Is Hamas Rhetoric of ‘kill all Jews” a Natural Outgrowth of Israel’s Genocide?

The Hamas charter, widely cited by defenders of the Israeli siege on Gaza, contains some passages that hard to reconcile for many allied with Palestinian liberation. Specifically, the charter states:

“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.’”

According to Kash Nikazmrad of Students for Justice in Palestine, one should view passages from the Hamas charter like the one above as hyperbolic political rhetoric meant to stoke a political base, and not, he says, as something to be taken literally. The focus, he says should be on the genocidal conditions imposed by Isreal that give birth to the resistance.

“The UN recognizes Genocide as anything deterring the progression of human life,” says Nikazmrad, “and that is what (Israel) does in Gaza. They don’t allow them to fish. Settlers come and cut down Oliver trees and put concrete on the olive trees. And (Israel) is all outside, and they blame Palestinians for building tunnels to try to bring medical supplies in. What do you think will happen when you build a prison (Gaza) and you prevent people from having any kind of right to life? They are going to try and build tunnels and they are going to try and resist the occupation that is there.”

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  • rel

    This is satire, Right? Hamas was founded in 1987. It’s charter pre-dates the blockade, etc. — Indeed, its charter (and Hamas and Gazans’ adherence to the charter, as evidenced by their election of Hamaas) is the reason for the blockade. There’s a simple solution. Gazans/Palestinians must simply recognize that they will achieve nothing through violent “resistance.” Renounce violence, and the blockade will end. Very simple. Unconditional surrender will bring them peace and prosperity, just as the Germans and Japanese got peace and prosperity by surrendering, unconditionally. Unfortunately, the Palestinians/Gazans are too proud to surrender. It took two nuclear bombs to get the Japanese to swallow their pride. I hope it won’t take comparable devastation for the Palestinians/Gazans to swallow theirs.

    • kevinzeese

      You are being intellectually dishonest. The violence against Palestinians started long before the founding of Hamas. It started well before the founding of Israel. The terrorism of Zionists was part of the creation of Israel — destroying Palestinian villages, chasing Palestinians out of their homes — the stealing of Palestinian land was not caused by Hamas it was caused by extremist Zionist thinking that led to terrorism against Palestinians so they could steal their land. That continues to be the goal of Israel — steal the land of Palestinians.

      • closetothetruth

        I’m lost. you consider it valid to go back that far in history regarding the Palestinians, but not regarding the Jews. Why?
        Why not the history of how and why the world assented to the creation of Israel–was that to “steal the land of Palestinians,” too? It’s all been a giant conspiracy against that particular ethno-cultural group? Again, why? Why did the whole world decide to eradicate that specific group? Is that really a more cogent and likely explanation than the version that says, “after the Holocaust, the world felt that Jews needed a place to go where they’d be RELATIVELY safe from genocide”?

        Anti-Jewish sentiment is one of the oldest and most effective racisms in the world, and as much as I hate Krautheimer, the quotation from him above that points out that Jews have never had a homeland anywhere in the world is a critical part of history. Arabs, Muslim and non-Muslim, have had many empires, many homelands, and many violent and colonial projects. Jews never have; that’s why Israel was created.

        What I do not understand about people on the left taking the Palestine side when they echo and repeat worldwide calls for Jewish genocide is this. If a parallel situation had been created, in which another historically ostracized group– which could describe “African American” or “indigenous/native,” but not “Arab” or “Muslim”–had been given (unfortunately) an important piece of land, the idea that this would actually exacerbate racial hatred and produce a persistent, manipulative, dishonest opposition would be obvious and unsurprising. If there was a “white enclave” in Arlington VA after Washington DC had been given to “freed black slaves” after the Civil War–about the best one can do to create a parallel–and that “white enclave” published and taught material about how “racist” and “genocidal” the blacks were for not allowing whites to return to “THEIR” homeland, would you not be a little more hesitant about seeing those whites as just victims of oppression? Especially when all the surrounding states and cities are majority white?

        Rather than excusing Hamas, the fact is that the bizarre worldwide sympathy Palestinians have created for their cause, built on a bulwark of the same anti-Jewish hatred out of which Israel was built, is itself responsible for the stridency and militancy of current Israeli culture–and until the Jews there get more sympathy from people with brains, like yourself, this situation is not going to improve.

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  • Warren_Peace

    In 2005, Israel completely withdrew from Gaza. The Israeli army uprooted
    its settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and
    turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians. There was not a
    soldier, settler, or single Israeli left in Gaza.

    There was no blockade. To help the Gaza economy succeed, American Jewish
    donors bought more than 3,000 greenhouses from Israeli settlers in Gaza
    for $14 million and transferred them to the Palestinian Authority.
    Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who brokered the deal, put
    up $500,000 of his own cash. These 3,000+ greenhouses were the core of a
    very successful fruit and flowers export business. Israel even opened
    border crossings and encouraged commerce, hoping that the Gaza economy
    would thrive & the violence would finally end.

    The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living
    peacefully and productively side by side. Simultaneous with the Gaza
    withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern
    West Bank as a clear signal of their desire to leave the West Bank and
    an amicable two-state solution.

    So how did the Gaza Palestinians react to this peaceful gesture? On
    Sept. 13, 2005, they looted & demolished the greenhouses. At the
    time of the looting, the AP wrote, “The failure of the (Palestinian)
    security forces to prevent scavenging & looting after Israel’s troop
    pullout Monday raised new concerns about Gaza’s future”.

    And they were correct, because shortly afterwards Gazans elected Hamas.
    Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political &
    economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning
    Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons,
    missiles and tunnels to make ceaseless war on Israel, as commanded by
    their God Allah and his prophet Mohammad.

    — Excerpted from Charles Krauthammer article: “Moral clarity in Gaza”
    and “Looters Strip Gaza Greenhouses” Associated Press, 9/13/2005

    • kevinzeese

      Here is a more complete picture of what happened in Gaza after Israel left. As you can see, from this fact-based review Israel made it impossible for Gaza to succeed economically. Krauthammer is a well-known Israeli apologist so it is always good to look for an alternative perspective when you read anything he says on Israel, http://electronicintifada.net/content/gaza-strip-disengagement-two-years/7228

  • Warren_Peace

    I talked to the top Muslim guy about the root causes of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and this is what he told me:

    “Allah made the Jews leave their homes by terrorizing them so that you
    killed some and made many captive. And He made you inherit their lands,
    their homes, and their wealth. He gave you a country you had not
    traversed before.” — Quran 33:26 (written around 625CE)

    • Kevin Zeese

      I searched Quaran 33:26 and did not find the same quotation. Do you have a link to a version that says what you claim. Here is what I found on multiple sites: “And He brought down those who supported them among the People of the Scripture from their fortresses and cast terror into their hearts [so that] a party you killed, and you took captive a party.”

    • kevinzeese

      I searched Quran 33:26 and found a different statement. I looked at multiple sites and they all gave the statement below which did not mention “Jews”. If you have a link to somewhere saying what you claim please share it.

      Here is what I found on multiple sites. I included the section before and after so people have context:

      [33:25] GOD repulsed those who disbelieved with their rage, and they left empty handed. GOD thus spared the believers any fighting. GOD is Powerful, Almighty.

      [33:26] He also brought down their allies among the people of the scripture from their secure positions, and threw terror into their hearts. Some of them you killed, and some you took captive.

      [33:27] He made you inherit their land, their homes, their money, and lands you had never stepped on. GOD is in full control of all things.

  • DHFabian

    Actually, we do blame the victim. Think a minute. Israel is a tiny bit of land, the sole Jewish nation (historic and modern homeland of the Jews), surrounded by vast, oil-rich Arab nations. Yet our media portrays them as relentless aggressors. We might consider why the Arab “Palestinians” are unwelcomed in any of the Arab nations, and we could be outraged at the way they are used by the Arab states to try to bring an end to Israel, but we won’t. When Israel retaliates for terrorist attacks, Americans howl with righteous outrage — apparently oblivious to America’s “longest war,” which killed tens of thousands of Arabs in retaliation for 9/11. Americans, many of whom can’t find Israel on a world map, who know virtually nothing about the history or conditions of the Mideast, become armchair experts in condemning Israel for its struggle to survive. They order Israel to surrender the Jewish homeland to the “Palestinian” Arabs. While both Jews and Arabs originate in the Mideast, the popular idea of “justice” is that the Arabs should have 100% possession of this land. We hear Americans refer to Israel as land “stolen” from Arabs; they demand that Israel “give the land back,” apparently oblivious to the reality that the US exists on stolen land. There appears to be no boundaries to this generation’s hypocrisy.