All the below cites from the Hamas Charter as translated by Muhammad Maqdsi for the Islamic Assoc for Palestine, Dallas Texas 1990 so I didn’t get any of it from some pro-Israel site. I do fear that many of the Irish are getting their info from pro-Palestinian sites and not even making the least attempt to look at both sides. And there are always 2 sides to any conflict or else there would be no conflicts (s).
In the preamble of the Hamas Charter: ‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.’
Here from article 7: ‘The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.’
Article 13 of the charter states: [Peace] initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. I take this to mean there is no point in trying to establish peace between the warring factions. How do you see it?
Article 32 particularly condemns Egypt and places it outside the ‘circle of the struggle’. Leaving this circle is considered high treason and death to all that are placed outside the ‘struggle’.
More psychotic ramblings from the charter’s article 22:
They (Jews) stood behind the French Revolution, the Communist Revolution and most of the revolutions we hear about… With their money they formed secret organizations such as the Freemasons, Rotary Clubs and the Lions – which are spreading around the world, in order to destroy societies and carry out Zionist interests… They stood behind World War I, and formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains… There is no war going on anywhere without them having their finger in it.’
And this is from the folks that the Palestinians elected!
Twice Hamas has violated cease-fire agreements and launched rockets over 80 percent of the Israeli population. Lets say that 220 mill is 80% of US pop how do you think Americans would feel if 1000s of bombs were raining down on 220 million US citizens from, say, Mexico or Canada? My guess? We would be pretty damned pissed off and seek revenge! I believe Ireland would feel and do the same where this happening to 80% of its citizens. Might even resent those who tell them to try a more peaceful route. No?
I agree that this is a horrible tragedy that so many residents of Gaza have been killed, I truly do, but the savages that operate Hamas are using innocent people as human shields to protect their weapons while Israel uses its iron dome system to keep its people safe. Hamas uses its population to protect its rockets by hiding them among the population of Gaza. I mean, for crying out loud, they just found 20 – 30 rockets in a freaking school bus last week!
1/6 of 1% of land in the Middle East makes up the country of Israel. It is surrounded by approximately 300 million Muslims & Arabs in the surrounding countries of the Middle East & 5 ½ mill Jews in Israel (less than the number murdered by Germany during the Holocaust of which Hamas denies happened).
Sounds more like Short Strand to me and it is. I believe Israel is the only ME country with no oil (to speak of), what a pity for them.
Israel is the only Middle Eastern country that gives women full rights to dress, drive and walk out without a male relative. As a woman, I appreciate that right and wish it for all women on the planet. Alas fundamentalist Muslims will never have that so because to them women are property. STILL to this day!!! You really need to read Muslim thoughts on female circumcision which while predominantly in Africa, is on the rise around the world, even in the US!! Frightening!
Israel has built 166 clinics it has also built 6 universities & 20 community colleges between 1979 and 2006 just for Palestinians! Any chance Hamas has done anything similar? I’m thinking no.
Israel outlaws honour killing which Hamas supports along with almost every other ME country at some level or another, so some more than others.
Israel supports 15 different religions and gives those people the right to worship within the state of Israel. Most of the other Muslim countries throw non-Muslims in prison, some for life. Many are tortured. Have you not signed petitions for the release of these women and men that are not Muslims? I know I have. Do you recall bring our girls home? I do. All these girls wanted was a decent education and for that desire they were kidnapped and we still don’t know where they are, probably dead by this point, I would guess. Of course, that is just a guess.
Gotta wonder how many Christians, Hindus & Buddhists are free to worship in Iran, Palestine and other ME countries or Gaza, for that matter? I am personally not a religious person, but this is a question which must be addressed, wouldn’t you agree?
Hamas is a puppet of Iran and that is the real war here..between Iran and the US. If you don’t see that, I worry that you are being blinded by the excellent PR campaign being waged by Hamas and Iran.
Iran knows they cannot win in an all-out war against the US so, instead, they fight using a PR battle behind Hamas, by hiding their weapons in schools, on school buses, in and near homes, etc. so that when a bomb falls on say, a rocket launcher, they can drag out the bodies of the children and others and say how horrible Israel is for murdering these innocents when, in fact, if they didn’t put bombs, launchers, etc., in and near their population, using them to shield their weapons, this wouldn’t happen. But, alas, they do and sadly, the deaths will continue until they stop. But hey, why stop? It’s working for them.
Israel notifies an area when it is going to bomb it. I have seen the flyers and know they have auto call to notify when they are going to bomb an area. Hamas does not. The reason for this recent incursion into Palestinian territory in Gaza is to bomb the tunnels that Hamas is using to get into Israel and kill Israelis. They have found and bombed 12 as of this writing. They caught Hamas members, in Israel military uniforms with handcuffs and knockout drugs in 2 of the tunnels. Whatever can they have been planning? You are a very intelligent man so I leave that to your imagination but as for me, I have a pretty good idea.
I gotta say, Jude, I am of the opinion that the anti-Jewish sentiment in Ireland, both north and south, is as appalling as it is anywhere and should be addressed. I support fully Irish republicans, always have, always will, but I simply cannot and will never agree with their stance in this situation. I have lived in Muslim countries and can speak from experience on their feelings for Israel. I fear that many people in Ireland listen only to a few sound-bites and have not been around to Muslim countries or lived outside Ireland. Has Nuala Stroud, one of the people who posted to this thread actually experienced the fundamentalist Muslim experience? I have.
We know for a fact that Gaza residents received automated phone calls late last Sunday, 7.20.14, warning them to evacuate refugee camps in the centre of the Gaza Strip. Hamas would not let them do this and forces the Palestinian population to ignore all such warnings from Israel.
The above is what Hamas is all about, though I am sure there is much more, this is just a taste. But just this taste was too long to put in FB so that’s why I am sending it to you directly.
Perhaps someday I will share with you a meeting/discussion I had with a former East German family in Turkey in 1992 while I was stationed there and tell you what the father said to me about Israel and the Jews. I was stunned that people still believed as he did in this day and age, absolutely stunned.