In the midst of new open warfare in the Middle East, we should be thankful that we have elected an experienced, competent, and coherent leader of the free world. President Joe Biden delivered this ten-minute speech from the White House yesterday expressing the United States’ unequivocal condemnation of Hamas’s terrorism:
This attack has brought to the surface painful memories and the scars left by a millennia of antisemitism and genocide of the Jewish people.
So, in this moment, we must be crystal clear: We stand with Israel. We stand with Israel. And we will make sure Israel has what it needs to take care of its citizens, defend itself, and respond to this attack.
There is no justification for terrorism. There is no excuse.
Hamas does not stand for the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination. Its stated purpose is the annihilation of the State of Israel and the murder of Jewish people.
They use Palestinian civilians as human shields.
Hamas offers nothing but terror and bloodshed with no regard to who pays the price [President Joe Biden, speech, WhiteHouse.gov, 2023.10.10].
President Biden is correct in his assessment of Hamas’s stated purpose. The 1988 Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement—Hamas’s founding document—says “The Movement’s programme is Islam…. Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.” The Covenant states (Article 31) that Hamas is a humanistic movement and that Moslems, Jews, and Christians can “coexist in peace and quiet… under the wing of Islam.” But Hamas seeks (Article 11) the imposition of Sharia Law across all of Palestine and (Article 7) “the realisation of Allah’s promise” that the Day of Judgement will come when “…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.”
The Covenant also rejects any peace deals or compromise:
Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they fight. “Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know.”
Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason, with one stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference and participating in it. Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Moslems as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?
…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. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with [Hamas Covenant 1988, Article 13, Yale University: Lillian Goldman Law Library, retrieved 2023.10.11].
For bad measure, Hamas adds (Articles 17–18) that women’s role is to be good mothers and sisters who instill Islam in children and raise men to fight. The Covenant also propounds (Article 22) that your local Rotary and Lions Clubs are part of a centuries-long global Zionist conspiracy.
President Biden is right: Hamas is a rabidly anti-Semitic terrorist organization committed to wiping out Israel and the Jewish people. If you want to advocate for peace and justice for Palenstinians, Hamas is not the group you want on your posters.
Related Reading: Hamas, as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has its roots in Islamist collaboration with Nazi Germany.