The Genocidal Quest for ‘Palestine’

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Ismail Haniyeh, the putative prime minister of Hamas, headquartered in Gaza, has just visited Iran. That visit highlighted a growing division within Hamas between Haniyeh and Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas politburo. Until very recently headquartered in Damascus, Mashaal has broken with Iran and relocated to the Gulf State of Qatar.

On February 12, the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Ali Khameini, expressing support for his guest, publicly declared that the Palestinian issue was an “Islamic cause.”

The “Palestinian issue”?  This sounds rather as if Iran were promoting a Palestinian state. (This surface impression would coincide with the notion that the Arab/Islamic world would be less bellicose if only Israel would agree to a “two state solution.”)  But it is far from the reality, and the Ayatollah’s words provide an excellent opportunity for setting the record straight.

Just as the Ayatollah is Islamist (perhaps heading the Islamist state “par excellence,” as it were), so is Hamas Islamist—a direct offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Islamist ideology is not nationalist, but, rather, is dedicated to the concept of the ummah —the entire Muslim world seen as a unity. As Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomein said, shortly after the overthrow of the Shah and his return to Iran from exile, “I say let this land burn. I say let this land go up in smoke. We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah.”

According to this view, any country, as a sovereign national entity, can legitimately be sacrificed in service to the larger goal of ensuring that “Islam emerges triumphant…”  That triumphalism alludes to rule of shari’a (Islamic law).  The ultimate to be aspired to in this regard is the caliphate, an institution of imperial Islamic rule that strives for global hegemony.

And what of the “Palestinian issue”?  It’s all about the destruction of Israel and the banishment of Jews from the land.

This approach was very explicitly outlined by the Muslim Brotherhood in The Project, part of its charter adopted in 1982 (and described in detail on May 11, 2006 in Front Page Magazine).

Among the techniques it recommended was this:

• Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination…

A similar approach is reflected in the 1988 covenant of Hamas, the “Islamic Resistance Movement,” which states:

• The Movement’s program is Islam…

• The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine…

• The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist invaders…

• The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [sacred trust] consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day.

• Nationalism, from the point of view of the Islamic Resistance Movement, is part of the religious creed. Nothing in nationalism is more significant or deeper than in the case when an enemy should tread Moslem land. Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual duty of every Moslem…

No mention of a Palestinian state here and no emphasis on a distinct “Palestinian Arab people.”  No commitment to Palestinian national sovereignty as a value unto itself.   When leaders of Hamas speak of “resistance,” they intend only to banish Jews from a part of the land that ultimately belongs to the ummah.

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  • Larry

    Iranians, and Arabs in general, are not so much Holocaust Deniers, but Genocide Desirers.

    • sandykramer

      Iranians are not Arabs. They do share the Arabs' Islamic beliefs, however.

      • aspacia

        They are Persian Shia and have a Jewish population of 20,000 which dwindled from 500,000

      • ziontruth

        Correct. They adhere to an Arab religion of Arab supremacism against their national interests.

        But for Islam, there'd be no reason for any hostility between Israel and Iran. It's all about Islam.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Hamas and the PA agree that a state is not their first priority. Destroying Israel comes first.
    Hassan Nasrallah was quoted in the Lebanese Daily Star in 2002 as encouraging Jews to move to Israel. “If they gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide”. The issue for Nasrallah is not the continuing existence of Israel but rather the troubling presence of Jews in the world.
    The Palestinians agree. They know perfectly well that if they succceed in destroying Israel, the other Arab states will divide the territory and oppress the Palestinians. The Palestinian movement is totally selfless. They are willing to suffer for the sake of "virtue"–killing Jews.
    Hitler too had nothing to gain by killing Jews. He could have used them to give Germany atomic weapons. He too was totally selfless.

  • maria

    Concocted false nation "palestinians", actually arabs from many countries are hostages for those Islamic countries. Non of arabs and muslims countries accepted them, granted them citizentry. They are "meat" for other bloodthirsty muslims. However propaganda made their deal. They hate Jews (but Christians as well) more than they loved their own children. Arabs/so called palestinians mothers celebrate suicidal death of their children as they are paid for that one. Are they are human being? No, those creatures are just have image of human but they are worthe than any wild beasts.
    Ironically they are think about themselves as suprem one. Muslims are supremassists as Koran describe them they are #1 and all others, unbelievers, non-muslims are the second level, kind of dogs level. They are not able to comprehend how is it happened as they super but have nothing. They are not able to creat as first of all their religion, actualy idealogical cult don't allowed them to be sussesfull as well.
    Overall all Islamists are not selfless as they want to conquer what was created by other. Hitler as well wanted in the first year to expropriate Jews property and expell them with nothing.

  • Ghostwriter

    What were people like Nakba1948's doing on 9/11? Oh yes,I forgot. They were celebrating the mass murder of three thousand Americans! They pass out candies and danced in the streets while Americans were dying!! This happened all over the Muslim world! Explain again to me why me or any other American should support those who want to kill Americans and Israelis?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Ismail Hyena and Idiot Abb-ass have no intention of ever bringing about peace.
    The lives of the former Egyptian and Jordanian citizens now the new Palestininas
    are part of a larger farce which will end with their sacrifice, they are expendible
    players in the Islamist picture of their hoped for Caliphate. It is amazing how
    well the leaders live and are excused their excesses by the left. Israel will be
    sandbagged by false claims as long as the lying rats are existent. I wonder if
    these people will be tossing candy in the air as their lives are extinguished and
    they realize they are unimportant to their masters………………………William