Wednesday, 7 January 2009

From the Hamas Covenant 1988

From the Hamas Covenant, The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement, 18 August 1988:

Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised.

Article 7

The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

Peaceful Solutions, Initiatives and International Conferences:

Article Thirteen:

Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they fight. "Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know."

Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason, with one stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference and participating in it. Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Moslems as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?

"But the Jews will not be pleased with thee, neither the Christians, until thou follow their religion; say, The direction of Allah is the true direction. And verily if thou follow their desires, after the knowledge which hath been given thee, thou shalt find no patron or protector against Allah." (The Cow - verse 120).
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. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with.

Article 27

with all our appreciation for The Palestinian Liberation Organization - and what it can develop into - and without belittling its role in the Arab-Israeli conflict, we are unable to exchange the present or future Islamic Palestine with the secular idea. The Islamic nature of Palestine is part of our religion and whoever takes his religion lightly is a loser.

Article 28

The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.

Arab countries surrounding Israel are asked to open their borders before the fighters from among the Arab and Islamic nations so that they could consolidate their efforts with those of their Moslem brethren in Palestine.

As for the other Arab and Islamic countries, they are asked to facilitate the movement of the fighters from and to it, and this is the least thing they could do.

We should not forget to remind every Moslem that when the Jews conquered the Holy City in 1967, they stood on the threshold of the Aqsa Mosque and proclaimed that "Mohammed is dead, and his descendants are all women."

Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Moslem people. "May the cowards never sleep."

Article 32

The Islamic Resistance Movement consider itself to be the spearhead of the circle of struggle with world Zionism and a step on the road. The Movement adds its efforts to the efforts of all those who are active in the Palestinian arena. Arab and Islamic Peoples should augment by further steps on their part; Islamic groupings all over the Arab world should also do the same, since all of these are the best-equipped for the future role in the fight with the warmongering Jews.

"..and we have put enmity and hatred between them, until the day of resurrection. So often as they shall kindle a fire of war, Allah shall extinguish it; and they shall set their minds to act corruptly in the earth, but Allah loveth not the corrupt doers." (The Table - verse 64).

See also here, The Islamic Movement That Just Won't Die.

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  1. Errm... Yes, but.

    Where has being reasonable got the Palestinians?

    Hamas is indeed a crystalisation of hatred.

    But it is hatred arising out of a concrete historical situation of being lied to and cheated out of their inheritance by Jews and Gentiles.

    They are as bad as the armed Jewish settlers and terrorists and their godless violent religion is as bad as godless violent Zionists.

    So where does this post take us?

  2. Semper, I think a lot of people have no idea what Hamas stands for and therefore no idea how Israel feels with a Hamas government installed next door, regularly firing missiles at them. Listening to and reading the Western media, you would get the impression that a lot of the media have no idea what Hamas stands for, either.

    I'll let people judge for themselves what they think Israel should do about those who want to destroy not just Israel but Jews (note the quotes in the document!)

    What we should do is a lot more difficult to say.

  3. Semper - Hamas is one instance of the wider Islamist mindset, which has roots long pre-dating the foundation of an Israeli state.

  4. Yes Sam - we all know that.

    What is more interesting is why a minority dingbat tendency (violent islamism) won the hearts and minds of enough Palestinians to be voted into office.

    As for the fine distinction between Jews and Zionists - that is easier to draw in Essex than in Gaza. Particularly since Israel's military might is bolstered by Western Jews who see investing in Israel as either a valuable insurance or a holy cause.

    Even more shameful has been the support of Christian Zionists who have consistently provided "whitewash" for Jewish abuses in Palestine.

    "Kill the Christians and Jews" probably seems a good rallying cry for people who have spent all of their lives in massive concentration camps living off "humanitarian" handouts while their homeland is "settled" by foreigners.

    A bit like the many English who hated all Germans rather than just Nazis 60 years ago.

  5. Semper – you say
    “What is more interesting is why a minority dingbat tendency (violent islamism) won the hearts and minds of enough Palestinians to be voted into office.”
    Could it be that the ordinary Palestinian, living in what you rightly call “massive concentration camps” was tired of a basically corrupt Fatah which had been “governing “ them , receiving training and funding for weapons from the USA, with little to show for the benefit of his people?
    The USA and Israel’s unmaintained promises to Fatah meant that Fatah’s promises to the Palestinians were also not kept.
    Living with the humiliation of being refused employment and in what most westerners would describe as in extreme poverty, with no sign of relief, is surely enough to warrant a wish for change. When the opportunity for this came in the form of the election of Hamas, it is not difficult to see how Hamas got voted in.
    The defeated Fatah party still maintains control of most of the Palestinian security apparatus in the west bank and the US still funded (at least until very until very recently ) Fatah’s warlords based in Gaza.
    The distinction between Jews and Zionists hardly seems a most prevalent argument to solve in this situation. While the west continues to plough finance into Israel’s military, be they Christians, Jews, Zionists or a combination, a peaceful situation in the West Bank, unfortunately will never happen.

  6. The US was in a somewhat analogous situation to Israel about a hundred years ago. Mexico was in chaos; ruled by competing gangs of warlords and an ineffectual central government. Some of the warlords enter the United States and kill people. It began to happen often enough that the US sent its army in under General John "Black Jack" Pershing to end the troubles.

    The troubles eventually ended - not because the US got Pancho Villa, but because the Carranza government found it embarrassing to have Black Jack Pershing and the US Army practicing for World War I in its back yard. The search for dignity led Carranza to clean up his country's collective act.

    Eventually, the Palestinian Authority will have to either grasp the nettle and work with Israel to terminate the problem posed by Hamas or forfeit their claim to leadership of the Palestinian people. The Israelis would probably prefer the least bloody of the available alternatives, since irrespective of the lies being slung around by Hamas and its clients among the world's news media, Israel is committed politically to a moral resolution of the Palestinian problem.

    If the rest of the world has a role, it is to encourage the Palestinian Authority to step up and take the leadership they have claimed for so long; and to help them drive Hamas out of Gaza.