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June 22, 2006
Hamas: Islam, Islam Uber Alles

Palestinian Media Watch notes a new video Hamas has posted to their web site, one that calls for the overthrow of the United States by Islamists. The governing political party of the Palestinian Authority predicts that Israel, Britain, and Europe will also fall before the onslaught of Islam and exhorts their followers to maintain their defiance against international pressures (via Michael van der Galien at TMV):

A Hamas video just released on their web site focuses on the broader Palestinian Islamic ideology, promising the eventual conquering and subjugation of Christian countries under Islam. The way Israel "ran" from Gaza after terror is presented as the prototype for future Israeli and Western behavior in the face of Islamic force. ...

The following is the transcript of selections from the Hamas video:

"We will rule the nations, by Allah's will, the USA will be conquered, Israel will be conquered, Rome and Britain will be conquered … The Jihad for Allah... is the way of Truth and the way for Salvation and the way which will lead us to crush the Jews and expel them from our country Palestine. Just as the Jews ran from Gaza, the Americans will run from Iraq and Afghanistan and the Russians will run from Chechnya, and the Indian will run from Kashmir, and our children will be released from Guantanamo. The prisoners will be released by Allah's will, not by peaceful means and not by agreements, but they will be released by the sword, they will be released by the gun".

The video shows a rather strange exhortation by the former head of Hamas' terrorist wing, the al-Qassam Brigades. Ghalban got killed in the internecine fighting in the Palestinian territories, one particular event he did not predict. However, this new statement by Hamas shows that they have no intention of transforming themselves into a peaceful political force. Indeed, the video explicitly states that the fall of the West will not come through agreements but by force of arms. They link themselves very clearly to the fighting in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Chechnya, and the standoff with Iran.

The US and our European partners should abandon hope for the so-called prisoner's declaration, the NCD, as a vehicle for moderation of Hamas. For one thing, as I wrote at the above link, nothing in the NCD even hints at an acceptance of Israel. Instead, it proposes a union of Hamas, Fatah, and Islamic Jihad -- presumably to pursue the long-term goals stated in their latest video release. The call for Islamist attacks on the US, Europe, and India clearly show that Hamas has aligned itself with the Islamofascist terrorists, and a refusal to acknowledge that will be interpreted as a cowardly retreat -- as the video itself makes clear.

We need to start laying down ultimatums to the Palestinians in the territories. If they continue to support terrorists, then we will abandon them completely and cut off all funding and outside assistance. They elected these terrorists to power, and the Palestinians have to assume responsibilty for their actions. If we seriously intend to wage a war on terrorism, we cannot feed the people who support it.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 22, 2006 12:43 PM

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