Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hamas' Covenant

Hamas was formally founded as a distinct entity in December 1987, and emerged on the scene of the Israel-Arab conflict in August 1988, with the publication of its Charter, or Covenant, under the leadership of the wheelchair-bound Sheikh Akhmed Yassin in Gaza. This Covenant is the constitution by which Hamas defines itself and sets forth its goals and methods.

The prologue insists that “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” The Covenant’s Introduction goes on to state: “Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious.” Notice that the enemy is JEWS, not Israelis.

In section 7 we learn that Mohammed has said: “The Day of Judgment will not come until Moslems fight the Jews, killing the Jews. When the Jews will hide behind stones and trees, the stones and trees will say ‘O Moslems…. there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”

So Hamas’ goal is not just the conquest of “Palestine.” This is now the only democratically elected political power in the world whose foundational agenda includes the genocide, and whose sole defining paradigm is terrorism. Section 13 goes on to say that “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

So, as it describes itself, Hamas is a Moslem religious community committed to not just the destruction of Israel but of all Jews throughout the world. It is irredentist as well as genocidal, having as part of its longer term plan the re-conquest of those nations that were once under Moslem rule (Spain, Greece, Hungary, Rumania, Slovakia, India); and an even longer range plan of bringing Islam to a position from which it will be “…in control of guiding the affairs of life.”

Hamas is very clear in its belief that Jews cannot have sovereignty in any sacred Moslem land. Sheikh Yassin (whom the Israelis killed) said that Hamas would destroy Israel even if it had to be done one Jew at a time. His number two man, Sheikh Abdul-Azziz Rantizi, has put it in a slightly less bloodthirsty way: There is no room for Jews in the Moslem land of Palestine.

Hamas defines Jihad “for the liberation of all of Palestine” as a personal religious duty incumbent upon every Muslim. At the same time, it utterly rejects any political arrangement that would entail the relinquishment of any part of Palestine, which Hamas sees as tantamount to a surrender of part of Islam.

The organization’s immediate goal is the establishment of an Islamic state in all of Palestine. The immediate means to achieve this goal is the escalation of the armed struggle (a.k.a. terrorism), and ultimately all-out Jihad (full scale war), with the participation not only of Palestinian Muslims but of the entire Islamic world.

Then, with “Palestine” finally rendered Judenrein, Hamas envisions ultimate Moslem victory over the entire world such that Islam will be “…in control of guiding the affairs of life.”

by David Meir-Levi



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