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August 14, 2014 1:50 pm

Supporting Hamas is Anti-Semitic

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Criticizing specific Israeli policies is certainly not anti-Semitic. Indeed many Israelis are critical of some of their nation’s policies. But support for Hamas is anti-Semitic, because Hamas’ policies and actions are based, at their core, on Jew-hatred. Yet many prominent individuals, some out of ignorance, many more with full knowledge of what they are doing, are overtly supporting Hamas. Some have even praised it. Others, like Italy’s most famous philosopher, Gianni Vattimo, are trying to raise money and provide material support to this anti-Semitic terrorist organization. Still others refuse to condemn it, while condemning Israel in the strongest terms.

Here is some of what the Hamas Charter, which remains its governing principles, says about Jews:

The enemies have been scheming for a long time. [Their] wealth [permitted them to] take over control of the world media such as news agencies, the press, publication houses, broadcasting and the like. [They also used this] wealth to stir revolutions in various parts of the globe…They stood behind the French and the Communist Revolutions…They also used the money to establish clandestine organizations which are spreading around the world, in order to destroy societies and carry out Zionist interests. Such organizations are: the Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, B’nai B’rith and the like. All of them are destructive spying organizations…[T]hey stood behind World War I, so as to wipe out the Islamic Caliphate…They obtained the Balfour Declaration and established the League of Nations in order to rule the world by means of that organization. They also stood behind World War II…. They inspired the establishment of the United Nations and the Security Council to replace the League of Nations, in order to rule the world by their intermediary. There was no war that broke out anywhere without their fingerprints on it: “…

Most of these references to “the enemies” precede the establishment of Israel. The charter plainly means “the Jews” and it invokes the usual tropes of anti-Semitism and Jew hatred. Indeed, it expressly calls for the murder of Jews, citing Islamic sources for its genocidal goal:

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Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!

This should not be surprising news. Hamas is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is an outgrowth of the German Nazi Party. The brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, a close ally of Adolph Hitler. It worked hand in hand with Hitler during World War II, establishing the Muslim Waffen-SS Handschar division, which committed war crimes against Jewish communities. It then helped to rescue Nazi war criminals following the defeat of Nazism and the disclosure of the Holocaust.

Nor is the charter and the origin of Hamas merely past history. Current Hamas leaders frequently invoke the “blood libel,” accusing “the Jews” of killing Christian children and using their blood for the baking of Matzo. They regard Jewish places of worship and Jewish schools, anywhere in the world, as appropriate targets for their terrorist attacks.

Some of those who support Hamas, such as Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, claim that they support its political goals, but not its anti-Semitic policies. (We must recognize “its legitimacy as a political actor.”)  Others, such as the Turkish foreign minister and the leaders of Qatar, support its military goals. (We support the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas “because it embraces the Palestinian cause and struggles for its people.”)  These distinctions hold no water, since Hamas’ anti-Jewish policies are central to its political and military actions. Some supporters of Hitler made the same argument, claiming that the Nazi Party and its leaders espoused good economic, educational and political policies. No reasonable person today accepts that excuse, and no reasonable person should accept the excuses offered by supporters of Hamas who claim to be able to slice the bologna so thin.

The same is true for those who argue that Hamas is preferable to ISIS or other Jihadist groups that might replace it. A similar argument was made by fascists who claimed that their parties were preferable to the Communists. The reality is that Hamas is an anti-Semitic organization, based on a Jew-hating philosophy, with the goal of destroying the nation state of the Jewish people and killing its Jewish inhabitants. It is evil personified. There is no excuse or justification for supporting Hamas, and anyone who does is supporting anti-Semitism.

Some Hamas supporters—such as those who chant “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas”—proudly acknowledge this reality. Others, such as Cornell West, who according to the American Spectator “headlined a high profile pro-Hamas demonstration,” deny it. But all are complicit, even if they are themselves Jewish or have Jewish friends. Supporting an organization that at its core is anti-Jewish and whose charter calls for the killing of all Jews is anti-Semitic in effect if not in intent. And those politicians, academics, entertainers and others who support Hamas—and there are many—must be called out and condemned, as Roger Waters of Pink Floyd has been. So must those, like Navi Pillay, the head of the United Nation’s Human Right Council, who see a moral equivalence between this anti-Semitic terrorist group and the democratic nation state of the Jewish people. She demanded that Israel share its Iron Dome system with Hamas, without condemning Hamas for using Palestinian civilians as its own Iron Dome.

Among the worst offenders is Bishop Desmond Tutu, who has a long history of anti-Semitism. He, like Carter, has urged recognition of Hamas, whose leaders he compares to Nelson Mandela. Among Tutu’s alleged “Mandela’s” with whom he has collaborated is Ahmad Abu Halabiya who has said the following:

“Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them . . . and those Americans who are like them, and those who stand by them.”

I’m quite certain the real Nelson Mandela never made any comparable statement. Yet Bishop Tutu, who refused to sit on the same stage as Tony Blair, has worked hand in hand with murderous Hamas leaders such as Halabiya.

Jimmy Carter argues that Hamas is a “political force” that has received widespread support among Palestinians. So was the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s in much of the South. Would Carter have accorded legitimacy to the KKK?

It may be necessary to negotiate—directly or through intermediaries—with Hamas, just as one “negotiates” with kidnappers, hostage takers or extortionists. But to “recognize” their “legitimacy” as Jimmy Carter and Bishop Tutu would do is to recognize the legitimacy of anti-Semitism. Carter, Tutu and other Hamas cheerleaders may be willing to do that, but no reasonable person who hates bigotry should legitimate Hamas’ anti-Semitism or its express goal of destroying Israel and killing its Jewish inhabitants.

Alan M. Dershowitz’s latest book is Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law.

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  • Martial

    Another item is that recent expression from their spokesman, Mr. Hamdan,

    “The Israelis concentrate on killing children. I believe that this is engraved in the historical Zionist and Jewish mentality, which has become addicted to the killing of women and children,” claimed Hamdan.

    “We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos. This is not a figment of imagination or something taken from a film. It is a fact, acknowledged by their own books and by historical evidence. It happened everywhere, here and there,” he added.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183541#.U-5rf2ORPKc

    Mr. Hamdan was provisioned the opportunity to clarify matters by Mr. Blitzer; he avoided the question & instead declared that the “real” Nazi’s were Isreali. Somehow, given that the Nazi’s did not say the blood libel was occurring in Germany at the time, that hardly seems to be a valid response.

  • June Grant

    The rabid screeching of “Hamas, Hamas Jews to the gas” is affirmation enough of antisemitism

    • sigal

      It is interesting how they forget the jews that brought medical research, vaccinations, noble prize laureates, who worked towards equal right to all , einstein, etc etc.
      It is interesting that jews make matzas from blood but the kosher laws like the Muslem law are strict on blood spilling..it is interesting how a religion similar to Islam in some ways have been demonized but it is clearly politically motivated and about controlling even this tiny land and leave no one else anything

  • `Bob J

    One problem with getting people to regard Hamas as anti-Semitic is Hamas’ Palestinian connection. The elevated status that Palestinians have achieved in their years of demonizing Israel with propaganda, (which stupidly is almost never rebutted), under the excuse of “peace”, rubs off on Palestinian Hamas and legitimizes them. Thus most mainstream media elevate Hamas, and give them moral equivalency with Israel, by calling them militants rather than terrorists, as they are classified for good reason by the US State department, EU, Canada, etc. Israel haters , such as Carter and Tutu, also use the Palestinian goodwill to justify their attacks on Israel.

  • `Bob J

    One problem with getting people to regard Hamas as anti-Semitic is their Palestinian connection. The elevated status that Palestinians have achieved in their years of demonizing Israel with propaganda, which stupidly is almost never rebutted, under the excuse of “peace”, rubs off on Hamas and legitimizes them. Thus most mainstream media elevate Hamas, and give them moral equivalency with Israel, by calling them militants rather than terrorists, as they are classified for good reason by the US State department, EU, Canada, etc. Israel haters , such as Carter and Tutu, also use this goodwill to justify their attacks on Israel.

  • Julian Clovelley

    This article begins brilliantly but I am concerned about what the writer extrapolates after the sentence “There is no excuse or justification for supporting Hamas, and anyone who does is supporting anti-Semitism.”

    The concern is that the writer moves from the general principle to the personally particular, attacking specific individuals. I do not feel the writer has really justified these personal attacks

    In the case of Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop is quoted as saying is quoted as saying “if you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – On the Palestinian issue he has written:

    “I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children made to wait hours at Israeli military checkpoints routinely when trying to make the most basic of trips to visit relatives or attend school or college, and this humiliation is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and regularly insulted by the security forces of the Apartheid government.”

    With such identification it would be hard for him not to speak out – or to refuse to speak with those on what Israel views as the other side. Peace will eventuate when both sides separately amend their behaviour, including ending the occupation. This is not a game of bargaining chips but of moral behaviour. The suggestion that Carter and Tuta “recognise the legitimacy of antisemitism” and are Hamas cheerleaders is frankly an insulting and false suggestion in an otherwise mostly indisputable article.

    Why spoil an excellent summary with Zionist propaganda? Why does the writer so obviously change track at the point I mention when he began so correctly with “Criticizing specific Israeli policies is certainly not anti-Semitic. Indeed many Israelis are critical of some of their nation’s policies. But support for Hamas is anti-Semitic, because Hamas’ policies and actions are based, at their core, on Jew-hatred.”

    It seems to me that the Carters and Tutus of this world have far more chance of changing that stance than the writer has with his attacks on them. I’d like him to think again about what he says here

    • Peter

      Julian Clovelley either doesn’t understand the point Dershowitz is making, is unaware of the critical differences between Israel’s security measures and the apartheid system in South Africa, or is himself possessed of pro-Hamas, and thus anti-Semitic attitudes.

      No serious treatment of the Arab-Israeli conflict can ignore the core element: That Muslims don’t believe non-Muslims have the right to rule themselves, anywhere, not in Israel, not in Europe, not in America. Israel is simply the closest and at one time thought to be easiest target. This reality should be clear to anyone who has followed developments from the Islamic State to Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood’s Pres. Morsi, to Boko Haram in Nigeria to, well, just about anywhere Muslims are attacking non-Muslims.

      This is so different from what happened in South Africa that anyone who makes this analogy must be either ignorant or a liar.

      Peace will not come to the region, never mind the world, until Muslims accept that non-Muslims have God-given rights.

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