Northern California's Friends of Hamas
Academic departments at leading universities in Northern California, including UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University, have recently begun co-sponsoring events with South Bay Mobilization (SBM), a group associated with Hamas.
While South Bay Mobilization is not the only organization in the Bay Area that has ties to Hamas through the activities of some of its leaders and/or members, it has taken a leading role on university campuses throughout the Bay Area. Members of South Bay have had luncheons with Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, and have accepted medals from him in a highly propagandistic manner.
Members of South Bay Mobilization have also been linked to the Free Gaza Movement, which sailed to the Gaza Strip from Cyprus in August 2008. Therefore, South Bay Mobilization's support for the Free Gaza Movement also constitutes support of Hamas and its aims, and is equivalent to an endorsement of terror, murder, and genocide.
The Free Gaza group had been invited to the Gaza Strip by Bassem Naim, the minister of youth and sport of the genocidal terrorist group Hamas. Naim had recently been denied entry into Europe because of his terrorist affiliation. Furthermore, Hamas is responsible for the murders of hundreds of innocent civilians. The Hamas Charter, somewhat similar to the PLO Charter, includes the following passages:
- "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." (Preamble)
- "The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him." (Art. 7)
- "The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgment Day." (Art. 11)
- "There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad. Initiatives, proposals, and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors." (Art. 13)
On August 24, during their visit, the group met with Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of Hamas. What appears to be a large Hamas flag was flown on board one of the ships at its arrival. Haniyeh personally awarded medals to the Free Gaza members.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, preparing to distribute medals to Free Gaza members.
Free Gaza members with their medals pose for a photo-op with Hamas leader.