Column One: The eternal liberation movement (JERUSALEM POST OP-ED) By CAROLINE B. GLICK 04/06/12)
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Hamas terror boss Fathi Hamad is a notable figure. Hamad is both the
director of Hamas’s al-Aksa television station and the terror
group’s “minister” of the interior and national security. His double
portfolio is a clear expression of the much ignored fact that for
terrorists, propaganda is inseparable from violence.
Hamad’s key posts make him a man worth listening to. His statements
necessarily indicate Hamas’s general direction.
On March 23, Hamad was interviewed by Egypt’s Al Hekma television
station. The interview was translated by MEMRI.
Hamad made two central points. First, he claimed that the Palestinian
war against Israel is the keystone of the global jihad. Second, he
said the Palestinians are not a distinct people, but transplanted
Egyptians and Saudis.
In his words, “At al-Aksa and on the land of Palestine, all the
conspiracies, throughout history, have been shattered – the
conspiracies of the Crusaders, and the conspiracies of the Tatars. At
al- Aksa and on the land of Palestine, the Battle of Hattin was
waged. The [West] does not want this noble history to repeat itself,
because the Jews and their allies would be annihilated – the
Zionists, the Americans and the imperialists.
“Thus, the conspiracy is very clear. Al-Aksa and the land of
Palestine represent the spearhead for Islam and for the Muslims.
Therefore, when we seek the help of our Arab brothers, we are not
seeking their help in order to eat, to live, to drink, to dress, or
to live a life of luxury. No. When we seek their help, it is in order
to continue to wage Jihad.”
Hamad next explained, “Brothers, half of the Palestinians are
Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? We
have many families called Al-Masri, [Egyptians] whose roots are
Egyptian. Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from
Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt. We are
What Hamad’s interview tells us is that today Hamas – the Palestinian
branch of the Muslim Brotherhood – is more interested in unity with
Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egypt than with Fatah. Whereas in the
past it joined Fatah in obscuring the direct link between the jihad
against the Jews and the jihad against the non-Muslim world, today it
seeks to emphasize the connection. To this end, Hamas is willing to
abandon the myth of Palestinian nativism and acknowledge that the
Palestinians are an artificial people, invented for the purpose of
advancing the global jihad in the key battlefield of Israel.
Hamad’s statements underscore a widespread sentiment among Israelis
about the revolutions now tearing apart the Arab world. That
sentiment is that while the results of these revolutions will be
catastrophic in the medium and long term, in the short term they
bring respite to Israel. With Arab regimes – new and old – struggling
to consolidate power, they have little time or energy to devote to
their war against Israel.
In this situation, the thinking goes, Israel should be able to devote
its attention to attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Unfortunately for Israel, while the Arab world is increasingly
uninterested in the Palestinian war against Israel, Europe and the
American Left are more than happy to pick up the slack.
Consider two recent events. First, two weeks ago the UN Human Rights
Council voted to launch a commission whose goal is to criminalize
Israel for the existence of Israeli communities beyond the 1949
The council’s decision to form a new kangaroo court to criminalize
Israel was not the result of the Arab diplomatic war against Israel.
It is the consequence of the European diplomatic war against Israel.
It is Europe, not the Arabs that has barred Israel from caucusing
with its UN regional group – the Western European and Others Group.
By barring Israel from the caucus, the Europeans have denied Israel
the ability to make its case to other UN member nations.
For its part, the Obama administration pays lip service to the need
to end the Human Rights Council’s obsessive war against Israel. But
at the same time, it has effectively joined that war by legitimizing
the anti-Israel council both by joining it, and by refusing to use
its membership as leverage to coerce the council into abandoning its
campaign against Israel.
Following the council’s vote to form a new Goldstone-style commission
to attack Israel, the State Department issued a statement in which it
claimed that due in part to US membership in the council, the council
had been spurred to “action on a series of important human rights
situations around the world.”
Then there was last Friday’s Global March to Jerusalem, in which a
consortium of protesters organized by Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood,
Iran and the international Left intended to storm Israel’s borders
and fill the state with hostile foreigners.
As Ribhi Halloum, the coordinator of the march said last year, the
goal of the GMJ was “to move the right of return possessed by
Palestinian refugees from theory to practice.”
In a press conference in Amman days ahead of the operation, Halloum
said that organizers expected for two million people to mass at
Israel’s borders and attempt to breach them.
In the end, the GMJ failed to mount its planned invasion. The sum
total of the day’s events amounted to several violent local
demonstrations by Palestinians in Judea and Samaria joined by foreign
and Israeli leftists. Israel’s borders were not breached.
The GMJ’s failure to achieve its aims owed to the same pan-Arab
distraction that Hamad tried to address in his interview with
But while the Syrians, Egyptians, Jordanians and Lebanese have more
urgent business to attend to, the international Left has intensified
its own campaign against Israel.
Leading anti-Israel, (and anti-Jewish) leftists including George
Galloway, Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, Noam Chomsky, Jeremiah
Wright, Cindy Sheehan and Medea Benjamin served as members of the
GMJ’s various organizing committees. These self-proclaimed human
rights activists had no problem with the fact that the Iranian regime
took a central role in organizing the operation or that the clear
goal of the campaign’s Muslim organizers is the destruction of Israel.
To the contrary, this goal is now openly shared by growing numbers of
Western leftists. In an op-ed on the Guardian’s online opinion forum,
Sarah Colborne, a member of the GMJ’s organizing committees and its
national coordinator for the UK as well as the director of the
Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK wrote, “The struggle for
Palestinian rights is at the core of the global movement for social
and economic justice.”
Judith Butler, one of Colborne’s American counterparts, has opined
that “understanding Hamas, Hezbollah as social movements that are
progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is
So just as Hamas’s Hamad claims that the jihad on Israel is the key
campaign of the global jihad, Hamad’s Western partners claim that
destroying Israel is the key to the Left’s campaign for socialism.
Disturbingly, the international Left is receiving indirect support
for its goal of destroying Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, (and
through it, destroying Israel), from the US government. Just days
before the GMJ failed to unravel Israel’s physical control over
Jerusalem, in a jaw-dropping exchange between State Department
spokeswoman Victoria Nuland and AP reporter Matthew Lee, Nuland
refused to say that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
The US has always been deeply hostile to Israel’s sovereignty over
Jerusalem. Beginning in 1950 the State Department directed US
diplomats to discourage other governments from establishing their
embassies in Jerusalem. But while the US has always undermined its
own alliance with Israel by aligning its policy on Jerusalem with
Israel’s worst enemies, under President Barack Obama, the US’s
willingness to express this hostility has been unprecedented.
This hostility has been demonstrated most famously by Obama’s demand
that the government stop respecting Jewish property rights in the
It has also been given graphic expression by the administration’s
decision to move the Consular Section of the US Consulate in
Jerusalem from an Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem to the site
that Israel allocated for a new US embassy.
The site is located in the Jewish Arnona neighborhood in western
Israel allocated the land to a future US Embassy after Congress
passed the US Embassy Act in 1995 which obligated the US government
to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The site was
chosen, among other reasons, because its location in western
Jerusalem put it outside the dispute regarding whether or not Israel
will retain sovereignty over eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem
in a hypothetical peace treaty with the Palestinians. The US
government uses the non-resolution of the Palestinian conflict with
Israel as its justification for refusing to accept Jewish property
rights in those areas of the city.
The US Consulate in Jerusalem is not subordinate to the US Embassy in
Tel Aviv. It presents itself as the unofficial US embassy to the non-
existent state of Palestine. By utilizing the site in western
Jerusalem allocated for a future embassy as an extension office of
the consulate, the Obama administration made clear its rejection of
Israel’s right to sovereignty over all of Jerusalem. And in light of
the US law that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and orders
the government to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem, the Obama
administration not only indirectly legitimized the cause of those who
seek the destruction of Israel.
It did so in contempt of US law.
In truth, there is nothing new about the West’s rejection of Israel’s
right to sovereignty or even to its support and sponsorship for the
Arab war for the destruction of Israel. Such animosity predates not
only the 1967 Six Day War. It predates the establishment of Israel.
British Col. Richard Meinertzhagen, who served as an intelligence
officer in wartime and post-World War I Mandatory Palestine, made
this point clearly in his memoir Middle East Diary.
Meinertzhagen wrote that the first Arab terror assaults on Jews under
the British military government were instigated by the British
military. Just before Easter in 1920, British military authorities
contacted future Nazi agent Haj Amin el Husseini and encouraged him
to attack the Jews of Jerusalem.
They told him, “He had a great opportunity at Easter to show the
world that the Arabs of Palestine would not tolerate Jewish
domination in Palestine... and if disturbances of sufficient violence
occurred in Jerusalem at Easter, [the British High Commanders] would
advocate the abandonment of the Jewish home.”
Today, the Jewish people begin their week-long celebration of
Passover, the Jewish festival of freedom. This evening we will read
in the Haggada that our fight for freedom is an eternal struggle.
When we assess the global nature of the current assault on Jewish
freedom and sovereignty in our country, we see the truth of that
While our present circumstances give us much to celebrate, the work
of Jewish liberation is far from over. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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