Is Hamas Rhetoric of ‘kill all Jews” a Natural Outgrowth of Israel’s Genocide?


Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

The Hamas charter, widely cited by defenders of the Israeli siege on Gaza, contains some passages that hard to reconcile for many allied with Palestinian liberation. Specifically, the charter states:

“The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: ‘The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”

According to Kash Nikazmrad of Students for Justice in Palestine, one should view passages from the Hamas charter like the one above as hyperbolic political rhetoric meant to stoke a political base, and not, he says, as something to be taken literally. The focus, he says should be on the genocidal conditions imposed by Isreal that give birth to the resistance.

“The UN recognizes Genocide as anything deterring the progression of human life,” says Nikazmrad, “and that is what (Israel) does in Gaza. They don’t allow them to fish. Settlers come and cut down Olive trees and put concrete on the olive trees. And (Israel) is all outside, and they blame Palestinians for building tunnels to try to bring medical supplies in. What do you think will happen when you build a prison (Gaza) and you prevent people from having any kind of right to life? They are going to try and build tunnels and they are going to try and resist the occupation that is there.”

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  1. The tragic deaths in Gaza (about 1200, militants and civilians, some killed by Hamas misfires) are not genocide. Ottoman Turkey launched genocide of 1.5 million Armenians, nearly 300,000 Assyrians, over 200,000 Greeks and some 13,000 Kurds. Nazi’s systematic genocide of over 6 million Jews and other non-Aryans, over 1 million dead in the Nigeria, over 1 million in Cambodia, over 500,000 in Rwanda. Massacres of over 100,000 abound in Sudan, Darfur, and elsewhere. Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Islamic State and the Taliban seem to be eager to get on the horror list with death counts growing above 10,000. Despite Israel’s unprecedented efforts to minimize civilian deaths while trying to suppress the continuous rocket and tunnel threats from the Hamas terrorists hiding among the civilians, Israel is grotesquely criticized. Despite inflated rhetoric, this is not genocide. It is unfortunate collateral damage in an asymmetric defensive war against terror.

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  2. Is Zionists’ individual rhetoric to kill all Palestinians a natural outgrowth of Nazi’s genocide? Abuse begets Abbas (and USraeli Excess of Evil Assymetric Massassination)!

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