Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Birthday, Hamas

It's Hamas birthday, and they're throwing a big bash in Gaza (hat tip to Michael Travis):

Tens of thousands of people have turned out in Gaza City for a rally to mark 20 years since Hamas was founded.

Waving green flags and banners, crowds of Palestinian men, women and children filled a large square for the event.

Analysts say turnout is seen as a vital test of support for Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip in June from its Fatah rivals.

In a defiant website statement, Hamas's leader in exile, Khaled Mashaal, vowed the group would not renounce violence.

Speaking from Damascus, Syria, he said Palestinians were capable of mounting a new uprising against Israeli occupation, like the intifadas of 1987 and 2000.

"Whoever thinks that Hamas has reached a dead end is wrong," he added, in his anniversary message to the militant Islamist organisation's website.

(Pastorius comment: Wait a minute, who said anything about them being at a dead end? The fact that this guy is making this comment, when no one even said such a thing must mean that he believes they are at a dead end. Well, that is good news, if true.)

He also said Fatah leader and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads a moderate government in the West Bank, did not have a mandate to negotiate with Israel.

A huge banner hung from a building near the scene of Saturday's rally read: "We will not recognise Israel."

I guess you could call that their party platform.

Since it's their birthday, let's have a look at the words of their founding document, the Hamas Charter:

"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."

"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. "

"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."

"After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying."

Some things to note:

When Hamas says the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf, they mean the land of Israel belongs to Muslims.

The Protocols of the Elders Of Zion is a racist tract originally published in Russia in the early twentieth century. Despite the fact that it was long ago debunked it continues to be a big seller in the Islamic world to this day. The fact that Hamas refers to it in their charter ought to tell you everything you need to know about Hamas; that is they are a vile, racist organization.

Click here to learn about The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.