Following the recent rocket attacks against Israeli citizens, Palestinian terrorists have attacked an Israeli outpost in the Gaza Strip, killing six Israeli soldiers. The latest assault was a joint venture between Hamas, the Yasser Arafat Martyrs Brigades (the media refuses to refer to this group by their proper name, and use the old Al Aqsa Martyrs designation) and the Popular Resistance Committees. The Popular Resistance Committees is a mixed bag of Palestinian terrorists, “composed from ex-Fatah militants combined with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades [ed. - Yasser Arafat Brigades] militants.”
The Yasser Arafat Martyrs Brigades is part of Fatah, the political party of the recently elected President Mahmoud Abbas which falls under the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The PLO Charter explicitly calls for the destruction of the state of Israel, this can be clearly seen in Articles 2 and 19:
Article 2: Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit...
Article 19: The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time...
The PLO, as explicitly stated in the Charter, relies on terrorism to defeat the “Zionist entity” (Israel):
Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This it is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase...
Article 10: Commando action constitutes the nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war. This requires its escalation, comprehensiveness, and the mobilization of all the Palestinian popular and educational efforts and their organization and involvement in the armed Palestinian revolution...
Not satisfied with hatred for Israel and the promotion of terrorism to achieve their goals, the PLO puts forth conspiracy theories to scapegoat the Jews as international imperialists:
Article 22: Zionism is a political movement organically associated with international imperialism and antagonistic to all action for liberation and to progressive movements in the world. It is racist and fanatic in its nature, aggressive, expansionist, and colonial in its aims, and fascist in its methods. Israel is the instrument of the Zionist movement...
While it has been claimed that the PLO Charter was amended to remove these and other offensive passages, the Charter has not been amended. This is the party of Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas’ Charter, however, makes the PLO appear quite tame. Perhaps this is why the PLO is viewed as a “moderate” organization - all things are relative. Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (see Article 2). The Muslim Brotherhood are an international movement of Islamists, with some very prominent members in the world of international terror. It’s “great thinkers” include Sayyed Qutb, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood; Yusuf al-Qaradhawi, a cleric that sanctions the murder of Americans and civilians in the name of Islam; Abdullah Azzam, the cofounder of al Qaeda with Osama bin Laden; and Shaikh Ahmad Yassin, the cofounder of Hamas.
Hamas’ Charter is explicit in its call for the destruction of Israel. Article 6 states Hamas “strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine”. Like the PLO, Hamas does not seek a political solution with Israel (Article 13):
“Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement... 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.”
Hamas states that every aspect of civil society is devoted to Jihad (the destruction of Israel kind of Jihad, that is). Religion (Article 1), education (Article 16), women and family (Articles 17 & 18), art (Article 19) society (Article 20 & 21) are merely tools to defeat the hated Jews.
Hamas is obsessed with Zionist conspiracies, including the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", a document fabricated by the Russian Czars to promote hatred of Jews. Hamas sees a "Jew in every pot". Article 22 provides a perfect example of Hamas’ delusions with the global Zionist conspiracy.
“With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there... They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them... The imperialistic forces in the Capitalist West and Communist East, support the enemy with all their might, in money and in men. These forces take turns in doing that. The day Islam appears, the forces of infidelity would unite to challenge it, for the infidels are of one nation.”
Article (32) continues in this vein.
“World Zionism, together with imperialistic powers, try through a studied plan and an intelligent strategy to remove one Arab state after another from the circle of struggle against Zionism, in order to have it finally face the Palestinian people only. Egypt was, to a great extent, removed from the circle of the struggle, through the treacherous Camp David Agreement. They are trying to draw other Arab countries into similar agreements and to bring them outside the circle of struggle... The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.”
Articles 28 and 35 gives further examples of Hamas’ conspiratorial mindset. Hamas follows in the footsteps of the great totalitarian movements by creating scapegoats to direct their fury. Hitler and the Nazis scapegoated Jews, Communists, Gypsies, Bolsheviks, Slavs and a host of other untermenschen; Stalin slaughtered Jews, Ukrainians and Trotskyites; Saddam butchered Shiites and Kurds; Mao purged intellectuals in the Cultural Revolution, as did Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. The death tolls piled up by these regimes are staggering.
In light of this information, it is curious as to why the media continues to refer to groups such as Hamas, the PLO, Yasser Arafat Martyrs Brigades and other Palestinian terrorists as attackers, captors, commandos, fighters, guerrillas, gunmen, insurgents, militants, radicals, rebels, separatists and activists. Certainly the media would not refer to Nazis as activists, the Khmer Rouge as militants....
In the wake of the recent attacks against Israel, Mahmoud Abbas states he will follow the Middle East Road Map, while the Palestinian foreign minister calls for an end to attacks on Palestinians. The Road Map clearly calls for the recognition of Israel and rooting out terrorists. The PLO Charter says otherwise, as does the Hamas Charter. President Abbas stated he will not seek to disarm terrorists.
Hamas cannot be negotiated with, as negotiation with Zionists is against the very core of the beliefs of the Muslim Brotherhood. President Abbas has some serious hurdles to overcome opposition within his own PLO, as well as external Islamofascist groups such as Hamas, for a negotiated settlement with Israel. Hamas and other terrorists must be removed from Palestinian society before peace can be achieved. Their sick and destructive nature abhors peace with Israelis, and like other mass totalitarian movements before it, can only be defeated. Peace is not an option when hatred and conspiracy runs so deep in the minds of men.