Hamas and the Islamic State
August 17, 2014 12:41
Compared to the boundless ambition of the new caliph, Hamas’s aspirations are comparatively modest, but they put the organization ultimately at odds with the Islamic State.
Islamic State militants parade in Mosul.
Fiction has given way to fact. Charges against Israel of crimes against humanity, nay of deliberate genocide of the Palestinian people, cunningly manipulated and loudly trumpeted by Hamas, were taken up with enthusiasm by the world’s media. Now they have been displaced by genuine and horrific reality in the northern mountains of Iraq. And apart from what might be termed “the usual suspects”, most world leaders appear to have recognized the real thing when they see it.Over the past few weeks, as the army of the Islamic State (IS) has been bulldozing its way into vast tracts of Iraq, tens of thousands of Christians with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, have been fleeing for their lives from towns like Qaraqosh and Bartilla.
July 9, 2015
By A. MARK CLARFIELD