Hamas official’s Guardian op-ed includes lie that the group is NOT antisemitic

No, an op-ed published in the Guardian on Nov. 14th (Judge Hamas by the measures it takes for its people) was not the first time a Hamas member was granted a forum by the media group.  


Guardian, Nov. 14th


Over the past couple of years the Guardian has published commentaries by the deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau, Musa Abumarzuq, Hamas’s ‘Prime Minister’ Ismail Haniyeh, their head of international relations Osama Hamdan, and advisor Azzam Tamimi.

However, what stands out in the piece by Ahmed Yousef (senior political adviser to Ismail Haniyeh), which attempts to rebrand the Islamist terror group as a benign democratic political movement, is a claim in the following passage, which follows a risible defense of their (evidently misunderstood) racist charter.

Were pundits to truly scrutinise Hamas’s actions since its inception, they would find not a single official statement or position that is based on denigrating another faith, certainly neither Judaism nor Christianity. Nor can anyone produce a shred of evidence that Hamas formally encourages prejudice against anyone’s ethnicity.

Though we know by reading public opinion polls that Palestinian society is nearly universally compromised by the acceptance of anti-Jewish bigotry, you don’t need to even burden yourself with fisking the methodologies of such empirical analyses, or to even read the group’s antisemitic founding charter, to familiarize yourself with Hamas’s ‘official’ embrace of the most racist narratives about the alleged danger posed by international Jewry.

Indeed, antisemitism can accurately be characterized as “a major pillar in the ideology of Hamas”, and Hamas’s state-run media consistently ‘explains’ to Palestinians the evil character of Jews – not merely Israelis or Zionists, but “Jews”.

Whilst there are countless examples of ‘official’ statements “denigrating” Jews (documented by sites such as Palestinian Media Watch and MEMRI), here are just a few videos and quotes:


Top Hamas Official Osama Hamdan: Jews use blood in their Passover Matzos

Hamas top leader Mahmoud Al Zahhar: Jews are “blood suckers” and “wild beasts” who deserve to be annihilated.


Sermon delivered by ‘Atallah Abu Al-Subh, former Hamas minister of culture, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV, April 8, 2011, translation by MEMRI

The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the Earth, because they have displayed hostility to Allah.

Dr. Yussuf Al-Sharafi, Hamas representative, April 12, 2007; as reported by Palestinian Media Watch, April 23, 2007

…the Jewish faith does not wish for peace nor stability, since it is a faith that is based on murder: ‘I kill, therefore I am’… Israel is based only on blood and murder in order to exist, and it will disappear, with Allah’s will, through blood and Shahids [martyrs].

Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bahar, acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, April 20, 2007; as reported by Palestinian Media Watch, April 23, 2007

This is Islam, that was ahead of its time with regards to human rights in the treatment of prisoners, but our nation was tested by the cancerous lump, that is the Jews, in the heart of the Arab nation…

Official Hamas Media:

Children’s Program on Hamas TV (Al-Aqsa TV, April 6-13, 2007), featuring Farfur – a copy of Mickey Mouse – entertains children while advocating the murder of Jews.

Host Saraa, a young girl: “Sanabel, what will you do for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque? How will you sacrifice your soul for the sake of Al-Aqsa? What will you do?”

Sanabel (a young Palestinian girl on the phone): “I will shoot.”

Farfur, a Mickey Mouse character in a tuxedo: “Sanabel, what should we do if we want to liberate…”

Sanable: “We want to fight.”

Farfur: “We got that. What else?”

Saraa: “We want to…”

Sanabel: “We will annihilate the Jews.”

Saraa: “We are defending Al-Aqsa with our souls and our blood, aren’t we, Sanabel?”

Sanabel: “I will commit martyrdom.”…

Despite our frequent criticism of UK media outlets, this blog rarely accuses commentators and media outlets of engaging in outright ‘lies’.  

However, it speaks volumes that Guardian editors chose to publish the claim that Hamas is NOT antisemitic – an inversion of reality so complete that it could only be expressed (or accepted as reasonable) by those immune from the cognitive dissonance normally affecting those who possess any measure of honesty or integrity.

38 replies »

  1. Clearly, it’s a mistranslation. Their charter talks about LOVING Jews. Perhaps LOVE and KILL are similar in Arabic, hence the confusion.

  2. LA Times printed a Hezbollah editorial during the 2006 Lebanon war and a Hamas editorial the weekend after the Fogel family was massacred. As you can tell, the LA Times is a just as much as shithole as the Guardian.

  3. This article -and the Guardian editors in charge of CiF- got well and truly panned by the majority of below-line-posters. Will the Guardian learn the lesson that even on CiF, articles which insult the intelligence of the readers, will get a drubbing? I’m taking no bets.

  4. The fact that the Guardian would publish such tripe is no surprise. However, it is refreshingly surprising to see some of the comments on their blog which quite clearly blame Hamas.

  5. Interesting article. Not sure who you can claim it speaks for though, nor how or why it undermines international law.

    Tell us though: how many Israeli Rabbis call for the extermination of the Palestinians? How many authorise the killing of any ‘gentile’ to protect the homeland? How many advocate the use of rape as a weapon of war?

    Sound like the sort of place you want to live?

    • Of course Tamara you are right. Killing jews is not against international law, and denying Hamas as a genocidal group of terrorists by applying false moral equivalence is perfectly OK. Keep it up. Well done! Hamas is proud of you.

    • You seem very well-informed, if a little biased. Why don’t you tell us?

      Also why not explain how such rabbis are in the minority?

      What’s that? You don’t know?

    • Tamara: “Tell us though: how many Israeli Rabbis…..”

      I take it this is a rhetorical question. After all, you’ve appointed yourself the resident ‘Jew’ expert around here. You probably impress your friends at dinner parties that you even know a few words of ‘their’ language – Adolph Eichmann stylee.

      By the way – anti-Semitism is endemic and ingrained in Arab society generally, in Hamas’s ideology specifically, and in your ivory tower and chosen shit-rag daily newspaper. Your effort at turning the victims of eliminationist anti-Semitism into the perpetrators of racist bigotry and hatred is a liberal-minded cheap shot by someone who cannot accept reality.

    • None, none and none. Though I’ve come across multiple claims of the above, none of them proved to be true – they were simply “gotcha” sound bites taken out of context. For example, Kedar’s statement about rape was bracketed with a statement that this was not something that Israel or the IDF could do, not even as threat. Yet the Hamas charter is even worse than these claims in its call for genocide against Jews.

      Sounds like your head is the kind of place that no-one would want to live in.

  6. “how many Israeli Rabbis call for the extermination of the Palestinians? How many authorise the killing of any ‘gentile’ to protect the homeland? How many advocate the use of rape as a weapon of war?”

    Any rabbi who were to do that would be condemned within Israel. There’s simply no comparison.

    • @cba: fantastic to best you say that. So I’ll print the quotes and the name of the Rabbis/politicians here, and you can find the public condemnations from Israeli press/media/politicians!

      This will be informative: Israel is not the place you purport it to be, verging on the racist sadly.

      • And I’ll while you’re all at it, why not tell us a little more about the views of Yitzhak Grinboym, eh?

        • Dear ‘Tamara’ even by your pathetic standards these posts of yours are gems;

          “fantastic to best you say that” and even better; “And I’ll while you’re all at it,”

          I bet even the other retards laugh at and pity you ‘Tamara’ when you post such meaningless gibberish.

          • Lol pedant much?

            Orthographical errors aside, for which anyone over the age of 6 is uninterested in, you intentionally ignore the point: Israeli rabbis call for the extermination of Palestinians, all of them.

            How to you answer this call to genocide? Fit well with the image of a democracy?

            • I’m interested in your orthographical errors. My diagnosis is that you’re quite emotional while typing.
              Your claim about all Israeli rabbis is simply unhinged. The typing and the content go together. You need meds and counseling, and showing up here is not therapeutic for you, no matter what you might think.

              • Don’t wet yourself with excitement: emotion and an over-zealous autocorrect clearly confuse.

                More importantly, you’ve worked yourself into a cul-de-sac here: Israeli rabbis do suggest that Palestinians should be exterminated.

                Is that something you support? Is that something you condemn?
                And more importantly, how do you explain how Israeli society has descended to this level?

            • Tamara, vilifier of the Holocaust memory aka Kelvin Holocaustdenier fiercely defends the Antisemitism of Hamas.

        • Regardless of those views, even a twisted soul like you would have to admit that they are in the minority and that their views are castigated outside the narrow communities which house them.

          Strange you don’t make that clear.

          Or is it?

      • You of course don’t comment on the quotes and video film footage of these maniacs do you Tamara? Is it because you essentially agree with it/ Are you only outraged only when a Jew does something wrong, that no matter how maniacal Hamas is, it’s OK?

        Because that is the kind of bastard you are.

    • I count 4 times in separate posts on this thread that Tamara said that Israeli Rabbis have called for the extermination of the Palestinians. Even one where she promised to give us links.

      And yet we still await those links.

      Having trouble Tamara?

  7. It’s good that most of the comments btl onj Cif have noted the unintended parody in the claim that Hamas is not antisemitic, but the fact remains that the Grauniad published the article uncritically, and to date (some 4 1/2 days after the article was published) have left it unaltered and unadulterated on their site.

    Most people who find this page will read the article without reading the comments. They will (unless of course they have even a modicum of knowledge about Hamas) take Yousef at his word, because surely a widely-read national paper would not allow outright lies to be published in its pages?