Hamas terror boss Fathi Hamad is a notable figure. Hamad is both the director of
Hamas’s al-Aksa television station and the terror group’s “minister” of the
interior and national security. His double portfolio is a clear expression of
the much ignored fact that for terrorists, propaganda is inseparable from
Hamad’s key posts make him a man worth listening to. His
statements necessarily indicate Hamas’s general direction.
On March 23,
Hamad was interviewed by Egypt’s Al Hekma television station. The interview was
translated by MEMRI.
Hamad made two central points. First, he claimed
that the Palestinian war against Israel is the keystone of the global jihad.
Second, he said the Palestinians are not a distinct people, but transplanted
Egyptians and Saudis.
In his words, “At al-Aksa and on the land of
Palestine, all the conspiracies, throughout history, have been shattered – the
conspiracies of the Crusaders, and the conspiracies of the Tatars. At al- Aksa
and on the land of Palestine, the Battle of Hattin was waged. The [West] does
not want this noble history to repeat itself, because the Jews and their allies
would be annihilated – the Zionists, the Americans and the
“Thus, the conspiracy is very clear. Al-Aksa and the land
of Palestine represent the spearhead for Islam and for the Muslims. Therefore,
when we seek the help of our Arab brothers, we are not seeking their help in
order to eat, to live, to drink, to dress, or to live a life of luxury.
No. When we seek their help, it is in order to continue to wage
Hamad next explained, “Brothers, half of the Palestinians are
Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? We have many
families called Al-Masri, [Egyptians] whose roots are Egyptian. Egyptian! They
may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan,
from Upper Egypt. We are Egyptians.”
What Hamad’s interview tells us is
that today Hamas – the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood – is more
interested in unity with Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egypt than with Fatah.
Whereas in the past it joined Fatah in obscuring the direct link between the
jihad against the Jews and the jihad against the non-Muslim world, today it
seeks to emphasize the connection. To this end, Hamas is willing to abandon the
myth of Palestinian nativism and acknowledge that the Palestinians are an
artificial people, invented for the purpose of advancing the global jihad in the
key battlefield of Israel.
Hamad’s statements underscore a widespread
sentiment among Israelis about the revolutions now tearing apart the Arab world.
That sentiment is that while the results of these revolutions will be
catastrophic in the medium and long term, in the short term they bring respite
to Israel. With Arab regimes – new and old – struggling to consolidate power,
they have little time or energy to devote to their war against Israel.
this situation, the thinking goes, Israel should be able to devote its attention
to attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Unfortunately for Israel, while
the Arab world is increasingly uninterested in the Palestinian war against
Israel, Europe and the American Left are more than happy to pick up the
Consider two recent events. First, two weeks ago the UN Human
Rights Council voted to launch a commission whose goal is to criminalize Israel
for the existence of Israeli communities beyond the 1949 armistice
The council’s decision to form a new kangaroo court to criminalize
Israel was not the result of the Arab diplomatic war against Israel. It is the
consequence of the European diplomatic war against Israel. It is Europe, not the
Arabs that has barred Israel from caucusing with its UN regional group – the
Western European and Others Group. By barring Israel from the caucus, the
Europeans have denied Israel the ability to make its case to other UN member
For its part, the Obama administration pays lip service to the
need to end the Human Rights Council’s obsessive war against Israel. But at the
same time, it has effectively joined that war by legitimizing the anti-Israel
council both by joining it, and by refusing to use its membership as leverage to
coerce the council into abandoning its campaign against Israel.
the council’s vote to form a new Goldstone-style commission to attack Israel,
the State Department issued a statement in which it claimed that due in part to
US membership in the council, the council had been spurred to “action on a
series of important human rights situations around the world.”
was last Friday’s Global March to Jerusalem, in which a consortium of protesters
organized by Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran and the international Left
intended to storm Israel’s borders and fill the state with hostile
As Ribhi Halloum, the coordinator of the march said last
year, the goal of the GMJ was “to move the right of return possessed by
Palestinian refugees from theory to practice.”
In a press conference in
Amman days ahead of the operation, Halloum said that organizers expected for two
million people to mass at Israel’s borders and attempt to breach them.
the end, the GMJ failed to mount its planned invasion. The sum total of the
day’s events amounted to several violent local demonstrations by Palestinians in
Judea and Samaria joined by foreign and Israeli leftists. Israel’s borders were
The GMJ’s failure to achieve its aims owed to the same
pan-Arab distraction that Hamad tried to address in his interview with Egyptian
But while the Syrians, Egyptians, Jordanians and Lebanese
have more urgent business to attend to, the international Left has intensified
its own campaign against Israel.
Leading anti-Israel, (and anti-Jewish)
leftists including George Galloway, Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, Noam Chomsky,
Jeremiah Wright, Cindy Sheehan and Medea Benjamin served as members of the GMJ’s
various organizing committees. These self-proclaimed human rights activists had
no problem with the fact that the Iranian regime took a central role in
organizing the operation or that the clear goal of the campaign’s Muslim
organizers is the destruction of Israel.
To the contrary, this goal is
now openly shared by growing numbers of Western leftists. In an op-ed on the
Guardian’s online opinion forum, Sarah Colborne, a member of the GMJ’s
organizing committees and its national coordinator for the UK as well as the
director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK wrote, “The struggle for
Palestinian rights is at the core of the global movement for social and economic
Judith Butler, one of Colborne’s American counterparts, has
opined that “understanding Hamas, Hezbollah as social movements that are
progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely
So just as Hamas’s Hamad claims that the jihad on Israel is
the key campaign of the global jihad, Hamad’s Western partners claim that
destroying Israel is the key to the Left’s campaign for
Disturbingly, the international Left is receiving indirect
support for its goal of destroying Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, (and
through it, destroying Israel), from the US government. Just days before the GMJ
failed to unravel Israel’s physical control over Jerusalem, in a jaw-dropping
exchange between State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland and AP reporter
Matthew Lee, Nuland refused to say that Jerusalem is the capital of
The US has always been deeply hostile to Israel’s sovereignty
over Jerusalem. Beginning in 1950 the State Department directed US diplomats to
discourage other governments from establishing their embassies in Jerusalem. But
while the US has always undermined its own alliance with Israel by aligning its
policy on Jerusalem with Israel’s worst enemies, under President Barack Obama,
the US’s willingness to express this hostility has been
This hostility has been demonstrated most famously by
Obama’s demand that the government stop respecting Jewish property rights in the
It has also been given graphic expression by the administration’s
decision to move the Consular Section of the US Consulate in Jerusalem from an
Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem to the site that Israel allocated for a
new US embassy.
The site is located in the Jewish Arnona neighborhood in
Israel allocated the land to a future US Embassy after
Congress passed the US Embassy Act in 1995 which obligated the US government to
move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The site was chosen, among other
reasons, because its location in western Jerusalem put it outside the dispute
regarding whether or not Israel will retain sovereignty over eastern, southern
and northern Jerusalem in a hypothetical peace treaty with the Palestinians. The
US government uses the non-resolution of the Palestinian conflict with Israel as
its justification for refusing to accept Jewish property rights in those areas
of the city.
The US Consulate in Jerusalem is not subordinate to the US
Embassy in Tel Aviv. It presents itself as the unofficial US embassy to the
non-existent state of Palestine. By utilizing the site in western Jerusalem
allocated for a future embassy as an extension office of the consulate, the
Obama administration made clear its rejection of Israel’s right to sovereignty
over all of Jerusalem. And in light of the US law that recognizes Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital and orders the government to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem,
the Obama administration not only indirectly legitimized the cause of those who
seek the destruction of Israel.
It did so in contempt of US
In truth, there is nothing new about the West’s rejection of
Israel’s right to sovereignty or even to its support and sponsorship for the
Arab war for the destruction of Israel. Such animosity predates not only the
1967 Six Day War. It predates the establishment of Israel.
Richard Meinertzhagen, who served as an intelligence officer in wartime and
post-World War I Mandatory Palestine, made this point clearly in his memoir
Middle East Diary
Meinertzhagen wrote that the first Arab terror
assaults on Jews under the British military government were instigated by the
British military. Just before Easter in 1920, British military authorities
contacted future Nazi agent Haj Amin el Husseini and encouraged him to attack
the Jews of Jerusalem.
They told him, “He had a great opportunity at
Easter to show the world that the Arabs of Palestine would not tolerate Jewish
domination in Palestine... and if disturbances of sufficient violence occurred
in Jerusalem at Easter, [the British High Commanders] would advocate the
abandonment of the Jewish home.”
Today, the Jewish people begin their
week-long celebration of Passover, the Jewish festival of freedom. This evening
we will read in the Haggada that our fight for freedom is an eternal
When we assess the global nature of the current assault on
Jewish freedom and sovereignty in our country, we see the truth of that
While our present circumstances give us much to celebrate, the
work of Jewish liberation is far from email@example.com
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