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Hamas’s Karma


Karma Nabulsi has a lively imagination.

While this imagination is most haunted by a crude, ugly caricature of Israelis – who she has literally accused (in a CiF entry from 2006) of blowing Palestinian schoolchildren to bits while they play – it is also informed by a romanticized and sanitized vision of Palestinian “resistance“.

Nabulsi believes that current Palestinian divisions are “not political” but, merely, “geographic”.

Indeed, Karma Nabulsis latest plea for Palestinian elections seeks to include not only the several million living in Gaza and the West Bank, but the millions more living elsewhere in the Arab world. (The single demand that can unite the Palestinian people, CiF, March 29).

If this is indeed the case,  if the estimated 9 million Palestinians (included in Nabulsi’s expansive definition of this “community”), are an ideologically homogeneous bunch, then recent history would suggest that the likely results of such an election would likely move this greater Palestinian Moshav in a decidedly more illiberal direction – a scenario which is unlikely to trouble the former PLO representative and Oxford academic.

Of course, the reactionary forces which have previously served to sooth the Palestinian political soul is the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

In the January 25, 2006, not long after Israel withdrew every last remaining Jew from Gaza, Palestinians held parliamentary elections and, in a fair and free election which garnered a 77.7% voter turnout, a plurality of Palestinians voted for Hamas, the Iranian backed terrorist group dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

After a brief period of a Hamas-Fatah unity government, Hamas, between June 7 -15 2007, launched a bloody purge of Fatah officials, killing scores of political opponents, and which resulted in Hamas’ complete control of Gaza.

Since 1989 Hamas has carried out over 100 terrorist attacks, killing over 500, and has launched over 12,000 rockets and mortars into Israel since 2001.

The Hamas Charter includes:

  • Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
  • “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. “
  • “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.”
  • “After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, 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.”

One of the most ominous aspects of the Charter however, is this Hadith:

Moreover, if the links have been distant from each other and if obstacles, placed by those who are the lackeys of Zionism in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle, the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.”

The implication is that Allah promised that the Jews will be murdered, and Hamas “aspires to the realisation of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take.”

While anyone with a grasp of the history of anti-Semitism shouldn’t be surprised by the continued existence of movements who hate Jews and openly seek their destruction, the tendency of supposed progressive voices to legitimize, excuse and sanitize such naked malice towards such a historically persecuted religious minority is a more recent and uniquely dangerous political dynamic – one which this blog is dedicated to exposing.

Karma Nabulsi, much like the publication which grants her license, seems to possess an insatiable desire to glorify even the most explicitly reactionary and malicious Palestinian liberation movements and, in so doing, provides Hamas with their only source of true strength – soft power not deriving from their military might, or even the zealotry of the group’s adherents, but rather the moral legitimacy provided to them by a Western world increasingly rendered mute in the face of pure political malevolence.

This profound moral abdication is the gift to Hamas which the likes of Karma Nabulsi will likely continue to exploit.

13 replies »

  1. “Nabulsi believes that current Palestinian divisions are “not political” but, merely, “geographic”.”

    I can well imagine that is the case for her, given the very blurred boundaries between fantasy and reality with which beset minds such as hers.

    I note that she carefully avoids mention in her article at the other place that Abbas has been advised not to make nice with Hamas in Gaza itself because they cannot guarantee his safety. This is going to be a very strange sort of Palestinian “unity” isn’t it?

    I hope Nabulsi won’t hold her breath until her dreams come true (or perhaps it’d be better for all concerned if she did….)

  2. If you already have a head start with promoting to status of “nation” a group of people with no unique history, language, culture, religion or racial characteristics–nothing to make them a nation, in short–then calling the often bloody Hamas-Fatah (a pox on both houses!) disputes “merely geographic” is peanuts.

    The Arab world is easily given to fantasies, even the educated among them. Nawal Saadawi, that shining light of Arab secularism, intellectualism and feminism, has asserted the custom of female genital mutilation, rampant in her own Egypt, to be something the Arabs learned from the Jews, and the Jews, from the Torah. There is no mention of FGM anywhere in the Jewish canon, and in fact Jewish girls in Egypt have always been the only ones not afflicted by this custom. But “The Jews say Ezrah is the son of God,” “Female genital mutilation is of Jewish origin” and “Palestinian Arabs have been in Palestine from time immemorial” are all just sides of the same twilight zone inhabited by the Arabs and Muslims.

    We really should negotiate with them (sarcasm).

  3. Jcwmoderator,

    A minor correction, you might even call it hair-splitting, but I just have to set things straight, since it concerns me personally🙂

    ziontruth refers to:
    The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is the saying from their mouth; (In this) they are intimate; what the Unbelievers of the old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the truth. [Qur’an 9:30]

    What you are referring to (“Regarding that quote from the Kuran about the trees and stones”) is not from the Koran, it is from the hadith (i.e. Muhammad’s sayings and deeds).

    As it is in your link:

    “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim).

    [ Sahih Muslim, 41:6985, see also Sahih Muslim, 41:6981, Sahih Muslim, 41:6982, Sahih Muslim, 41:6983, Sahih Muslim, 41:6984, Sahih al-Bukhari, 4:56:791,(Sahih al-Bukhari, 4:52:177) ]

    Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim are hadith collections, second in importance after the Koran for Islam.

    Again, sorry for the hairsplitting, but I just had to clarify this personal matter… :)))

  4. al-gharqad,
    Jews care about WHAT Islam writes about Jews – not WHERE it is written.

    And given your Arabic-sounding name and your claim to ‘personal’ involvement, I noticed that you did not see fit to disassociate yourself with the text’s incitements.

  5. jcwmoderator,

    Take it easy.

    My personal involvement is that I use the moniker al-gharqad, and that’s it.

    Al-Gharqad as in ” The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews…”

    What nationality I am is TOTALLY irrelevant.
    As for what I disassociate myself from, you can read about it on this link:
    http://cifwatch.com/2010/09/03/the-worlds-leading-liberal-voice-and-mr-whitakers-blood-pressure/

    In other words:

    Get a sense of humour!

  6. al-gharqad,
    explanation accepted – but you asked for it.

    There is nothing funny about Hamas or Islamic incitement against Jews.

  7. Of course there isn’t. Still, since official Israeli hasbara isn’t doing it’s job well enough (and that’s an understatement), humor is sometimes the best way to fight MSM bias, extremism and hypocrisy. Two of my favorites:

    The second one even made it to Wikipedia, since 3 million people watched it in the first week it was released, and maybe, just maybe had second thoughts about the “peaceful” activist aboard the Mavi Marmara:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Con_the_World

    Sometimes the best way to fight extremism, bias and hypocrisy is by poking fun at them.

  8. al-gharqad, you are right of course. Islamism and its fellow travellers are distinguished by their pronounced lack of any sort of sense of humour; impossible for them because to have a sense of humour requires you to see yourself as others see you and to be able to take risks of making a fool of yourself.

    Can anyone think of an Arab/Muslim leader who is or was a WILLING clown?

    To laugh at such people threatens their very fragile sense of self and I am all for that.