The Guardian’s Phoebe Greenwood promotes the new kinder, gentler, peaceful Hamas

The following Guardian headline, in a story written by Phoebe Greenwood, truly could have been written by the Hamas minister of propaganda.

Evidently, Greenwood – the Guardian Israel correspondent who makes us long for the days of Harriet Sherwood – wasn’t being in the least facetious.

She begins, reporting from Gaza City:

Hamas has confirmed that it will shift tactics away from violent attacks on Israel as part of a rapprochement with the Palestinian Authority.

A spokesman for the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniya, told the Guardian that the Islamic party, which has controlled Gaza for the past five years, was shifting its emphasis from armed struggle to non-violent resistance.

Greenwood admits, however, there is one caveat to the new Gandhi-style peaceful resistance of the group whose founding charter cites the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to “prove” that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world.

Violence is no longer the primary option but if Israel pushes us, we reserve the right to defend ourselves with force,”

Oh, I see.

Please, Ms. Greenwood, help contextualize this for us. What contemporary Islamic resistance movement is the Hamas leadership emulating?

The announcement on Sunday does not qualify as a full repudiation of violence, but marks a step away from violent extremism by the Hamas leadership towards the more progressive Islamism espoused by groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo

The “progressive Islamism” of the Muslim Brotherhood?  She must be referring to the group whose spiritual advisor praised Adolf  Hitler’s genocide and literally called for the murder of every last Jew on earth.

But, wait. It gets better. 


In a further concession to international legitimacy, the Hamas leadership confirmed on Sunday that it could entertain discussions regarding a peace agreement with Israel if the Quartet of peace broking powers agree to modify its preconditions. Hamas will accept the foundation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders but stands firm in its refusal to acknowledge the state of Israel.

The new Hamas: Peace, yes. Israel’s existence, no.  

Then, Greenwood, in one last unintentionally comical rhetorical flourish, writes:

This softened tone on the international stage is not yet evident in Haniya’s domestic rhetoric. Speaking at a rally in Kateeba Square, Gaza City, to mark the 24th anniversary of the foundation of the movement last week, the prime minister vowed to continue the “resistance”.

“The resistance and the armed struggle are the way and the strategic choice for liberating Palestinian land from the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) sea,” he said.

Alas, it seems that Hamas’s website similarly doesn’t reflect the new, gentler more sensitive Islamist group.

And, then there’s this communique:


I’m being unfair to the Guardian, you say? 

Well, let’s go back in time to a Guardian report from October 9, 2010:

Fast forward to the website of the New Hamas:

Hamas propaganda photo courtesy of the Guardian.

Hamas peace offensive propaganda communique courtesy of the Guardian’s Phoebe Greenwood. 

Any questions?

5 replies »

  1. Adam, it seems that this Phoebe is an over-credulous type. She’s like Alice in Wonderland who said that sometimes she ”believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

    Whatever people say, as long as they’re saying what she wants them to say, she believes it. So when the media say “Abbas recounted his meeting with Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal about a month ago“.she just snips off the time and retains the rest. Especially since something like once a week you get Haniye or one of the other Hamasniks on television brandishing a rifle making war-like declarations against Israel.

    I suppose she just omits to read those bits or turns off the television.

    • Margie, I continue to marvel at what most certainly seems to be the complicated cognitive tricks employed by the likes of Greenwood and her allies to believe even the most absurd propaganda. A psychiatric analyses of those who believe Hamas would, I think, produce very interesting results. Similar, I think, to the mental tricks which allowed those like Milne to believe Soviet propaganda during the Cold War.

    • But Derek; Phoebe the shikse is not quite as useful an idiot to East London Mosque-visiting Wahaabi cleric Sheik Saad Al-Beraik as the Rebbetsin Wittenberg, since he urges Muslims to “not have mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don’t you enslave their women?”

      • By the way; for readers who think the above is nothing but a tasteless snide comment, Duvidl urges them to remember the living memory of the SS-established slave brothels for Jewish women at the death camps prior to their being gassed.