He was wrong about Hamas and admits it

This is cross posted by David Keyes at Israel HaYom

I was wrong about Hamas and I admit it.

For years, I have consistently said that Hamas is a radical terrorist organization that must never be negotiated with. After much reflection, I now realize that Hamas has moderated its positions and can be an ally in peace.

Consider the dramatic changes in rhetoric by Hamas leaders. Back when he was a extremist in 2007, Hamas parliamentary Deputy Speaker Ahmad Bahr said that Jews were “apes and pigs” and should all be killed. “O Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters,” he cried out. “O Allah, vanquish the Americans and their supporters. O Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one.”

But weeks ago, Bahr moderated his position and now calls Jews the “siblings of monkeys and pigs.” He hasn’t called for genocide against Jews in months and now simply urges his brethren to “sweep them out of our land.” From genocide to ethnic cleansing in just four years? Imagine what 2012 might hold! Perhaps calling merely for the enslavement of Jews? Indeed, anything is possible if we remain hopeful.

Back in 2008 when Hamas parliamentarian Yunis al Astal was an extremist, he called for the conquering of America and Europe. In a moment of youthful indiscretion — and who hasn’t had a few of those? — he termed Jews the “brothers of apes and pigs.”

Today he has changed his tune almost entirely. In May, on Al Aqsa TV, he said, “All the predators, all the birds of prey, all the dangerous reptiles and insects, and all the lethal bacteria are far less dangerous than the Jews.” Jews, he added, have been brought to Palestine so that Muslims “will have the honor of annihilating the evil of this gang.” Notice how he entirely dropped the global conquest rhetoric? Today he speaks modestly and moderately of slaughtering Jews only. 

In 2008, Hamas parliamentarian Fathi Hammad berated the Arab world for allowing 300 million people to be subjugated by a few million Israelis — the “brothers of apes and pigs” in Hammad’s then radical words.

Fast-forward to today and Hammad, as interior minister, has had to deal with the realities of governing Gaza. His rhetoric has seen a commensurate shift toward moderation. “The Jews have become abhorred and loathed outcasts, because they live off corruption and the plundering of the peoples — not only the Arab and Islamic peoples, but all the peoples of the world,” he said last December on Al Aqsa TV. Who can doubt that “abhorred and loathed outcasts” is a step forward from “brothers of apes and pigs”?

When Hamas Culture Minister Atallah Abu al-Subh was a radical back in 2008, he spoke of the “evil of the Jews, their deceit, their cunning, their war-mongering, their control of the world, and their contempt and scorn for all the peoples of the world …” Today, Subh, too, has moderated his message. “The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the Earth,” he said in April on Al Aqsa TV. “Allah will kill the Jews in the hell of the world to come …”

If Hamas keeps up this dramatic transformation, one can imagine a world in the not too distant future in which Jews are no longer hatefully called “apes and pigs” but rather moderately called “second cousins once-removed of apes and pigs.”

David Keyes is the executive director of Advancing Human Rights and co-founder of CyberDissidents.org. He can be reached at david.keyes@advancinghumanrights.org

21 replies »

  1. Pigs?! Apes?! What about dogs? Hamas have definitely moderated their language. No mention of dogs. More proof of progress.

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will…
    Oink oink woof woof..

  2. Hamas wants to eradicate all Jews from Israel. So, in the name of peace, how many do the liberal lefties think that should Israel settle on?

  3. Is this the same Fathi Hammad who is on record as staying that in Gaza, women, the elderly and children make the best human shields?

    Hasn’t said that since Cast Lead either…. Hmmm……

    (Thinks: Might this be where silly dubitante gets his misinformation from? That’d explain a lot).

    Whoever said that envy is the ulcer of the soul must’ve been thinking of this lot.

  4. Derek Pasquill

    Braoness Warsi had many of her ilk (i.e. media savvy, articulate and props for politicians and academia as the face of acceptable islam) perform a very good trick as distractors.

    I always imagine them as those magicians’ assistance who distract the audiance’s attention while the magician (islam in this case) is busy playing mischief with his hands.

  5. Under the benevolent influence of radical Islam Hamas have classified the Jews as having moved fast up the animal hierachy to the rank of the sons of pigs and monkeys.

    Why It was only in the 1920’s and 1930’s that the cultured Germans and their central European allies had then designated the Jew as just a lowly plague carrying rat seeming only fit for extermination.

    You see how merciful is Islam.Central Europe attempted the extermination of the Jew with undue haste whilst Radical Islam has the virtue of patience and will leave the final extermination until the End of Days.

  6. If the sons of pigs, apes, dogs can defeat Islamofascists, that must mean the Islamofascists are termites, ants, flys.

  7. From monkeys and pigs to siblings of monkeys and pigs.

    Does this man believe in … evolution???

    But that’s in direct contradiction to the Koran.

    Off with his head!

    • Be careful what you wish for him, Geary… People have been beheaded by these charmless ones for much, much less.