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What The 'Mein Kampf' Of Hamas Really Has To Say About War, Peace
By Herb Denenberg, The Bulletin
Published: Monday, January 12, 2009
Here’s the fastest formula for understanding what is going on in Gaza and the Middle East. Read the founding document of Hamas and that will enable you to figure out that Israel had no choice but to attack Hamas, and that Hamas and the Palestinians have brought on what is going on and should not be complaining.
Hamas is dedicated to committing genocide and destroying Israel. Hamas is not interested in making peace with Israel or anyone else. Hamas is dedicated solely to genocide, terrorism and murder.
If you have any doubts about the above conclusion, read the founding document of Hamas and judge for yourself. To help in your decision process, this column will give you a summary of what Hamas stands for in its own words. There’s no way to spin these views. They are crystal clear and out of its own mouth, Hamas condemns itself as a terrorist, murderous, uncivilized organization of barbarians that are committed only to the values of death, destruction, aggression and genocide. They deny the value of peace conferences and negotiations.
As you listen to Hamas in its own words, you’ll learn it is not only committed to genocide and terrorism, but also holds many wacky ideas that can most charitably be described as insane or close to it.
This discussion is based on the founding document of Hamas called “The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement,” dated Aug. 18, 1988. The Islamic Resistance Movement is another name for Hamas. If you want to read the full Hamas founding document, it is available at the Web site of the Yale Law School: avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_
century/hamas.asp. We’ll start by showing you just how insane the hatred and suspicions of Hamas and are.
• Origins Of Rotary, Lions, Freemasons And Other Organizations: This may surprise you, but, according to Hamas, the Jews founded the Rotary Clubs, Lions, Freemasons and other organizations to “sabotage societies and achieve Zionists interests.” At the same time, Hamas asserts the Jews own and control everything, so it is not clear why they would be sabotaging the societies they own and control. But you’ve got to hear these lovelies in their own words. This appears in Article 22 of the Covenant:
“With their money they [the Jews] formed secret societies such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests.”
I am sure that Freemasons, Rotarians and members of the Lions will be interested in Hamas’ view of their activities:
“The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end.
“It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations of the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions Clubs and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.”
(This is from Article 28 of The Covenant; all the other quotations in this section are from Article 22.)
I am sure Rotarians, Lions and Freemasons will wonder how their organizations have the time and resources to do all that claimed for them by Hamas.
It gets better. With the money the Jews amassed in the societies they controlled, they decided to initiate revolutions. Here, again the Hamas document in Article 22:
“With their money, they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein … They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist Revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about here and there.”
So the Jews became Communists apparently out of boredom after amassing all the wealth and power of the world. Again, Article 22:
“With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others … they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to exploit their resources and spread corruption there … The imperialistic forces in the Capitalist West and Communist East, support the enemy with all their might, in money and men. These forces take turns in doing that.” Notice, the Jews brought the Capitalist West and Communist East into an alliance to work on their behalf, which is quite a feat if true.
• The Hamas Attitude Toward Peace And War: The Covenant makes it clear Hamas is not interested in negotiating peace in any way, shape or form. The Covenant has a section on “Peaceful Solutions, Initiatives and International Conferences.”
Article 13 of that section reads:
“Initiatives and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas] … Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question …Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas] does not consider these confer ences capable of realizing the demands restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Moslems as arbitrators. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?”
Hamas believes peace is impossible and only war and jihad makes sense. Article 13 again:
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with.”
Article 13 might be important reading for those who advocate talking, negotiations and aggressive diplomacy with genocidal maniacs of various stripes.
• The Role Of Shariah (Muslim Law): Shariah governs every aspect of life, and here’s what Article 11 has to say on its application:
“This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations to the Day of Judgment.”
Shariah must be in force not only in the Middle East but also in all other lands ever conquered by Islamic forces, such as Spain.
This concept of eternal consecration means Palestine, among all the other lands ever controlled by Islamic conquests can never change in ownership or controlling law. Article 11 reads:
“The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [a Muslim charitable endowment] consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: It, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgment Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Moslem generations till Judgment Day?”
• Hamas Dedication To War And Death: Hamas’ fundamental views are the opposite of those of the Judeo-Christian tradition of peace and life. Hamas makes its dedication to jihad (war) and death clear in Article Eight:
“Allah is the target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.”
Only this insane exaltation of death and jihad makes suicide bombing the road to paradise and the highest calling.
• Hamas’ Central Purpose: Murder, Terror And Genocide: In the second paragraph of the preamble of The Covenant, Hamas gets down to its central business:
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
The Covenant makes it clear that the Jews are the “enemy” and uses those two terms often and interchangeably. The Preamble of The Covenant also states:
“This Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), clarifies its picture, reveals its identity, outlines its stand, explains its aims, speaks about its hopes, and calls for its support, adoption and joining its ranks. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts.
“The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realized.”
But to be sure no one misses the central purpose of Hamas, The Covenant makes it clear that it considers one of the central purposes of Islam and Hamas is to kills Jews. (This is not a “Zionist” issue; Hamas is in the business of hating and killing Jews whether Israelis or Zionists.)
For the need to kill Jews, The Covenant relies on The Prophet himself, Muhammad, as stated in Article Seven:
“The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:
“The Day of Judgment 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. Only the Gharkad tree (a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.”
• Total Disregard For The Truth: The Covenant has little respect for the truth and is quick to ignore facts and reality when they contradict one of the conclusions of Hamas. Many examples have already suggested this indifference to the truth. But here’s one more that makes the case.
Consider a paragraph in Article 32 of The Covenant:
“The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) calls on Arab and Islamic nations to take up the line of serious and persevering action to prevent the success of this horrendous plan [to remove Arab states from the struggle against Zionism], to warn the people of the danger emanating from leaving the circle of struggle against Zionism. Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overlook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.”
This is a wild venture in fiction, but the most egregious lie in the Covenant is the reliance on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. That is one of the most totally disproved fraud in history, and has been totally discredited. It’s just another example of Hamas’ willingness to lie and hallucinate to complete its false narrative.
• A Note On One Of The Multiple Contradictions Of The Covenant: Hamas asserts that under the wing of Allah all religions can coexist in security and safety but yet it wants to kill and obliterate Jews. Consider the language of Article Six:
“The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is a distinguished Palestinian movement, whose allegiance is to Allah and whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine, for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are concerned. In the absence of Islam, strife will be rife, oppression spreads, evil prevails and schisms and wars will break out.”
In other words, the only hope is for all to be under Islam and then all religions will be assured of coexistence, security and safety — unless Hamas decides you better be slaughtered.
Implications Of Hamas Document
The Hamas founding documents raises a vast array of questions, but let me note a few of the more obvious ones:
1. Can there be any hope for peace and stability in the Middle East with Hamas in control of the government of Gaza?
2. What is the point of pressuring Israel to negotiate a peace treaty with Hamas?
3. What are the implications of the Hamas claim to Muslim control over lands ever subject to Islamic conquest, such as Spain and parts of Italy and India?
4. What are the implications of Hamas’s view of peace for those who advocate strong measures to get a peace settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict?
5. What kind of threat does Hamas pose to all those it sees as part of the Zionist conspiracy such as the Rotary Clubs, Lions, Freemasons and others.
6. Perhaps most importantly, can we expect sound judgments and policies from those who do not even bother to understand what Hamas stands for?
7. Is the Hamas Covenant the Mein Kampf of that movement? The Covenant refers to its “struggle” against the Jews and the literal translation of Mein Kampf is “my struggle.” Are those two struggles with similar ob
8. In the face of Hamas’ clearly stated goals, how can the U.N., most nations of Europe, and the mainstream media be so supportive of an organization and a government body that advocates murder, terrorism, and genocide?
This all leads back to a central theme of this column. If we continue to rely on the mainstream media for news and information, if we continue to let the U.N. almost automatically side with the forces of terrorism and genocide, if we continue to elect politicians who lack moral clarity on such black-and-white issues, we are in trouble. Our system will work but only if our citizens work at their duties as citizens.
Herb Denenberg is a former Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner, and professor at the Wharton School. He is a longtime Philadelphia journalist and consumer advocate. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of the Sciences. His column appears daily in The Bulletin. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.