Voices of Palestine: Yunis Al-Astal

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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, Ibrahim Mudayris, Yasser Ghalban, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Wafa al-Bis, Mahmoud AbbasAhlam Tamimi, Yassir Arafat (Part I and Part II), Abdallah Jarbu, Sheik Ismail Aal Radhwan and Abdel Aziz Rantisi.

Yunis Al-Astal, born in 1956 in the Gaza city of Khan Yunis, began his career preaching the glorification of exterminating Jews as an imam in the Palestinian Islamic terror group Hamas.

While Al-Astal’s incendiary rants were delivered in the mosques of Gaza, they were vile enough to gain him international notoriety, leading to his being banned in 2006 from entering the United Kingdom for “seeking to foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence.”

When Hamas gained control of Gaza in the elections of 2006, Al-Astal made the transition from preacher of hate to political firebrand as an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

During his time as a Hamas legislator, Al-Astal was part of the 2009 effort by Hamas to prevent the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) from including curriculum on the Holocaust in the preparatory schools it runs in Gaza.

According to Al-Astal, teaching Palestinian children about the Nazi genocide of Jews would be “marketing a lie” and the introduction of the subject tantamount to a “war crime.”

It should be noted, however, that Al-Astal’s disbelief in the historical veracity of the Holocaust didn’t mean he wasn’t a proponent of the necessity and inevitably of such an event in the future. In a 2008 newspaper column he wrote: “Suffering by fire is the Jews’ destiny in this world and the next. Therefore we are sure that the Holocaust is still to come upon the Jews.”

While suffering by fire may be the Jews’ destiny, it hasn’t precluded Al-Astal from championing other forms of violence on Jews, in particular suicide bombings as practiced by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Al-Astal was identified by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as being a member of the Brigades.

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  • myohmy

    Are people like Al Astal who recruit, train and send out suicide bombers to murder innocent people any less guilty than the drug lords who's soldiers kill innocent people with their guns and drugs? Why oh why does the world continue to pretend that these islamic terror bosses are somehow to be respected and given free reign to run their murderous operations as if they're immune from the law? THIS PRATICE OF ALLOWING A SO CALLED RELIGION TO TEACH JIHAD IS INSANE. Islam is a cancer on the soul of humanity. Islam should be banned…. people like Al Astal should be arrested and jailed forever.

    • StephenD

      If we use the logic of the current Administration he isn't fomenting hatred toward Jews and promoting suicide murders he is merely “promoting parochial respect of ones historical forbearers and encouraging self sacrifice for the good of all."
      Hey, if Ft. Hood is “Workplace Violence” and Little Rock is a “Drive By” then what this guy is saying is commendable. He is fostering respect for his ancestors and encouraging citizens to give of themselves.

  • Ed Frias

    Why is Thomas Friedman and the NY Slimes not talking about the evil of Islam.

    • ziontruth

      Because they are themselves possessed by the evil of Marxism.

  • Ed Frias

    Thomas Friedman will probably call him a moderate.

  • Marty

    What would be wrong with the extermination of hamas? Haganah azmit is Hebrew for self-defense. Israelis do not have to wait for hamas cowards and thugs to slaughter them. Pre-emption is a time honored policy of eliminating sociopaths before they can do any harm to real human beings. Jews and other minorities thought they could make the germans see reason and the Holocaust occurred anyway. The intifada is simply the beginnings of a second holocaust. Most Israelis understand this; most Americans need to do so since they are the next target of islamic jihad and genocide.

    • randy

      America already had a genocide when the christians came and wiped out the natives. The left overs were rounded up and put on reserves. The christians should be eliminated.

      • ziontruth

        Traitor.

  • Ghostwriter

    Another Jew hating monster. Those like Flipside would love that. Right now,his small heart swells with happiness when he reads those hideous comments by Al-Astal and those like him.

  • Freedom John

    OK, so I have a question for this POS. Why don't you follow the example of your teaching and blow yourself up , or are you one of those cowardly types that are "do as I say" instead of "do as I do." Besides if you blow yourself up you're just one less piece of human garbage muddying up what could otherwise be a beautiful and peaceful world. Make us all happy.