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05-19-2008, 01:21 AM

Hamas Condemns the Holocaust
By Bassem Naeem

We are not engaged in a religious conflict with Jews; this is a political struggle to free ourselves from occupation and oppression

12/05/08 "The Guardian" -- - As the Palestinian people prepare to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba ("catastrophe") - the dispossession and expulsion of most of our people from our land - those remaining in Palestine face escalating aggression, killings, imprisonment, ethnic cleansing and siege. But instead of support and solidarity from the western media, we face frequent attempts to defend the indefensible or turn fire on the Palestinians themselves.

One recent approach, which seems to be part of the wider attempt to isolate the elected Palestinian leadership, is to portray Hamas and the population of the Gaza strip as motivated by anti-Jewish sentiment, rather than a hostility to Zionist occupation and domination of our land. A recent front page article in the International Herald Tribune followed this line, as did an article for Cif about an item broadcast on the al-Aqsa satellite TV channnel about the Nazi Holocaust.

In fact, the al-Aqsa Channel is an independent media institution that often does not express the views of the Palestinian government headed by Ismail Haniyeh or of the Hamas movement. The channel regularly gives Palestinians of different convictions the chance to express views that are not shared by the Palestinian government or the Hamas movement. In the case of the opinion expressed on al-Aqsa TV by Amin Dabbur, it is his alone and he is solely responsible for it.

It is rather surprising to us that so little attention, if any, is given by the western media to what is regularly broadcast or written in the Israeli media by politicians and writers demanding the total uprooting or "transfer" of the Palestinian people from their land.

The Israeli media and pro-Israel western press are full of views that deny or seek to excuse well-established facts of history including the Nakba of 1948 and the massacres perpetrated then by the Haganah, the Irgun and LEHI with the objective of forcing a mass dispossession of the Palestinians.

But it should be made clear that neither Hamas nor the Palestinian government in Gaza denies the Nazi Holocaust. The Holocaust was not only a crime against humanity but one of the most abhorrent crimes in modern history. We condemn it as we condemn every abuse of humanity and all forms of discrimination on the basis of religion, race, gender or nationality.

And at the same time as we unreservedly condemn the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe, we categorically reject the exploitation of the Holocaust by the Zionists to justify their crimes and harness international acceptance of the campaign of ethnic cleansing and subjection they have been waging against us - to the point where in February the Israeli deputy defence minister Matan Vilnai threatened the people of Gaza with a "holocaust".

Within 24 hours, 61 Palestinians - more than half of them civilians and a quarter children - were killed in a series of air raids. Meanwhile, a horrible crime against humanity continues to be perpetrated against the people of Gaza: the two-year-old siege imposed after Hamas won the legislative elections in January 2006, which is causing great suffering. Due to severe shortages of medicines and food, scores of Palestinians have lost their lives.

It cannot be right that Europeans in general and the British in particular maintain a virtual silence toward what the Zionists are doing to the Palestinians, let alone supporting or justifying their oppressive policies, under the pretext of showing sympathy for the victims of the Holocaust.

The Palestinian people aspire to freedom, independence and peaceful coexistence with all their neighbours. There are, today, more than six million Palestinian refugees. No less than 700,000 Palestinians have been detained at least once by the Israeli occupation authorities since 1967. Hundreds of thousands have so far been killed or wounded. Little concern seems to be caused by all of this or by the erection of an apartheid wall that swallows more than 20% of the West Bank land or the heavily armed colonies that devour Palestinian land in a blatant violation of international law.

The plight of our people is not the product of a religious conflict between us and the Jews in Palestine or anywhere else: the aims and positions of today's Hamas have been repeatedly spelled out by its leadership, for example in Hamas's 2006 programme for government. The conflict is of a purely political nature: it is between a people who have come under occupation and an oppressive occupying power.

Our right to resistance against occupation is recognised by all conventions and religious traditions. The Jews are for us the people of a sacred book who suffered persecution in European lands. Whenever they sought refuge, Muslim and Arab lands provided them with safe havens. It was in our midst that they enjoyed peace and prosperity; many of them held leading positions in Muslim countries.

After almost a century of Zionist colonial and racist oppression, some Palestinians find it hard to imagine that some of their oppressors are the sons and daughters of those who were themselves oppressed and massacred.

Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust but find themselves punished for someone else's crime. But we are well aware and warmly welcome the outspoken support for Palestinian rights by Israeli and Jewish human rights activists in Palestine and around the world.

We hope that journalists in the west will begin to adopt a more objective approach when covering events in Palestine. The Palestinian people are being killed by Israel's machine of destruction on a daily basis. Nevertheless, we still see a clear bias in favour of Israel in the western media.

The Europeans bear a direct responsibility for what is befalling the Palestinians today. Britain was the mandate authority that handed over Palestine to Israeli occupation. Nazi Germany perpetrated the most heinous crimes against Jews, forcing the survivors to migrate to Palestine in pursuit of safety. We, therefore, expect the Europeans to atone for their historic crimes by restoring some balance to the inhuman and one-sided international response to the tragedy of our people.

the true face of the State of Israel .

Sixty years ago the world's conscience went into a coma.
A very convenient coma that has hidden a crime called:
the State of Israel.

On the other hand ,
no chance of any other coma when it comes to the Holocaust
on the contrary .......we hear it and see it on daily bases.

Even ,
we see the Holocaust-deniers locked up in prisons
in the countries where freedom of though and speech
were supposed to be sacred.

I have not seen any denier of the Palestinian-Holocaust
probably because nobody denies it....
but it is just drowned in that same convenient coma.

Therefore ,
the Palestinian-Holocaust is never denied
but just made acceptable, excusable and forgivable.
Because the conscience , itself, is in a coma ,
an artificial-clinical-controlable-coma....of course !!

Out of those 60 years ,
we have had 58 years of Ariel Sharon.

Ariel Sharon , the butcher of the butchers ,
is in a coma, if not dead already.............

No funerals to him , because during the procession
one should make a farewell-speech and an obituary.
And what could there be said ?
how many tons of lies would be needed ? for that speech.

Therefore ,
I say that the phenomena "Ariel Sharon"
is in a coma within a greater coma.

A very appropriate scene :
a million lies are to be drowned....
in a sea of injustice .

Raja Chemayel
13TH of May 2008

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05-26-2008, 02:58 PM
Well, there is going to have to be a MASSIVE atonement and by all parties if it is indeed proven that the Caliph Omar declared Palestine to be owned by no one but Allah. If this is true, and can be proven, it means no Palestinian had the right to sell his property for money (all sales become void), because they didn't actually OWN it in the first place. It means the Jews could have lived there with the Muslims and Christians in peace, had they not tried to "own" it. And it means the U.N. has violated holy law concerning a holy land, but they can plead ignorance up to a certain point.

It seems to me that everyone had a hand in this... and everyone will be expected to atone for it. Those who are not willing to atone have no right (by holy law) to live there and I will pray for Allah to intervene, based on this specific reason. I'm definately going there the moment things are settled here.

The Ninth Scribe

05-26-2008, 08:06 PM
Good article.

I find myself agreeing with it nearly in its entirety. We here in the west need to stop our blind support of Israel. Why we support Israel appears to be wrapped up in both the political and religious. But I don't think we'll ever see peace in the middle east or respect for the west there so long as the west continues to favour one faction over all others.

Air Jordan
05-26-2008, 10:38 PM
Hey Islamarama;

Nice flattering picture of Sharon (snear and all....it brings out all of his stereotypical Semitic features). You do realize he had a stroke, is comatose and, I am pretty sure, is no longer in charge. BTW....Arafat was even uglier.

At Pyo;

There is very little "blind support" for Israel in the West. Most Americans couldn't care less. The only reason there is a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel is because of the US (plus the courage of Sadat). Of course, I realize for many here a peace treaty with an Arab state isn't enough. What is really desired is a bit of ethnic cleansing.

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