Introduction: Israel´s leaving the Gaza Strip is being presented by
the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas as a victory for Islam.
Palestinian Authority religious leaders and Hamas have for years
been presenting their conflict with Israel as part of an unbroken
religious war, which Allah is waging against Jews - a conflict whose
climax will be the extermination of the world´s Jews. (Palestinian
Media Watch has reported on this ideology. See documentation below.)
Within this context, Israel´s leaving its towns in Gaza now, is
being presented as a victory of Islam in this war. Palestinian
Authority Television hosts and participants alike are calling the
Israeli moves from its towns as a ´great victory for Allah´.
The Hamas website publicized numerous posters that declare the same
religious victory theme. The Hamas poster below, showing a face of
Hamas founder Ahmad Yassin laughing, superimposed over a somber
religious Jew, presents the Sharon evacuation plan as a victory of
the Koran over the Talmud. The words on the poster: "Our Koran
proves that we were right and your Talmud proves that you were
Another Hamas poster shows a rifle and the Koran with the
words: "With those two together the victory has been achieved."
One example from the Palestinian Authority´s official daily:
"...The manager of the office of the Ministry of the Waqf in
northern Gaza, Farid Al-Nayard, said, ´...last Friday’s sermon was
under the title ‘On that day the Believers will be glad with the
victory of Allah.´´"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 13, 2005]
In June 2004 Palestinian Authority religious leader Ibrahim Mudayris
already preached the religious significance he saw in Sharon´s plan,
connecting it to an event described in the Koran, specifically
focusing on Israel´s plan to destroy the towns before leaving.
The Koranic event and the present expulsion, according to this
senior PA imam, have numerous parallels:
1. Attacks by Muslims against Jews
2. Jews become fearful
3. Jews destroy their own homes
4. Jews flee their towns
Mudayris´ sermon of June 4, 2004
"If you [today] trust in Allah, like Muhammad´s companions, by
Allah, it will not be impossible for Allah to expel the Jews…
"[Allah] fought against them [as is written in the Koran] through
their weak hearts because they are cowards. When they saw someone
killed, terror entered their hearts and they started destroying
their own homes.
"And now the media reports that they will leave the settlements.
Indeed, they will leave Gaza. They will leave submissive, by Allah´s
will. They will leave defeated, like it or not, in the face of this
[Ibrahim Mudayris, PA TV, June 4, 2004]
The following is the text Mudayris was referring to in the Koran:
"He [Allah] is the one who has caused those of the People of the
Book [i.e. Jews] who disbelieved to leave their homes unto the first
expulsion. You did not think that they would leave, whereas they
[the Jews] were certain that their fortresses would defend them
against Allah. But Allah reached them from a place where they did
not expect, and cast terror in their hearts so that they destroyed
their homes with their own hands and the hands of the believers...!"
From the Archives
Previously reported examples of numerous Palestinian Authority
religious and academic leaders presenting the war against Israel as
a religious war that will end with the extermination of the Jews.
1. Muhammad Abd Al Hadi La’afi, responsible for Religious Teaching
and Instruction in the Office of the Wakf:
"The battle with the Jews will surely come...
"The Prophet spoke about in more than one Hadith and the
Resurrection will not come without the victory of the believers [the
Muslims] over the descendants of the monkeys and pigs and with their
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 18, 2001]
2. Ibrahim Mudayris, Head of the Association for Memorizing the Koran
"The Prophet said: the Resurrection will not take place until the
Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them. The Muslims will
kill the Jews, rejoice [in it], rejoice in Allah’s victory. The
Muslims will kill the Jews, and he will hide...
"The Prophet said: the Jews will hide behind the rock and tree, and
the rock and tree will say: oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim this is a
Jew behind me, come and kill him!"
[PA TV, September 10, 2004 - view this clip here
"The Jews will not live under our rule agreeably permanently, since
they have been treacherous in nature throughout history. A day will
come when all shall rest from the Jews...
"Listen to your Beloved [Muhammad], who tells you about the most
dire end awaiting the Jews. The tree and the stone want the Muslim
to bring every Jew to his end. You all know the Hadith."
[PA TV, May 13, 2005 - view this clip here
3. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi
"All the weapons must be aimed at the Jews, Allah’s enemies, the
cursed nation in the Koran, whom Allah describes as monkeys and
pigs, worshippers of the calf and idol worshippers…
"Nothing will deter them except the color of blood in their filthy
nation … unless we blow ourselves up, willingly and as our duty, in
"We will fight against them and rule over them until the Jew will
hide behind the tree and rock and the tree and rock will
say: ´Muslim! Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill
[PA TV, August 3, 2001]
4. Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, Sharia [Islamic Law] Rulings Council and
Rector of Advanced Studies, Islamic University
"We the Palestinian nation, our fate from Allah is to be the
vanguard of the war against the Jews until resurrection as the
prophet Muhammad said: ´Resurrection will not arrive until you will
fight the Jews and kill them.´ We the Palestinians are the vanguard
in this issue and in this campaign whether or not we want this."
[PA TV, July 28, 2000]
5 . Dr. Hassan Khater
"Muhammad said in his Hadith: ’The Hour [of Resurrection] will not
arrive until you fight the Jews and the rock and the tree will say:
O Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill
"...Allah meant our land and our people and meant our trees and our
[PA TV, December 27, 2004]