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Ron Radosh

What Hamas Believes, and Why It Must Be Delegitimized and Fought

August 3rd, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Once Israel destroys all the tunnels it can find dug by Hamas and withdraws its troops, demands will again be made on Prime Minister Netanyahu to agree to sit down with Hamas and work out a lasting cease-fire as well as a peace agreement. We know that as of today, Hamas’ leadership has said any such agreement must include the complete opening up of the borders on all sides of Gaza, and a lifting of the blockade imposed by Israel. Hamas’ leadership has made it most clear that they will not agree to any arrangement that does not satisfy all of their demands.

Why does Hamas make it crystal clear that it will not accept any real peace that does not give it what it desires? What else does Hamas want and why is it so determined to destroy Israel? What ideology do its leaders and members subscribe to? These are the questions most of the media fail to ask.

Today, in a pathbreaking and revealing interview, Nic Robertson of CNN sat down in Qatar — Hamas’ protector — with Hamas’ political leader, Khaled Mashaal. Robertson did not mince words, and asked Mashaal the tough questions he obviously did not expect.

Both the Israeli and American narrative, Mashaal said, was a “lie.” Hamas’ leader actually said with a straight face that Hamas did not fire rockets from schools, mosques and other populated areas, and never put the people of Gaza in harm’s way. Israeli rockets, he said, were purposefully aimed at civilian inhabitants. Moreover, he continued to claim that the thousands killed in Gaza by Israel’s forces, when compared to the relatively few Israeli deaths, is proof enough that it is Israel alone that was guilty of intentionally killing civilian non-combatants.

Robertson stood out from all his media counterparts in not letting Mashaal get away with such drivel. He pointed out that if there were not as many Israeli casualties, it was not for the lack of Hamas trying. The “Iron Dome” has saved Israeli lives, and Hamas seeks to fire so many rockets in the hope that some will get by Iron Dome’s capabilities and explode in civilian areas.

Mashaal told Robertson the following:

We are stronger than they are in the justness of our cause. We are the rightful owners of the land, and they are the thieves of the land. We are the victims and they are the murderers. But despite this we might not win a battle or two completely, but at the end we will win the war. Our steadfastness is a victory. To kill their soldiers while they kill our civilians is also a victory for the Palestinian cause and Hamas.

To understand what Hamas is all about, one has to turn to historian Jeffrey Herf’s important article about the organization. Based on a close reading of the Hamas charter, Herf shows that its aims and its ideology and philosophy are “rooted in the totalitarianism and radical anti-Semitism that has undergirded Islamism since its rise in the 1930s and 1940s.”  This truth, he correctly writes, is one “unnoticed by reporters, editors, and pundits who race to comment on Hamas’ war with Israel.”

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The HAMAS Charter gets its 'death to all Jews anti semitism' DIRECTLY from the KORAN just as Boko Haram gets its MISOGYNY DIRECTLY from the KORAN and just as ISIS gets its threats to CHRISTIANS to either CONVERT or DIE DIRECTLY from the KORAN.
The problem is not that all these different groups are getting the SAME bad ideas by CO-INCIDENCE the problem is they get them from ISLAM. The West needs to WAKE UP and smell the coffee.
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Anti-semitic yes. Also anti-Christian. The only religion they don't malign is Islam. That is for one one reason. They are afraid of the personal consequences. Scratch a " progressive" and find a coward.
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Uh no, the obvious I realize is very very difficult to see. It's because progressives are anti-Semitic, that's why they support Hamas.

Sigh.
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Hamas was founded by the Mossad.
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With the coming of Islamic jihad, we are seeing the greatest evil to confront the world since Hitler and the Nazis, took over Germany. One only has to watch the videos, of the jihadis, executing captured soldiers, muslims of another sect, and the beheading of Alan Berg to see the truth. Watch the islamic executioners walking down the line of prisoners, shooting them one at a time with AK47s, and then walking back and forth several times, shooting anyone who even twitches to indicate they might still be alive. Watch the video of the jihadis, with a line of "apostates", shooting each one in the head with a pistol, and then casting the body into a river.
We are witnessing unprecedented evil, and the world MUST confront and defeat that evil.
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Western Politicians , the Lame Stream EneMedia , the ridiculous UN and Left Wing moonbats and LoFo MORONS the world over just cant raise the SAME level of indignation and outrage over the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of INNOCENT CIVILIANS being killed in SYRIA, NORTH AFRICA, IRAQ, PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN etc etc as they seem able to do over a measly 1000 or so PALESTINIANS.
Whats that you say ALL the others are being killled by MUSLIMS and its only the Palestinians that we can blame JEWS for.
Oh I see point taken.
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The LEFT loves ISLAM loves HOMOSEXUALS loves anti semitism can see nothing wrong in Islamic MISOGYNY and loves Green NAZI stupidity but they HATE CHRISTIANITY.
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I wonder who it can possibly be that constructed the hundreds of LABOUR INTENSIVE Tunnels under the Israeli border and who is firing these THOUSANDS of ROCKETS at Israel because if you listen to the Lame Stream EneMedia, the UN , deluded Politicians and the Palestinians themselves there is nobody in GAZA except INNOCENT CIVILIANS.
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Greetings:

Hamas, Shamas !!! Islam is the millstone. It is nothing more than the globalization of 7th Century A.D. (if I may) predatory Arab tribal culture with a thin veneer of religion. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.

Over the last 50 or so years, the USofA has been engaged in a program to constrain, undermine, and/or eradicate (white) racism. Something similar is necessary in regard to Islam if we are to put those genies back into some kind of bottle. Allowing their claims of victimhood is analogous to allowing such claims for today's Ku Klux Klan.
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Greetings:

Hamas, Shamas !!! Islam is the millstone. It is nothing more than 7th Century A.D. (if I may) predatory Arab tribal culture with a thin veneer of religion. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.

Over the last 50 or so years, the USofA has been engaged in a program to constrain, undermine, and/or eradicate (white) racism. Something similar is necessary in regard to Islam if we are to put those genies back into some kind of bottle. Allowing their claims of victimhood is analogous to allowing such claims for today's Ku Klux Klan.
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"Anyone who believes Hamas’ claim that all religions would live peacefully on an equal basis under Islamist rule are more than naïve; they are deluded."

And not just Hamas. I have been having an intense discussion with some libertarians who believe that Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad should have been left alone because Christians were "protected" under them, even though both were/are cutthroat killers.
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Saddam Hussein's Vice President, Tariq Aziz, is a Christian. I don't know if Saddam actually protected the broader Christian community in Iraq though. Raymond Ibrahim seems the "go to" guy for that kind of question.

Please note that I'm not trying to stick up for Saddam in any major way. He and his sons and his clique were vicious tyrants and I think the world is a better place wiithout them in it.
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"Anyone who believes Hamas’ claim that all religions would live peacefully on an equal basis under Islamist rule are more than naïve; they are deluded. " ... how about Evil?
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The HAMAS Charter gets its 'death to all Jews anti semitism' DIRECTLY from the KORAN just as Boko Haram gets its MISOGYNY DIRECTLY from the KORAN and just as ISIS gets its threats to CHRISTIANS to either CONVERT or DIE DIRECTLY from the KORAN.
The problem is not that all these different groups are getting the SAME bad ideas by CO-INCIDENCE the problem is they get them from ISLAM. The West needs to WAKE UP and smell the coffee.
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