livingstone) the [Israeli] response to repeated breaking of the ceasefire by Hamas and the firing of rockets into southern Israel? Khaled Mashaal claimed that Hamas “fully abided by the ceasefire” between June and December 2008, while Israel only partially observed it by not fully opening the crossings. He also claimed that toward the end of the ceasefire Israel “resumed hostilities.” [Note: A deliberately incorrect representation of the facts. During the six months of the Hamas so-called “lull in the fighting” the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip fired 223 rockets and 139 mortar shells into Israeli territory, most of them during the last six weeks. The lull arrangement, which was systematically violated by the Palestinian terrorist organizations, expired with the announcement made by Hamas and the other terrorist organizations that it would formally expire on December 19, 2008. Once the announcement had been made, Hamas and the other organizations began a series of rocket attacks against Israel which peaked on December 24, when 60 rockets and mortar shells were fired, most of them by Hamas, at the Israeli cities of Sderot, Ashqelon and Netivot, and other towns and villages in Israel’s western Negev. On December 24 the Palestinians opened fire, and not for the first time, at the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings, through which supplies flowed from Israel into the Gaza Strip. [Note: Those important crossings between Israel and Gaza Strip have always been a preferred target for Hamas and the other toes.] In addition, Khaled Mashaal made no mention – and Ken Livingstone was careful not to pressure him – about the ongoing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip which disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians in the south between 2000 and 2009, the basic cause underlying Operation Cast Lead.]

Hamas prepares for escalation after the so-called “lull in the fighting”
(Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades website, December 18, 2008
vi) Does Hamas have a “road map” for a peaceful settlement? [Note: A question intended, through association, to elicit a Hamas alternative to the American Road Map.] Khaled Mashaal answered that a peaceful settlement would have to begin in a ceasefire agreement between the two sides based on a full Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in 1967. Only when the Palestinians were free, he said, and back on their land, would they be able to determine the future of the conflict. [Note: He made no mention of where his “road map” led and what would happen after Israel withdrew to the 1967 lines. Livingstone was careful not to pressure him regarding this inconvenient point.] Playing to the Western audience, Khaled Mashaal claimed that Hamas had no problem with Jews and Christians and that “for many centuries Christians, Jews and Muslims coexisted peacefully in this part of the world.” [Note: Hamas’ rhetoric includes anti-Semitic motifs, as evidenced by its charter. The issue of what will happen after the Israeli withdrawal, which Khaled Mashaal deliberately did not relate to, was made clear by Ayman Taha, who said that once the “1967 occupation” had ended, it would be necessary to bring to an end the “1948 occupation.”]



1 On September 20, 2009, senior Hamas figure Ayman Taha was interview by the Ma’an News Agency. He said that what was required of the United States was to end the “Israeli occupation” and stop the building in the settlements. He made it clear that Hamas’s position was that the “occupation” was to be ended in stages: first the occupation of the “1967 territories,” and then all the “1948 territories” [i.e., the destruction of the State of Israel in stages]. He added that the United States had to work “at least” to end the “occupation” of 1967, which it had not done so far (Ma’an News Agency, September 20, 2009).
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IPT Investigation Finds Hamas Support Drives Viva Palestina Caravans
By The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)



It was as brash and defiant a move as he could make. British MP George Galloway told a crowd in Gaza (see video here) that “I, personally, am about to break the sanctions on the elected government of Palestine. By Allah, we carried a lot of cash here. You thought we were all fat. We are not fat. This is money that we have around our waists.”

With that, he hoisted a bag filled with cash and handed it to a Hamas minister.


Hamas is a designated terrorist organization in the U.S. and E.U., but Galloway’s Viva Palestina convoy makes a priority of legitimizing Hamas as “the elected government of Palestine.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism has found ample evidence that Viva Palestina's ultimate objective is political – with the elevation of Hamas at its core.

Viva Palestina officials repeatedly said just that. During that March event with Hamas officials, Galloway also said:
"This is not charity. This is politics. The government of Palestine is the best people to decide where this money is needed. We are giving this money now to the government of Palestine. And, if I could, I would give them 10 times, 100 times more."
That sentiment was echoed on the eve of the sendoff of the Viva Palestina USA convoy which left in July. During a rally in Brooklyn, speaker Lamis Deek told the crowd:
"It's not about charity... but in every way that we cut it, it is political."
She added:
"[i]n choosing Hamas, what they chose was one united Palestinian state on all of the 1948 territories from the north to the very south. That is what Palestinians chose. And in supporting Palestinian choice we are saying we support their right to liberation from violent colonialism."
The IPT's findings about Viva Palestina, and its American offshoot Viva Palestina USA, can be read in a thorough report here.
Among those findings:

Viva Palestina USA is not incorporated anywhere. It uses an existing charity, the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizations/Pastors for Peace (IFCO) to collect donations.

During fundraisers and rallies, Viva Palestina members often invoke Hamas. In addition, a Hamas website promoted a pending trip by "European political figures" that quoted a Viva Palestina organizer.

Viva Palestina USA has struck alliances with a number of extremist groups, including La Voz de Aztlan, an organization that advocates the revolutionary overthrow of U.S. territory that it deems to have been stolen from Mexico; the Al-Awda, Palestine Right of Return Coalition, and Code Pink.

Read more about the investigation here. See the full report here. And read how a New York City Council member was told his participation in the July convoy could serve “a City purpose” here.
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Hamas in the Gaza Strip is under significant stress. As a government it has failed to provide for the needs of its purported constituents, and remains an international pariah under economic siege. At the same time, its credentials as a “resistance” movement lose currency by the day as the movement continues to refrain from attacking Israel for fear of reprisal attacks in the wake of Israel’s Caste Lead operation in December 2008 and January 2009.

Al Qaeda itself, which highlights the Palestinian cause in its rhetoric but gives the issue short shrift in its operational planning, has taken advantage of the opportunity to try to lure Hamas operatives away from the movement’s nationalist focus to the cause of global jihad. In February 2008, the elusive Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, denounced Hamas’ leadership for betraying Islam and called on Hamas’ military wing to break off from the group and join the global jihadist movement.

Recognizing the damage such challenges pose to Hamas’s own jihadist credentials, the movement’s Izz al Din al Qassam terrorist wing posted a paper on its website last month entitled “The Concept of Jihad as the Islamic World Understand” [sic] highlighting the work of Sheikh Yousef Qaradawi, famous for his religious edicts (fatwa) justifying suicide bombings targeting civilians in Israel and Iraq. Qaradawi, the paper stresses, “is extremely careful to distinguish between extremist groups that declare war on the whole world, killing indiscriminately, tainting the image of Islam and providing its enemies with fatal weapons to use against it, on the one hand, and on the other groups resisting occupation.” The effort to cloak itself in the mantle of a noted Islamist theoretician like Qaradawi, who is known for his vocal support for violent jihad, is a telling sign of the pressure Hamas feels it is under in the wake of its poor performance fighting Israel last winter and in light of its relative quiet since. Israeli officials have described the current Hamas policy as “industrial quiet,” which includes a pause in violence for the practical purpose of rearming and the strategic aim of consolidating its control in Gaza.

Hamas failed to inflict significant Israeli casualties over the course of the Caste Lead battles, and instead of protecting its civilian population Hamas hid its leaders and armaments behind civilian structures such as mosques and hospitals. According to a new Washington Institute study, Hamas in Combat: The Military Performance of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, despite the violent threat Hamas poses to regional stability, the movement’s fundamental military strength should not be overestimated.

Engaged in secular politics, failing to institute shariah law, and cracking down on fellow Palestinians who attack Israel or threaten Hamas’s rule, Hamas in Gaza has created a vacuum which salafi-jihadi groups – often populated by disgruntled Hamas operatives – have been keen to fill. To date, however, al Qaeda inspired groups in Gaza have enjoyed very limited success, an issue covered in detail in another, forthcoming Washington Institute study.
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Antisemitic Hamas TV Cartoon Portrays Stereotypical Jews, While Accusing Israeli Education System of Racism



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Following are excerpts from the Hamas TV Children’s Show “The Pioneers of Tomorrow”, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on December 4, 2009.

Child host Saraa Barhoum: Today, we will talk about education in Islam, and how we teach our children values, morality, and good manners, Nassur.

Teddy bear Nassur: That’s right, dear children. Saraa, perhaps we will watch a cartoon, and see how children are being educated.

Saraa Barhoum: Okay, let’s watch the film, and then we will return. Stay with us.
[...]

Film shows a Jewish boy walking along and dropping a bill of money. An Arab boy stops and picks it up.

Arab boy: Hey, stop.

Jewish boy: Yes, what is it?

Arab boy: You dropped some money. It’s yours.

Jewish boy: Oh? It’s really mine. Tell me, who are you?

Arab boy: Me? My name is Muataz, and I’m a Palestinian Arab.

Jewish boy: You’re an Arab? Are you sure? And a Palestinian, on top of it?

Arab boy: Yes, I’m sure. Why?

Jewish boy: But we were taught at school that the characteristics of the Arabs...

Flashback to a classroom

Teacher: My dear children, the characteristics of the Arabs are: They are cross-eyed, their faces are pockmarked, their noses are crooked, they have evil features, their moustaches are curly, they have deformities, and their teeth are yellow and rotten. These Arabs are barbaric. If they see you, they will kill you. That’s why we should get rid of them, before they kill you.

Jewish boy (talking to Arab boy): But I don’t see anything of what the teacher told us.

Arab boy: You had better ask your grandfather whether he ever had a better life than in the days of Islam.

Jewish boy: Can I ask you a question?

Arab boy: Go ahead.

Jewish boy: Why did you give my money back to me, when you could have taken it?

Arab boy: That’s what our religion teaches us – honesty.

Jewish boy: But my big brother told me...

Flashback to the boy sitting with his big brother, who is telling him a story

Brother: Let me tell you, dear, the Arabs are evil thieves. Let me tell you a story about the Arabs. Long ago, the Arabs were...

Jewish boy (talking to Arab boy): But I see it’s not like that. Where do you live, and how did you get here?

Arab boy: I used to live on this land, which you people plundered. We used to have a garden and a beautiful home, but...

Jewish boy: But what? Go on.

Arab boy: But you bulldozed our garden and destroyed our home. You killed my father and my mother in order to build this wall. I live over there, beyond the wall, with my grandmother.

Jewish boy: But my father used to tell me that the Arabs slaughtered us, and that they wanted to kill every single Jew. That’s why my father would train me...

Flashback to the father teaching his son to shoot

Father: Shoot him, my dear! Shoot him! Before he eats you up. (laughs)

Arab boy: That’s not true. We were created to serve Allah. We treat one another with compassion. We love life, and love to serve people.

Jewish boy: Tell me what you’ve learned from your life.

Arab boy: I’ve learned that Jerusalem is ours. I’ve learned to love my country and land. I’ve learned that we have a land that was taken by force, and will only be restored by force. I have learned justice and honesty.

Saraa Barhoum (to boy in studio): Tell me, Ghassan, what has your mother told you about an Islamic education? What did she teach you?

Nassur: Ghassan, tell us what you learned from this [film], and the [difference] in education between us and our enemies.

Ghassan: The Jews teach their children to slaughter, to destroy, to kill, and to shoot, whereas our children are taught friendship, loyalty, as well as the Islamic religion, and memorizing the Koran. Our children are taught not to steal and not to lie.

Saraa Barhoum: And faith, and...

Nassur: And love of the homeland too.

Ghassan: Yes, faith and love of the homeland.

Saraa Barhoum: Very good.

Nassur: Do you have a question?

Saraa Barhoum: Maybe we could hear him sing?

Nassur: Can I ask one more question?

Saraa Barhoum: Yes, go ahead.

Nassur: Can you remember a day in which you were sad and you cried?

Saraa Barhoum: For example, when somebody dear to you died.

Ghassan: When my father beat me.

Saraa Barhoum (laughing): Well, everybody... Obviously, your father wanted to teach you something.

Nassur: Did he beat you only once?

Ghassan: No, a lot.

Saraa Barhoum: Because he wanted to teach you manners and... If you made a mistake, you need to do better next time.
[...]
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Israel is likely to face advanced Iranian weaponry, long-range rockets, large missile silos and dozens of kilometers of underground tunnels connecting open fields with urban centers in the event of a future conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to the latest Israeli assessments.

Since Operation Cast Lead ended almost a year ago, Hamas has increased its weapons smuggling and today operates hundreds of tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor. It has smuggled in dozens of long-range Iranian-made rockets that can reach Tel Aviv as well as advanced anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles.

Hamas is believed to have a significant number of shoulder-launched anti-tank missiles and 9M113 Konkurs, which have a range of four kilometers and are capable of penetrating heavy armor.

In addition, Hamas is believed to have today a few thousand rockets, including several hundred with a range of 40 kilometers and several dozen with a range of between 60 and 80 km. Intelligence assessments are that Hamas smuggled the missiles into the Gaza Strip through tunnels, possibly in several components.


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One of the main lessons Hamas learned from Cast Lead was the need to reinforce its defenses and as a result has invested efforts in digging additional tunnels, which connect open fields with homes belonging to key operatives as well as command centers.

The idea is to enable freedom of movement for the operatives between different battlefields, which it found difficult during Israel's ground offensive in Gaza earlier this year.

Hamas has also increased its use of civilian infrastructure, particularly mosques, which the terror group already used quite extensively for storage and launching rockets during the operation. Hamas is believed to have taken control of almost 80 percent of the mosques in Gaza, using them to store weapons and set up command-and-control centers.

Hamas, is "padding" itself as well by setting up its command centers in large apartment buildings. This way, it believes, the IDF will not attack them by air, and will need to send ground forces deep into the population centers, where it will lose its technological advantage.

In addition, Hamas is hoping to increase the effectiveness of its rocket capability during a future conflict and has created large missile silos.
Hamas has also recently increased its efforts to dig what the IDF calls "offensive tunnels" close to the border with Israel, which the terror group could use to infiltrate into Israel and kidnap soldiers.

These tunnels are believed to be of strategic value for Hamas, which would only use them for large-scale attacks and high-value targets.

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Hamas Reascendant
The Palestinian jihadists may be more dangerous than ever.
by P. David Hornik
“Brothers and sisters, we will not be satisfied with Gaza. Hamas looks toward the whole of Palestine.”

So said Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh on Monday as he addressed a rally in Gaza City to mark the 22nd anniversary of Hamas’s founding as the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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“Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters thronged downtown Gaza City…. Gaza was decked out in Islamic green, with Hamas flags fluttering from roofs, lampposts and cars. Some parents dressed small children in combat fatigues and green Hamas headbands.

“The crowd packed an outdoor square where a huge banner draped over the wall of a building showed a picture of Jerusalem’s main Islamic shrine and photos of senior Hamas figures.

“Leaders made fiery speeches, bands played and scout troops marched in processions….”
At a time when both the United States and the European Union treat Palestinian statehood as one of the cardinal goals of international politics, seemingly these lines are worth pausing over. When one speaks of “the Palestinians”—the allegedly deprived group that receives more attention and assistance than all others—one is speaking in large part of supporters of an Islamic-fundamentalist movement whose proclaimed goal is the destruction of Israel pure and simple. The people willing to “dress small children in combat fatigues and green Hamas headbands” are—in considerable part—“the Palestinians.”

Hamas also reportedly released a statement on Monday that said it was still willing to reconcile with the rival Fatah movement, and that abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit would not be freed until Israel acceded to all of Hamas’s demands for the freeing of major terrorists.

Is Hamas’s confidence and bravado justified? According to the Israel Defense Forces, the answer is, yes. The IDF believes that “a new round with Hamas could be just around the corner” and that “this future conflict will be far different than its predecessor, and likely more lethal.”

With the rocket and mortar fire from Gaza having, indeed, gone way down since Israel’s war on Hamas last December and January—from about 3,000 rockets and mortars in all of 2008 to about one-tenth that number so far this year—why the pessimism?

One reason is that since that time Hamas has been engaging in an “unprecedented rearmament process.” Despite all the talk after the war about a concerted international effort to stop the smuggling into Gaza, Hamas has actually increased the smuggling and brought in long-range Iranian missiles, advanced Russian-made antitank missiles, and much else.
But apart from all that brawn, Hamas is also applying brains. Next time around it
“plans to use more civilian infrastructure; for example, the group has already taken control of over 80 percent of Gaza’s mosques, which it uses to store weapons and shelter command-and-control centers.

“Hamas believes it can overcome Israel’s qualitative edge by either forcing the IDF to penetrate deep into the residential areas to target its command centers and bases that are being ‘padded’ with civilians, or by provoking the IAF to attack by air, an act which runs the risk of major international condemnation.”
You could call it the Goldstone effect. Hamas knows that since last winter’s war, the side that has come in for moral censure—epitomized by the UN Human Rights Council’s Goldstone Report that accused the Jewish state of war crimes on the basis of spoon-fed Hamas propaganda—is Israel. The side that turns places of worship into weapons storerooms, uses civilians as military fodder, and dresses up children as holy warriors is, after all, “the Palestinians.”

On the military side, the IDF is reportedly “preparing accordingly and…already training its forces based on future operational models. To date, several brigade-level exercises have been held.” On the moral side, Israel knows it will face the usual uphill struggle to establish that it has the right to defend itself.
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I suggest Congress cut off funding for any UN educational effort that fails to teach the Holocaust. We can and should make this a moral issue.

And since the US provides 31% of the funding for UNRWA . . .
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I suggest Congress cut off funding for any UN educational effort that fails to teach the Holocaust. We can and should make this a moral issue.

And since the US provides 31% of the funding for UNRWA . . .
I suggest that we cut the U.N. off completely, and move it to Gaza.
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The whole world is little by little bowing to Hamas & their likes. The UN, Obama, Europe, and others. Soon maybe Obama & the world will organize a huge apology to the "Palestinians" , or who knows what else.

Here let me start with my Apology to the "Palestinian" people:

Dear Palestinites,

For decades you have lied to us, cheated us, abducted us, attacked us, killed us, and continue to do so.

I ask you to forgive us for getting mad at you for those things.

cc: The UN et al.
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Arrow The 22nd Anniversary of the Founding of Hamas

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December 15, 2009
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The 22nd Anniversary of the Founding of Hamas

The main rally in the Katiba al-Khadraa square in Gaza City
celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the founding of Hamas.


Events in the Gaza Strip
1. Last week Hamas celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Hamas promoted various events, among them rallies, marches and ceremonies. Speakers at the rallies and ceremonies stressed the Hamas movement’s achievements, which had stood it in good stead in the face of many challenges over the years, and its adherence to the path of the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism].
2. The main rally was held in the Katiba al-Khadraa square in Gaza City on December 14, and was attended by several hundred thousand Palestinians. It turned into an impressive show of strength for Hamas, which had transported many Gazans to the rally from throughout the Strip, including students, who were given the day off as a holiday.

Women participate in the rally
(Al-Aqsa TV, December 14, 2009).

Passengers way Hamas flags in vehicles on their way to the main rally in Gaza City
(Al-Aqsa TV, December 14, 2009).
3. Ismail Haniya, head of the de facto Hamas administration, was the keynote speaker. His main themes were the following (Al-Aqsa Radio, December 14, 2009):
i) Palestine is the land “from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river,” and would never be relinquished. He told the crowd that “today you are celebrating the anniversary of the foundation of Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement, the jihad arm of the Muslim Brotherhood on the soil of Palestine.”

ii) Haniya described the tests Hamas had undergone since its inception and its achievements. He noted that “Hamas restored respect for the resistance and jihad plan [i.e., terrorism]…Hamas will not retreat from resistance and jihad until it has achieved our people’s freedom, return and independence…”

iii) Hamas is not satisfied with merely the “liberation” of the Gaza Strip, and it does not intend to establish an independent entity there. Hamas “lifts its eyes to Palestine, all Palestine,” and the liberation of the Gaza Strip is only one step on the path to the “complete liberation of all Palestine.”

iv) Haniya accused Mahmoud Abbas’ government (“the other side”) of carrying out the dictates of “foreign elements,” such as the United States, which vetoed the internal Palestinian reconciliation. He called on Egypt to renew its efforts to complete the dialogue, taking Hamas’ position into consideration.

v) Ismail Haniya called for a positive response to the initiative of Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus, to convene a broad Palestinian gathering to formulate a “national salvation program” which would include the establishment of a national unity government, the construction of a source of authority for the Palestinian people, the agreement “at this stage” for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and “adherence to the right of return.”

Hamas’ smile campaign aimed at the West does not prevent it from continuing its anti-American incitement by holding the traditional ceremony of burning a coffin draped with the American flag (Safa News Agency, December 14, 2009).


Ismail Haniya, head of the de facto Hamas administration, speaks at the main rally
(Al-Aqsa TV, December 14, 2009).
4. The issue of the nature of the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism] was an important part of the “national salvation program” according to both Ismail Haniya and senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Zahar. Speaking apologetically, they answered the criticism leveled at Hamas in recent months for maintaining a policy of restrained terrorism, which they said originated from purely pragmatic considerations (i.e., administrative needs and Hamas’ desire to rebuild the military and civilian infrastructures damaged in Operation Cast Lead). For example:
i) Ismail Haniya, speaking at the rally in Gaza City, emphasized the so-called “reasonable resistance,”1 carried out with discretion. That “resistance,” he said, was based on the “right” of the Palestinian people to resist the “occupation,” with increased coordination, so that it would defend the resistance itself and its modus operandi.

ii) Mahmoud al-Zahar said that “the resistance is a comprehensive concept, not limited to the military conflict. Quite the opposite, the rise of Hamas to power gave protection to the operatives of the resistance [who were active during the] previous regime [led by the Palestinian Authority and Fatah], and gave support to anyone who wanted [to carry out] the resistance” (Filastin Al-Yawm, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad website, December 14, 2009).

Mahmoud al-Zahar attends the rally
(Safa News Agency, December 14, 2009).
Judea and Samaria: Hamas Is Prevented from Holding Events for its Anniversary
5. Following intensive preventive activity by the Palestinian security forces, Hamas’ anniversary passed without special note in Judea and Samaria. Hamas’ websites2 reported that the Palestinian Authority security forces detained 150 Hamas activists and ordered almost 1,000 to come in for questioning. Hamas’ websites gave the names of those detained and called it an “unprecedented” security operation. Mahmoud al-Rahmi, secretary of the Palestinian Legislative Council, said in a telephone interview that during the two previous days 150 detainees had been listed and thousands of Hamas activists and supporters had been ordered to commit themselves in writing not to participate in Hamas activities3 (Al-Aqsa TV, December 14, 2009).

6. A “source in Ramallah” told the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post that the decision to prevent Hamas’ celebrations was made by the Palestinian Authority leadership. The source said that similar decisions had been made for the past four years (Jerusalem Post, December 12, 2009).
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Pictures from the Hamas Celebrations
The Events Took Place on December 11, 2009, in the Center of Gaza City
(Hamas’ Palestine-info website, December 11, 2009)


Masked operatives carry a coffin draped with the Israeli flag.


Operatives of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades suicide bomber unit march in formation.

Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operative carries a rocket over the head of a child.


The ship symbolizes the return of the Palestinians to Palestine. The inscriptions on the sails read “The Qur’an is our law, jihad is our path, Allah is our goal, the prophet [Muhammad] is our model” [based on the slogan of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is the Palestinian branch.


Hamas operatives hold IEDs and Qassam rockets.

Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operatives pray during the event.


Child decorated with Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades banner and headband.

Child carrying a weapon and wearing military equipment and a Hamas headband.

Masked Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operative marches
laden with weapons and surrounded by children.
1 In the original Arabic, al-muqawamah al-rashida. The term means “reasonable resistance.” The root R.SH.D appears in the Qur’an in the context of “intelligence and discretion.”
2 Hamas’ website in Judea and Samaria is Imama, and was quoted by Hamas’ Palestine-info website, December 14, 2009).
3 On the other hand, Wafa News Agency reported that in the northern Gaza Strip the Hamas security forces detained 26 Fatah activists (Wafa News Agency, December 14, 2009).
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December 23, 2009

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Khaled Mashaal, Chief of Hamas’ political bureau, visits Tehran




Khaled Mashaal and other senior Hamas figures meet Iranian
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (Photo from Ali Khamenei’s website.)



Overview

1. On December 13-15, Khaled Mashaal, chief of Hamas’ political bureau in Damascus, headed a delegation to Tehran and met with the Iranian leadership, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the president and other top figures of the regime. The visit marked the 22nd anniversary of Hamas’ founding. It symbolized the close relations between Hamas and Iran and the importance Hamas gives to the support it receives from Iran in view of its isolation, both regionally and internationally. During the visit the Iranian leadership promised to support Hamas’ continuation of the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism]. Khaled Mashaal praised Iran’s support and in answer to a question, hinted that if Israel attacked Iran, Hamas would be part of the response.

Hamas-Iranian Relations

2. Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus, celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the founding of Hamas by visiting Iran, which (along with Syria) support the movement’s strategy. While the move was largely symbolic, it reflected the close relations between Iran and Hamas created in recent years, especially after Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in June 2007, increasing its dependence on Iranian support.

3. In the past two years Iran has assisted Hamas in a variety of ways: its support has been military (training, weapons – including long-range rockets – and technical knowhow), financial (several hundred million dollars a year) and political (publicly backing Hamas’ policies). After Operation Cast Lead Iran worked energetically to help Hamas rebuild its military infrastructure, which was damaged in the fighting; part of its aid included giving Hamas rockets with ranges of 75 kilometers, or 37.5 miles, threatening the center of Israel.

4. Support for Hamas as well as Hezbollah and jihad continues as one of the main aspects Iran’s security perception. It is intended to tie Israel to conflicts on its southern and northern borders and provide a response to the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran. In addition, support for the Palestinian terrorist organizations is part of Iran’s policy of exporting the Islamic Revolution, and reflects the deep hatred the Iranian regime bears toward Israel.

Khaled Mashaal’s Visit to Iran

5. Khaled Mashaal’s reception in Iran was of the sort usually reserved for respected heads of state (such as Syrian President Assad). He met with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (an honor accorded to few) and with other top leaders (President Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki and Ali Larijani, Chairman of the Majlis [Iranian parliament]).

6. All the heads of the Iranian regime expressed support for Hamas’ struggle and promised to continue their support, severely criticizing the leaders of the Arab countries who, they claimed, acted against Palestinian interests and “play into the hands of the Zionists.” The most important Iranian statements were the following:
i) Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that Iran had paid a heavy price in the international arena for its position on the Palestinian issue. He said that by retreating from its pro-Palestinian position a great deal of pressure would be relieved, but that Iran was willing to bear the brunt of that pressure. He strongly criticized what he called the failure of the leaders of the Arab countries to support the Palestinian cause, and said that some Arabs (disguised as Muslims) [a hint at Egypt and other pro-Western Arab countries] had betrayed the Palestinian cause. He said that the only solution for the crisis in Palestine was to continue the resistance [i.e., terrorism], have faith in Allah and be capable of carrying out acts [i.e., terrorist acts]. “Allah,” he said, “had decided that victory would come to those who believed in him and carried out jihad in his name.” He added that if Israel attacked the Gazans again it would be delivered a greater blow and defeat more crushing than in the past.1

ii) Iranian President Ahmadinejad said that Iran would always stand by the “oppressed Palestinian people” and that global conditions were changing in favor of independent countries, and their enemies were suffering one failure after another. As examples he gave what he called the failure of Israel’s attacks of the Gaza Strip and in the second Lebanon war, and the failure of American President Barack Obama to rehabilitate the United States’ image among the Muslim countries and the failure of the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.2


Khaled Mashaal meets Iranian President Ahmadinejad
(Photo from Ahmadinejad’s website).
iii) Ali Larijani, chairman of the Majlis, strongly criticized the position of the American administration in the Palestinian issue, saying that Washington had repeatedly failed to provide the Palestinians with the most basic rights. He said that Iran considered its continuing support of the Palestinian cause a great honor and that Hamas was “a symbol of confrontation with Zionist regime and resistance against its acquisitiveness.”3 He said that the “resistance” [i.e., terrorism] had proved itself to be the best weapon for realizing the rights of the oppressed Palestinians.4

iv) Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said that the fact that Israel had been libeled throughout the world after the operation in the Gaza Strip was to a great extent the result of the “courageous resistance led by Hamas.” He added that Iran congratulated Hamas on the 22nd anniversary of its founding and said that “[t]he indecent and arrogant moves made by hegemonic powers and the Zionist regime versus the status and prestige of Hamas have thus far been entirely futile, having led to improving the status of Hams among the Palestinians and the Palestinian resistance [i.e., terrorist] groups.”5


Khaled Mashaal with Iranian foreign minister Manuchehr Mottaki
(Fars News Agency, Iran, December 15, 2009).
v) Hashemi-Rafsanjani, chairman of the Iranian Assembly of Experts and of the Expediency Discernment Council, described the Palestinian issue as the most important international concern and said that the Muslim world had a duty to put and end to the Palestinian’s suffering. He said that “The Islamic world can create a serious obstacle in the way of the Zionist regime's totalitarian and expansionist tendencies and polices, and the Islamic countries must spend efforts aimed at breaking the siege of Gaza.” He added that “Maintaining the Jihadi spirit and observing patience in confrontation with the hardships are two main factors in resistance that would lead to the victory of the Palestinian people, and the signs of upcoming victory are already evident.”6


Khaled Mashaal and Hashemi-Rafsanjani
(Photo from Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s website)
7. Khaled Mashaal’s main statements were the following:
i) Khaled Mashaal expressed his appreciation for Iranian support, saying that it strengthened the resistance [i.e., terrorist organizations] in Palestine. He said that “All nations support us but at the top of them are the leader and people of Iran. We appreciate them.” Asked what Hamas would do if Israel attacked a country in the region, he answered that “[t]he Zionist regime is a danger for all and threatens Lebanon, Syria, Hamas, Hezbolah and Iran. We are always ready for resistance and if Israel attacks, we will all resist.”7

ii) He said that “[t]he event in occupied Palestine and the approaches adopted by the Zionist regime reveal the fact that the so called peace talks have been fruitless and resistance [i.e., terrorism] is the only real and genuine way to go.” He added that Israeli Prime Minister “intended to take advantage of the weak position of the Arab world and the European countries, and resort to deceiving tactics in order to stabilize the position of the Zionist townships within the Palestinian territories.”8
[Note: All emphases in the statements by Khaled Mashaal and the Iranians were added by the ITIC.]


1 http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=contentShow&id=6218.
2 http://president.ir/fa/?ArtID=19251.
3 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8809241314.
4 http://alef.ir/1388/content/view/59443 / .
5 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8809241319.
6 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8809240788 and http://www.aftabnews.ir/vdcjy8eh.uqetmzsffu.html.
7 http://www.irna.ir/En/View/FullStory/?NewsId=845076&IdLanguage=3.
8 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8809241319.
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Who knew? HAMAS terrorists aren’t Islamic enough.
Or so says the ARMY OF ISLAM, an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Gaza that focuses on killing and kidnapping Israelis and Westerners.

Ideologically, the Army of Islam bills itself as the closest Palestinian organization to al-Qaeda. The leaders scorn Hamas for not being Islamic enough, and they insist that Hamas impose Sharia law in Gaza right away. Army of Islam leader, Sheikh Moetaz Dogmush, says, “If Hamas won’t correct its path, we will correct it with the sword. Hamas is an Islamic organization only by their talk, not by their deeds.” The Army of Islam’s stated agenda is: building their Sharia stronghold and upgrading the quality and number of their weapons. So when the time is right, they will strike Israel.



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Arrow How Should Hamas Be Treated?

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January 5, 2010
Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No.578



How Should Hamas Be Treated? The Gazan Salafi-Jihadis Receive Guidance from Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi and His Shari'a Committee

By: E. Alshech*

On August 14, 2009, Hamas raided the Ibn Taymiyya mosque in Rafah, a religious center of the Salafi-jihadi movement in the Gaza Strip. The attack, in which dozens of Salafi-jihadis were killed or wounded, was a watershed in their relations with the Hamas movement. Whereas prior to the raid, the Salafi-jihadis were divided in their opinions about the status and legitimacy of the Hamas government, following it they adopted a unanimous position that the Hamas government is apostate.

Having arrived at this conclusion, the Salafis needed the guidance of authoritative religious scholars as to the legal ramifications of Hamas' designation as apostate. They directed questions on this subject to the most prominent of the Salafi-jihadi scholars – Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi, who resides in Jordan – and to his Shari'a Committee of sheikhs and scholars. The answers were posted on Al-Maqdisi's website Minbar Al-Tawhid Wa'l-Jihad. Given Al-Maqdisi's stature and his growing influence on the Salafi-jihadis in Gaza, an examination of these answers is highly edifying, because they illuminate some of the legal notions that may shape the Salafi-jihadis' perception and treatment of Hamas in the future.



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Hamas: Egypt has declared war on us



Relations between Egypt and Hamas reached their lowest point ever as they traded allegations over the weekend about last week's violent protests along the border between Sinai and the Gaza Strip.

An Egyptian soldier was killed and scores of Palestinians were wounded, some seriously, when hundreds of Hamas supporters demonstrated against the construction of a steel wall along the border.

They were also protesting against restrictions imposed by the Egyptians on members of the Viva Palestina humanitarian convoy, led by British MP George Galloway, when they sought to enter the Gaza Strip from Sinai.

The Egyptians said that the soldier, who was stationed inside a watchtower, was killed when he was hit by a bullet fired by a sniper from the Hamas-controlled side of the border.

Cairo has demanded a public apology from Hamas over the incident. The Egyptians were surprised and enraged to instead hear the official Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, announce over the weekend that the soldier was killed by a stray bullet fired by another Egyptian soldier during the protests.

"All the evidence and information available from last Wednesday's events prove that the soldier was killed by mistake when Egyptian troops opened fire on young Palestinian men who were protesting Egypt's repressive measures against members of the aid convoy in El-Arish," Abu Zuhri said. "Not a single bullet was fired from the Palestinian side."

Abu Zuhri accused the Egyptians of "exaggeration" with the aim of obscuring the fact that 35 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes along the border. Two of the wounded were in critical condition, he said.

The Hamas spokesman also accused the Egyptians of seeking to divert attention from the ongoing work to build an underground steel wall at the border.

A Hamas legislator in the Gaza Strip said that Egypt was now "actively and publicly participating in the war against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip." The construction of the new wall and the continued closure of the Rafah border crossing was tantamount to a declaration of war on Hamas, he said.

Issam Abu Shawar, a writer closely associated with Hamas, said that many Arabs and Muslims were disgusted to see Egyptian soldiers throw stones at members of the international aid convoy and Palestinian demonstrators last week.

"What Egypt did was indeed disgraceful," he said. "They attacked with stones hundreds of messengers of humanity who came from afar to deliver medicine and milk to our people in the Gaza Strip."

In response, Egyptian government officials, columnists and newspaper editors have launched an unprecedented and scathing attack on Hamas.

Hamas was also strongly condemned by government-employed preachers during Friday prayers in tens of thousands of mosques throughout Egypt.
The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has joined the bandwagon, unleashing sharp criticism against Hamas and accusing it of threatening Egypt's national security. The PA has also staunchly defended Cairo's right to build a separation wall along its border with the Gaza Strip.

In an article titled "Egypt and the Gaza Gang," the chief editor of the Egyptian daily Al-Gomhuria, Muhammad Ibrahim, wrote that Hamas, with the help of the Iranians, was seeking to "extend its control to Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, in addition to Palestine."

He said that Hamas leaders were living in comfort in Damascus while the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been left homeless and exposed to Israeli missiles.

"For the one-thousandth time we say to the Gaza gang, which claims to be heroic while its members are sleeping in palaces in Damascus and eating whatever they wish while their people are hungry, and who are wearing fur while their people are shivering from cold, that the day of judgment has arrived," the chief editor, who is very close to President Hosni Mubarak, said.

"Never in history has a gang succeeded in imposing its will on a state," he wrote.

In another article, Ibrahim said that Hamas was more of a threat to Egypt than Israel.

"Israel is killing our soldiers by mistake," he said. "But Hamas is killing them with sharpshooters. We won't forget that Hamas blew up 17 bases along the border since January 2008 and more than 700,000 Palestinians crossed into Sinai. Many of them were gunmen. No Egyptian will from now on allow the agents of Iran to shed the blood of our sons."

The Egyptians are also furious with Hamas for accusing Cairo of "participating in the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip" by building the steel wall.

Cairo is facing growing criticism in the Arab and Islamic world over the structure. Demonstrations against the project are organized almost on a daily basis in Arab and Islamic capitals.

"Egypt's main goal behind the construction [of the wall] is to defend its borders from threats emerging from the Gaza Strip," explained Egyptian political analyst Abdel Munem Saeed. "The new fortresses along our border are defensive, not offensive."

Saeed said that the decision to establish the wall was taken following attempts by Hamas and Hizbullah to undermine Egypt's stability and sovereignty.
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It does not matter what you post and what proof you have.



The USA, is only interested in maintaining the status quo in the region.



A strong Israel, surrounded by enemies, and a bottomless pit of Palestinian terror to go along.

As long as the U.S. pays a significant portion of the bills, Israel will never be allowed to defeat it's enemies decisively. Israel's enemies will always be permitted to regroup and resupply and live to fight another day. At the end of Op Cast Lead, Hamas was on the ropes. Obama takes office, and the Op is over. Today, Hamas regroups and resupplies and prepares for another round. Hezbollah ? What is new ?

I thought "others" allowed the evacuation of the PLO from Beirut in 1982 ?

Israel bailed out Arafat, just after Gulf War I, and opened up worthless paper peace negotiations with the PLO. Today, they are still working on those negotiations.

At present, it is even more comical. Now, you have two different political eclectic leaders, both claiming to lead the Palestinians. The PLO will be gone from the W. Bank within five years. With that being the case, why give concessions to the PLO fat cats, that are just waiting to go back to Tunisia, after Hamas pushes the PA dictatorship from the W. Bank ?

Somebody in the Knesset has to say no.
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