Voices of Palestine: Yasser Ghalban

Frank Crimi is a San Diego-based writer and author of the book Raining Frogs and Heart Attacks. You can read more of Frank's work at his blog,www.politicallyunbalanced.com.


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Editor’s note: Below is the latest 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. Click the following to view the profiles of Ahmad Bahr, Mahmoud al-Zahar and Ibrahim Mudayris.

While Hamas has been dedicated since its founding to the annihilation of Israel and the creation of an Islamic state, it has never lost sight of its larger goal: the creation of an Islamic caliphate that runs across the entire globe.

As Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar once said, Hamas won’t stop its resistance “until the Islamic flag is raised, not only over the minarets of Jerusalem, but over the whole universe.” Sharing in Hamas’s Islamist vision is a host of like-minded Islamic terror and militant groups, including al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

While Hamas and its Islamist compatriots have yet to fulfill their ultimate dream, some have predicted it is only a matter of time. One such person was Yasser Ghalban, a top Hamas leader who, shortly before his death in 2006, predicted the West’s demise, a prognostication that in many ways is on track.

Yasser Ghalban was a field commander in the Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Since its founding in 1992, the Al-Qassam Brigades have been behind a litany of suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israeli military and civilian targets.

On June 16, 2006, Ghalban, along with his brother and cousin, were killed in an ambush in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis by members of the Preventive Security Service “Death Squad,” a rival Palestinian faction. The “death squads,” according to Hamas, were being run by Fatah in the West Bank and Gaza with the aim of assassinating Hamas leaders and activists.

A week after Ghalban’s death, Hamas released a series of tribute videos to the slain terrorist. The central theme of those videos was that the liquidation of Jews in Israel by jihad would pave the way for Islam to rule the world. One video starred Ghalban himself, in which he declaimed his own particular vision of how that jihad would unfold. He said:

We will rule the nations, by Allah’s will, the U.S.A. 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.

If Ghalban were alive today, he would be pleased with many developments in the region and beyond. For example, in December 2011 the United States is scheduled to pullout all its troops from Iraq, leaving behind a country still racked with sectarian violence and a government seemingly committed to an alliance with the Islamist Republic of Iran.

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  • StephenD

    You really gotta feel for these poor guys. After all, they have a Jihad to conduct on the personal level AND against the Universe! That's a tough nut to crack! They need to "Crush" Israel, America, Rome and Britain. They plan to "rule" the nations while they can barely get out of the caves themselves! When the wearing of desert garb becomes a mandatory measurement of your spiritual state, you’ve got a lot of traveling to do to get to be on top of the food chain.
    All I can say is, with such lofty goals…I’m glad I ain’t one of them!

  • PhillipGaley

    "We will do this and we will do that, . . .", was is 1912? The loss of the Titanic changed mankind—at least, those of the civilized world:

    As a supposed philosophical underpinning, until that time, "We will do this and we will do that, . . ." was much more in vogue; but with particularity, among the builders—the scientists and the architects—to my knowledge (little that store may be), none of the builders has express his own stamp of approval upon his own work immortalized in: "Why, G0D himself, couldn't sink this ship."—some, who suppose themselves as religious do it, but not anyone of common sense, least of all, any of the builders.

    And, there comes a necessary meekness, even a humility, in recognizing oneself as a mere man, after all, and somewhat at the whim of universal force. But hopefully, you'll never have a wife who tells you: "You're just a man.".

    But, the Moslems—and not under the Civil law, hence, "uncivilized" and "barbarians" not surprisingly—have never heard of the that.

    The G0D of the Jews has it: "Let not he who putteth on his armour, boast as he who putteth it off."—just because.

    Upon inspection—and, not just in making a meal—we find there to be a necessary order and arrangement of things; and, without the power of knowledge to set one thing right, we're justified in reasoning that, maybe, he won't be able to get another thing right, and the whole then, to be weak and failing.

    This: "We will rule the nations, . . ." and on and on, this Yassar Gahlban and his ilk, I sure hope that, the arithmetic of life still works, and that, iron will still be strong, and that, as has been so, pride will continue to precede one's own fall and, haughtiness before entire destruction.

    I sure hope so, . . .

    I sure hope in the G0D of the Jews, . . . and that, Arabs too, might abandon the vaporous notions of some Allah, somewhere, . . .

    Many there be, I think, who will agree and say that, continuing in the Titanic arrogance of that earlier time, the world of that day could not have progressed into the bright world which we now enjoy.

    In the same wisdom, I see (if for the view of a toothless old man on a bicycle) no way whatever for the world to progress into a bright future, as saddled with the dis-jointed and otherwise backward and prideful and nasty mentality in which Islam resides, . . . holding mankind in the weak-mindedness of an institutionalized sensuality and foul distraint, . . . beginning with women, . . .

    May G0D soon deliver us from such, . . .

    • StephenD

      Well stated. I join you in your prayer. May I point out that the Titanic wasn't the first example. The Tower of Babel comes to mind and we know the results of that.

    • johnnywoods

      Before they conquer the USA and Israel by Allah`s will they might like to confer with JEHOVAH first as I am sure HE will have something to say about that. I just cannot stop laughing at these buffoons.

  • Marty

    And these are the leading lights of islam. All that muslims can produce is hatred and genocide. That is all there is to islam and it is why western civilization should avoid hoping for or consideration of compromise and the application of reason with islam. Neither will be reciprocated.