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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Fatah accuses Hamas of defiling Islam

Ten days ago, I posted a video in which Hamas accuses Fatah of 'defiling Islam.' The video used the Disney character The Lion King. Now Fatah has issued a response. Watch it below and I will have some comments afterwards:

Here's some of what Palestinian Media Watch has to say about the two videos:
Hamas goes so far as to imply that members of Fatah are Infidels. Both sides have chosen to accuse the other of defiling the Quran. This accusation is very significant. When American soldiers were accused of defiling the Quran in Guantanamo in 2005 it sparked riots across the Muslim world.


The anti-Hamas video produced by Fatah is a medley of scenes of destruction in a Gaza mosque that was attacked by Hamas gunman. The Fatah clip includes pictures of the dead and interviews with the injured Islamic Jihad members who had been in the mosque.

The Fatah cameras focus on the bloodstained floor of the mosque and on copies of the Quran, covered with grenades and bullet casings, to blame Hamas for the desecration. The caption makes the accusation, “Whose grenades are these?”


The Hamas clip is far more creative, featuring high-quality animation in which the Fatah members are depicted as rats wreaking havoc on Islam, while Hamas is a majestic lion. The lion, with a strong resemblance to Disney’s character of the Lion King, arises to defend Islam and defeat the Fatah rats. The rats are shown crawling over, and burning, Islamic texts and the Quran. They also remove the veil from a woman’s face and target mosques with machine gun fire and RPGs.

The Hamas video ends with a verse from the Quran: “If ye return, We shall return” [Sura 17,8], implying that followers of the Fatah are infidels. The meaning of the verse is, “If ye return (to sin), We shall return (to punish you),” and continues with the warning, “and Hell will close on the Infidels” – in this case the Fatah.

The Fatah clip counters by presenting those killed by Hamas as faithful to Islam, by showing their pictures accompanied by captions, “These were the protectors of the mosque. Look what happened to them!”


The choice of these accusations in clips on both Hamas and Fatah controlled stations are an indication of the universal supremacy of Islam in the Palestinian Authority, and the disagreement is only whether Hamas or Fatah represents genuine Islam.
Please allow me to add to this. The Hamas video is MUCH more professionally done - so much so that I actually saw the Fatah clip two weeks ago and ignored it because other than the torn pages of the Koran it didn't really seem that significant.

There's a lesson in here for those who want to reach a 'peace agreement' with 'moderate' 'Palestinian President' Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen. Fatah is an Islamist party just like Hamas. Israel cannot reach agreements with Islamists because they're not interested in land or borders. They are interested in murdering Jews.


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