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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hamas condemns the Holocaust - by comparing Israel to Nazis

The headline looked promising. The JPost told us this evening that a Hamas minister - Health and Information Minister Bassem Naeem had 'condemned Holocaust denial' in an op-ed published in London's Al-Guardian.
"But it should be made clear that neither Hamas nor the Palestinian government in Gaza denies the Nazi Holocaust," his op-ed continued. "The Holocaust was not only a crime against humanity but one of the most abhorrent crimes in modern history. We condemn it as we condemn every abuse of humanity and all forms of discrimination on the basis of religion, race, gender or nationality."

Naeem then went on to write that while he "unreservedly condemns the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe, [he] categorically rejects the exploitation of the Holocaust by the Zionists to justify their crimes... of ethnic cleansing and subjection they have been waging against us."
Maybe? Could it be? No, it wasn't. In fact, the only thing in this op-ed that's new is the unprecedented low level to which Al-Guardian stooped to publish it. Quite simply, there is no excuse for giving a voice to terrorists - particularly to publish this kind of risible drivel:
In fact, the al-Aqsa Channel is an independent media institution that often does not express the views of the Palestinian government headed by Ismail Haniyeh or of the Hamas movement. The channel regularly gives Palestinians of different convictions the chance to express views that are not shared by the Palestinian government or the Hamas movement. In the case of the opinion expressed on al-Aqsa TV by Amin Dabbur, it is his alone and he is solely responsible for it.
Really? Which programming on Al-Aqsa didn't reflect the views of Haniyeh and Hamas? The claim that the Jews perpetrated the Holocaust to get rid of their own handicapped and infirm populations? The Tomorrow's Pioneers children's program hosted by Hamas spokesman Fawzi Bahoum's niece Saraa, which brought us such heroes as Farfour the Mouse (beaten to death by an 'Israeli agent'), Nahoul the Bee ('died' because he couldn't get to his free care in a hospital in Israel due to the blockade), and Assud the Jew-eating rabbit? Kuku and Fuku (who want to return to Tel Aviv and Haifa and throw the Jews into the sea)? Did Hamas 'Culture' Minister Atallah Abu Al-Subh reading the Protocols of the Elders of Zion reflect the views of Haniyeh and Hamas? How about the puppet show in which a child stabbed President Bush to death? Did that reflect the views of Haniyeh and Hamas? How about all the calls to 'Palestinians' to protect act as human shields for terrorists' homes? Do those reflect the views of Hamas and Haniyeh?

Please tell us Minister Naeem - which of these programs and countless others don't reflect Hamas or Haniyeh's policies?

But then Naeem really steps over a line: He compares the State of Israel to the Nazis:
But it should be made clear that neither Hamas nor the Palestinian government in Gaza denies the Nazi Holocaust. The Holocaust was not only a crime against humanity but one of the most abhorrent crimes in modern history. We condemn it as we condemn every abuse of humanity and all forms of discrimination on the basis of religion, race, gender or nationality.

And at the same time as we unreservedly condemn the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe, we categorically reject the exploitation of the Holocaust by the Zionists to justify their crimes and harness international acceptance of the campaign of ethnic cleansing and subjection they have been waging against us - to the point where in February the Israeli deputy defence minister Matan Vilnai threatened the people of Gaza with a "holocaust".

Within 24 hours, 61 Palestinians - more than half of them civilians and a quarter children - were killed in a series of air raids. Meanwhile, a horrible crime against humanity continues to be perpetrated against the people of Gaza: the two-year-old siege imposed after Hamas won the legislative elections in January 2006, which is causing great suffering. Due to severe shortages of medicines and food, scores of Palestinians have lost their lives.
The 'siege' started after Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah last summer. Not two years ago. Israel has continued to supply the Gaza Strip with all of its people's basic necessities even though Israel can (and should) lock the door of the Strip and throw away the key since it is no longer responsible for it. Any shortages in the Strip have been created by Hamas by commandeering supplies meant for the 'Palestinian people' and by its continuous bombing of the very depots and crossing points from which Israel supplies the residents of Gaza with the basic necessities of life.

Then Naeem lets his guard down. If you read his article carefully, you will see how he defines 'occupation' and you will understand that it's not about borders, but about Israel's existence.
Our right to resistance against occupation is recognised by all conventions and religious traditions [Name one other than Islam. CiJ]. The Jews are for us the people of a sacred book who suffered persecution in European lands. Whenever they sought refuge, Muslim and Arab lands provided them with safe havens. It was in our midst that they enjoyed peace and prosperity; many of them held leading positions in Muslim countries [until hundreds of thousands of them were expelled from their homes in Arab countries and their property was confiscated after each time the Arab countries tried to annihilate Israel and went down in ignominious defeat. CiJ].

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The Europeans bear a direct responsibility for what is befalling the Palestinians today. Britain was the mandate authority that handed over Palestine to Israeli occupation. Nazi Germany perpetrated the most heinous crimes against Jews, forcing the survivors to migrate to Palestine in pursuit of safety. We, therefore, expect the Europeans to atone for their historic crimes by restoring some balance to the inhuman and one-sided international response to the tragedy of our people.
If Britain turned 'Palestine' over to 'Israeli occupation' it didn't happen in 1967 - it happened in 1948. What Hamas seeks is Israel's destruction - no more and no less. Hamas seeks to perpetrate a second Holocaust on the Jewish people and then to turn the entire country into an Islamic Caliphate. They must be stopped.

3 Comments:

At 11:04 PM, Blogger NY Nana said...

/Only in Al-Guardian, and not in Al-Independent,also, the home of Robert Fisk?

I wonder what will happen when there is no one left to bear witness. Actually, seeing what is happening now? I have answered my own question, tragically.

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger Findalis said...

Ah the Welfare Queens ("Palestinians") are crying victim again.

They want more handouts. They want everything handed to them on a silver platter.

If Europe wasn't already Dhimmified, they wouldn't get a cent.

 
At 4:58 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't expect Hamas to love Israel. If they were interested in showing they changed their stripes they would release Gilad Shalit alive without any pre-conditions and they would stop rocketing and shelling Israel. They won't do that or give up their inciting Palestinians to Jew-hatred, which gives the lie to their phony condemnation of the Holocaust - and shows up their libelous comparison of Israel to the Nazis. Even foes can be civil but the Palestinians are the first adversary in Jewish history that don't recognize Jews have an equal footing in the Land Of Israel. Absent that recognition, there's really nothing to talk about.

 

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