Voices of Palestine: Mahmoud al-Zahar

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Editor’s note: Below is the second profile of Frontpage’s new series, “Voices of Palestine,” which will illuminate the core beliefs, in their own words, of leading figures in the Palestinian death cult. To view the profile of Ahmad Bahr, click here.

When Hamas released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit after five years in captivity in exchange for over 1,000 jailed Palestinian terrorists, it was met with considerable opposition from those who believed it would only encourage more kidnappings and terrorism. Almost immediately, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar fully confirmed this worry, saying in a newspaper interview, “The lessons we’ve learned by kidnapping soldiers leads us to continue the kidnappings. We still have 7,000 prisoners in (Israeli) jails, and they also need to be released.”  But, unlike Israel, al-Zahar is not interested in these prisoner exchanges for the purpose of liberating innocent Palestinians. Rather, he is determined to amass as many foot soldiers as possible in order to obliterated Israel and drive its Jewish population into the sea.

To achieve this goal, al-Zahar’s Hamas has for decades employed suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israeli military and civilian targets. While al-Zahar currently resides in the “political-wing” of Hamas, prior to that he cut his teeth planning these attacks in Hamas’s “armed-wing,” the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

When al-Zahar first ascended to his ministerial post in 2006, he outlined Hamas’s foreign policy agenda in a series of public broadcasts. In one broadcast, al-Zahar said Hamas “would not change a single word in its covenant,” which calls for the destruction of Israel and Jewish genocide. He added, “Israel is not a legitimate entity, and no amount of pressure can force us to recognize its right to exist.” Then, for those who may still not have understood the message, al-Zahar further assured them, “By God, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine. We will fight them with all the strength we have. This is our land, not the Jews.”

In a 2010 television broadcast, al-Zahar made clear that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has nothing to do with a dispute over territory, but the very existence of Israel itself. The entire country, as far as al-Zahar is concerned, is “occupied': “We have liberated Gaza, but have we recognized Israel? Have we given up our lands occupied in 1948? We demand the liberation of the West Bank, and the establishment of a state in the West Bank and Gaza, with Jerusalem as its capital – but without recognizing [Israel]. This is the key – without recognizing the Israeli enemy on a single inch of land…I say this loud and clear so that nobody will accuse me of employing political tactics. We will not recognize the Israeli enemy.”

Thus, even if Israel were to cede all “disputed territories” — Gaza and the West Bank — that wouldn’t be enough to satisfy al-Zahar and his Hamas compatriots. Al-Zahar made that point clear as early as 2005 when he said, “Neither the liberation of the Gaza Strip nor the liberation of the West Bank or even Jerusalem will suffice us. Hamas will pursue the armed struggle until the liberation of all our lands. We don’t recognize the state of Israel or its right to hold onto one inch of Palestine. Palestine is an Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims.”

Al-Zahar has been equally clear as to his plans for the Jews after Palestine is “liberated”: “We are no weaker or less honorable than the peoples that expelled and annihilated the Jews. The day we expel them is drawing near…We have learned the lesson – there is no place for you among us, and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed to annihilation.”

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    • stern

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      • PhillipGaley

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    • inzion

      One can well understand the need for such a novel – good luck with it. However, Mo cannot be attached to anyone but an Arab emulating medevial Europe. Both had the same idea when they thought Israel was dead. Both were tested – both failed the test. Now they are hopping mad. Together, both conspired to commit the greatest Post-W.W.II crimes: the corruption of the Balfour, calling a 3-state as a 2-state and transfering the name Palestinian to those panting for another holocaust.


  • StephenD

    So the call for genocide elicits what from the UN? Ahhh, I see. It elicits more calls for Israel to make concessions. My only problem with this then becomes Israel’s willingness to do so.
    Israel MUST NOT give one more inch. Israel should TAKE BACK what truly and historically belongs to it. Make Jerusalem a Jewish Capital ~ The City of David!
    Rebuild the Temple right where it belongs. Should the entire world rise against you it would have to move heaven first. I am not Jewish but look forward to that day the Temple opens.

    • Herman Caintonette

      Children! I'm inclined to invoke the parent's solution: kick both Jews and Muslims out of Palestine. If you can't learn to share, neither of you can have it!

      • StephenD

        I thank G_d it isn't your call. It is telling how you place yourself above as a "parent" as if you have exclusive wisdom. Have you ever read the mythological story of Narcissus? I don’t know who your Echo is but I can speculate on your Nemesis.

        • Herman Caintonette

          Israel should take back what is "truly and historically" theirs? They abandoned the land two millenia ago, and acquired the land via genocide, according to their own holy book's admission. One Hebophile even claimed that there was such a thing as "just genocide."

          Your only colorable claim to Palestine is the "title" of the thief … and it is to our eternal shame that we in the West facilitated it.

          • Western Canadian

            So, how did the prayers go last friday? Did you imam pat you on your profoundly ignorant and dishonest head, and tell you that you ae a good boy//

          • Herman Caintonette

            No, toilet-boy (WC). As I see it, any God worthy of the name would not be so pathologically insecure as to demand our prayers, or punish us for our failure to worship the right god. You are the drooling religious nutter….

          • Western Canadian

            So, how did the prayers go last friday? Did your imam pat you on your profoundly ignorant and dishonest head, and tell you that you ae a good boy//

          • jmz

            problem with that is that there is no place on earth that does not owe its existance to murder. especially muslims. you want to equate what happened 2 millenia ago to whats happening now then you must also concede the land is still theres for muslims aquired their land the same way.

      • PhillipGaley

        . . . . which, you posture yourself as the bad mother whom king Solomon successfully dealt with, and showed us how, . . . you will post again—won't you?

      • inzion

        Serial 2-states in the same land = genocide. But that's the idea, stupid!

  • Herman Caintonette

    Sounds hauntingly like David ben-Gurion.

    • Western Canadian

      You sound hauntingly like a local imam….. like you he lies about hating jews, and pretends to respect the west.

  • Bert

    America itself was founded on theft of a continent, enslavement of millions of blacks and genocide of the Indians. But this is no barrier to hypocritical anti Jewish bigots from preaching lies and hatred against the only nation in the world that is on the land assigned by the Creator.

    • PhillipGaley

      Actually, the USA was not "founded on theft and enslavement" but was born of the age-old and honored activity which conquest is—conquest; old buddy, ya need some book-larnin', . . .

  • Herman Caintonette

    Bert: "the only nation in the world that is on the land assigned by the Creator."

    Based on what OBJECTIVE evidence?

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,I see the Jew haters out in full force today. And they agree with the psychopathic al-Zahar that Americans and Jews should be killed for no other reason than that they exist.

  • pyeatte

    There are no Jews in Palestine. They are in Israel. al-Zahar is such a dolt.

  • NotMyProphet

    Just FYI, your "al-Aqsa Intifada" link didn't work for me, I changed the last digit and it worked, I think this is the link you were trying to use…

  • Herman Caintonette

    Forgot Jericho already?

    If you use the Biblical argument, the Palestinian Arabs stayed while the Israelites willfully abandoned the land, moving to Egypt. If you use the argument that genocidal acts must be ignored, the Palestinians still have the better claim, as the Israelites (by their own admission) did the same thing to them. There is no argument which can give the Israelites superior title.

  • Vivi Andersen

    Yes – there has not ever existed an Palestine-state !

    Read the history !


  • John Fonteine

    Here is your argument. The tribes that were conquered by the Jews were in no way related to the modern day Palestinians. Palestinians are a mix of descendants of the ancient Romans, Persians, Arabs etc.. as the people you are referring to, were either eradicated or assimilated into the Jewish society.