Voices of Palestine: Abdel Aziz Rantisi

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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 and Sheik Ismail Aal Radhwan.

Co-founder of the terrorist group Hamas, the late Abdel Aziz Rantisi (a.k.a. Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi) devoted his life to a single purpose: destroying the state of Israel. “By God, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine,” he said. “We will fight them with all the strength we have.”

Born in 1947 in a village near the modern-day Israeli city of Jaffa, Rantisi was forced to flee his birthplace with his family in 1948 – when five Arab states declared a war of annihilation against Israel. He was raised thereafter in the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip.

After completing his secondary school education in 1965, Rantisi moved to Egypt and studied medicine at Alexandria University, where he came under the sway of the Muslim Brotherhood. Upon graduating in 1972 with a master’s degree in pediatric medicine, Rantisi returned to Gaza. In 1976 he secured work as a resident physician at Naser Hospital in the Gaza city of Khan Younis. Two years later he found employment as a science professor at the Islamic University in Gaza. He also served on the administrative boards of the Islamic Complex, the Arab Medical Society, and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

Inclined toward acts of civil disobedience, Rantisi was arrested a number of times during the early 1980s for his participation in anti-Israel demonstrations as well as for tax evasion.

In 1987 Rantisi, along with Ahmed Yassin, was instrumental in inciting Palestinian uprisingsagainst the Israeli Defense Forces. These conflicts escalated in tension, resulting ultimately in the First Intifada.

On December 14, 1987, Rantisi and Yassin founded Hamas (“Islamic Resistance Movement”), whose avowed purpose is “liberating Palestine” from its Jewish “oppressors.”

In 1992 Rantisi’s frequent calls for violence against Israelis prompted Israeli authorities to expel him, along with 416 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, to southern Lebanon. There Rantisi emerged as a leading spokesman for Palestinian terrorists, espousing what would become the twin driving themes of their collective creed: opposition to any cease-fire with the Jewish state and an unwavering support for armed resistance. Rantisi declared, “There is no difference between Akko, Haifa, Gaza, Jaffa or Nablus. The Palestinian Intifada will continue until the last Zionist is banished.”

By 1997, Rantisi had become Hamas’ chief spokesman and military general. In this capacity, he directed the group to intensify its campaign of terrorism, a move that was calculated to derail the peace negotiations which were then underway between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. Inciting violent fervor among his Hamas faithful with his militant rhetoric, Rantisi called for attacks against any and all Israelis, resolutely rejecting any possibility of moderation. As he explained to the Manchester Guardian in 1997, Hamas’ “rifles will remain directed against the Zionist enemy.” Rantisi’s view that Israel was an illegitimate intruder on the Mideast landscape, Rantisi said to another British reporter: “If Israel was established in Britain, would you accept compromise?”

After the steadily mounting Palestinian violence flared into a full-scale Second Intifada in September 2000, Rantisi lauded those suicide bombers who had lost their lives in the process of murdering Jewish civilians: “I congratulate them. They will teach the Jewish mothers in Haifa, Tel Aviv and everywhere that our blood is not cheap.” “This is the answer to the Zionist terrorism,” added Rantisi. “In the future we will multiply the suicide bombing attacks and we will carry out operations that will shock the Jews.”

Rantisi’s deep hatred for Israel was mirrored in his contempt for the Jewish state’s closest ally, the United States. Following the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia in February 2003, Rantisi hailed the catastrophe as “part of the divine punishment of America and, together with it, Zionism.” In Rantisi’s view, the disaster was a manifestation of supernatural retribution for America’s complicity in the “massacres of Muslims, the destruction of their lives, the humiliation of their honor, and their desire to globalize corruption.”

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  • ziontruth

    "They [the suicide-murderers] will teach the Jewish mothers in Haifa, Tel Aviv and everywhere that our blood is not cheap."

    Au contraire, it has taught us exactly the opposite. That, and their willingness to exchange one Jewish prisoner for over a thousand of theirs. But far be it from an Islamic imperialist aggressor to have any sense of irony.

    "…he condoned the murder of [Jewish] children, if that would secure the future of young [Arab colonists]."

    Just like one commenter we had here for a time. As well as, tacitly, tons of Marxist Islam-sympathizers in the entire Western world, including, I suspect, the one occupying (pun intended) the White House.

  • Marty

    Happily, rantisi is dead, killed justifiably by the very people he wanted and worked hard to murder. There is a bit of justice, even in the middle east. This creep did serve a purpose, though. rantisi is a poster child for hamas and the obsession to slaughter all Jews. He publically indicated he wanted to kill every Jew in palestine. It was one of his life's disappointments that he didn't get the chance. But cowards and thugs such as rantisi are still living (and dying) in the mindset that views Jews as completely defenseless and helpless just waiting for the next progrom or Holocaust. There is no better argument on behalf of Israel's continued existence regardless of the fact that success in defending Jewish lives distresses and "offends" muslims.

  • StephenD

    I would love to see Abbas called on to either refute these statements by Rantisi as being abhorrent to him and his beliefs or to embrace them ~ one or the other, for the world to witness. Even though it is acceptable for them to lie, I bet it would be fun to watch him squirm as he tries to placate what he thinks the world wants to hear and what those that believe the same way want to hear.

  • LindaRivera

    The Muslims can never win, because it is the Creator who has divinely brought back large numbers of Jews to the land He promised to Jews as an everlasting possession. Why do the Muslims provoke God by claiming the Holy Land belongs to them and not Jews?

    Jerusalem is mentioned 700 times in the Bible, not once in the Koran. At the time of Mohammad's death, there was not a single mosque in Jerusalem.

    There NEVER was an Arab country of Palestine and Jerusalem was NEVER the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity.

    The hate for Jews and what is happening right now has all been foretold by God in the
    Bible, thousands of years ago. The Bible makes it clear that the enemies of the Jews are the enemies of God. Who will not fear and revere this Great, Mighty and Awesome God?

  • LindaRivera

    Rantisi lauded those suicide bombers who had lost their lives in the process of murdering Jewish civilians: “I congratulate them. They will teach the Jewish mothers in Haifa, Tel Aviv and everywhere that our blood is not cheap.” “This is the answer to the Zionist terrorism,” added Rantisi. “In the future we will multiply the suicide bombing attacks and we will carry out operations that will shock the Jews.”

    The Muslim HATE for God and INTENSE HATE for God's, eternal, unchanging Laws is horrifying:

    YOU SHALL NOT MURDER

    • ben jabo

      Linda, you should know better

      They are NOT "suicide bombers", the proper term is "HOMICIDE BOMBERS"

      When they kill ONLY themslves, that's suicide, when the kill others it becomes an act of HOMICIDE

      • LindaRivera

        Hi ben jabo,

        It was NOT me that called them that! The entire first paragraph of my comment is a quote from the article!

        Actually, I call them human bombs. Muslim human bomb killers might be a better term than human bombs.

  • sod

    It's apparent that Israel made a mistake in 1992. And the mistakes are repeated by the west many many times over.

    Rantisi obviously think his blood is more precious than his fellow Arabs, while encouraging them to kill themselves and others, Rantisi is enjoying the result of his chaos. He also thinks Arabs' life is cheaper than that of Israeli by exchanging 1000 Arabs for 1 Jew.

    • ziontruth

      "It's apparent that Israel made a mistake in 1992."

      If you mean the Oslo Accords of 1993, it was only one, and not the earliest, in a series of mistakes.

      Israel's first mistake was in the aftermath of its Independence War of 1947–9, when it left quite a few Arab colonies standing "on good behavior"—rewarded for not taking part in the fighting (how kind of them) and not choosing to flee at their leaders' behest. The descendants of those are now a 20% minority within Israel's pre-1967 borders, and getting more and more seditious every day, less and less reticent of expressing solidarity with their brothers in the post-1967 lands.

      The second mistake, of course, was in 1967, when Israel took back Judea and Samaria, Gaza and the Golan Heights (and the Sinai, but that isn't part of the Land of Israel), but opted to leave all the Arab settlers residing on the land to show itself to the world as an "enlightened occupier." Given the fear struck into the Arabs' hearts by the results of the 1967 War, Israel could easily have sent all the Arab colonists packing, as well as cleared out the cow udder built on top of the Temple, but its leaders squandered the opportunity, and now all this is going to be much more difficult.

      You're right, lack of will and the desire to be seen as merciful are the undoing of the entire free world in this war against those who are least deserving of any show of clemency. Leadership has betrayed the free world again and again.

  • Ghostwriter

    Rantisi was a creep who got what he deserved. End of story.