Sunday, January 29, 2006

Hamas, Islamic Resistance Movement

Hamas is officially called the Islamic Resistance Movement. In Arabic it is Harakat al-Muqawima al-Islamiyya, the acronym makes 'Hamas'. Hamas' stated aim is for Israel's destruction, to push Israel into the sea. Originally Hamas was an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood; this offshoot was Hizb ut Tahrir and formed in the West Bank. The Muslim Brotherhood is the first Islamic terrorist group to organize in the 20th century. Later the Muslim Brotherhood merged with al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden's terrorist organization that wants to impose Islam on the world by first destroying the United States. It has a social wing that was originally independent of Hamas. They built hospitals and schools, but this was largely funded by Israel to help modernize the Palestinian Muslims; an attempt at civilizing Muslims. This was later abandoned as this social organization eventually merged with Hamas. The name Hamas formally came into use in 1988 with a charter calling for the destruction of Israel. Some random quotes from its charter is as follows: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." "The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until judgment 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." Currently Hamas has won the Palestinian Authorities (PA) parliamentary elections. Hamas, now representing the PA government, is open conflict with the official PA statement of recognizing Israel's right to exist. The United States wants Hamas to renounce their charter before the PA can begin negotiations of a peace settlement and receive aid. Suprisingly the European Union found its spine and is demanding the same of Hamas. What makes this worse is that Iran supports Hamas through funding and training. We all know that Iran wants to "wipe Israel off the map". Plus with Iran's ambitions of attaining nuclear technology this is looking like a prelude to a clash of civilizations. For a history of Hamas click here. For general facts of Hamas click here. For a quick review of the founder of the Palestinian Authorities leader Yasir Arafat and his ties to the Nazi's and the wanting of death for all Jews click here.


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