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Hamas Not Cool, Says President and Hamas’s Own Founding Document

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,, 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.


  1. sx123 2023-10-11 08:10

    Palestine doesn’t recognize Israel as a country, rather an intruder, from what I understand

    All I know is that the world is full of cavemen with access to big weapons and normal people, just walking around, die as a result.

  2. sx123 2023-10-11 08:21

    Israel responding how they are is BS too, like they have a license to starve and kill now. And again, we’ll happily supply countries with weapons so more people die. I really dont know how some people live with themselves.

  3. e platypus onion 2023-10-11 09:26

    In case you hadn’t noticed, terrorism goes both ways and Israel is even less a victim as magats claim they are. Israel perpetrates terrorism all over in the name of self preservation and you can blame Israel’s intelligence apparatus for utterly failing to detect Hamas attacks.

    2 states or none.

  4. Dicta 2023-10-11 09:28

    What really incenses me is the Hamas’ leadership is chilling in Qatar, leading a life of luxury while Palestinians are butchered en masse due to Hamas’ actions. Sure is easy to be brave when you are countries away. But they are winning this way. Hamas keeps storing, and firing weapons from, schools so that Israel either doesn’t return fire or, if it does, ensures the death of children and a new generation of martyrs. Netanyahu is a nationalist psychopath and this will only embolden his basest impulses. Everybody sucks.

  5. O 2023-10-11 10:08

    Who would have thought that a bunch of white Westerners drawing arbitrary national lines on a map with no regard to nationalities, religions, and age-old grudges would lead to anything but long-term stability for the Mid-East.

    Let the partisan blaming begin. The Republicans are incorrectly trying to hang this assault/invasion on Biden saying he funded Hamas by letting Iran get US funds.

    The better story/theory is that President Trump helped Hamas through Russia by leaking sensitive intel.

  6. John 2023-10-11 10:25

    Thomas Friedman offers imperative context. Points include:
    a) the Palestinian Authority recognizes Israel’s right to exist.
    b) HAMAS, an Arabic acronym, does not recognize Israels right to exist and has as its mission to kill all Jews and eradicate Israel.
    c) it’s likely HAMAS goal is goading Israel to brutally occupy parts of Gaza – thus provoking moderate Muslims to turn against Saudi Arabian recognition of Israel, the peace process, and the 2-state solution. Restated, HAMAS goal is to strengthen the Muslim zealots in the region against Muslim moderates, Israel, and, ultimately, the west.
    d) the Israeli government is virtually incompetent, run by several thugs and quasi-crooks who prior to the HAMAS attack focused on preventing their Supreme Court from reigning in the worst of the Israeli government. The Israeli equivalent of the secretary of defense is so radical the Israeli Army rejected his application to join when he was younger.

  7. e platypus onion 2023-10-11 10:34

    ps dumbass dubya’s decision for regime change in Iraq brought on predicted rise of Iran as ME dominant power.and left the area totally destabilized.

  8. All Mammal 2023-10-11 10:37

    Dragging us to war is favorable for too many of our enemies. This is bad. Depriving Palestinians of food? Murdering Jews? Please no. I wish we’d start by calmly relieving a few who will never allow peace in our lifetimes. Why is Putin still alive and Trump not dangling like a piece of strange fruit? Save the planet and its bystanders a world of hurt by using precision to remove the cancer, not whole amputations. Killing in the name is absurd.

    What do thirty-something year old women in SD do to help? Honestly. My ‘Kill the twump, save the man’ campaign is struggling. It isn’t going well in the twumpkin exorcism department. They’re all gacked beyond my capabilities.

  9. P. Aitch 2023-10-11 11:02

    Weapons and ammunition have “use by” dates. Young troops and volunteers need “on the job” experience. Leaders need wars to provide a lever toward re-election. The region’s history is characterized by a mixture of political, religious, and cultural conflicts, making the classification of “war” subjective at times.

  10. e platypus onion 2023-10-11 12:42

    If memory serves, the US asked Nothinyahoo to stop expanding settlements in occupied territories using taxpayer bucks and he has kept expanding. Israel has ignored dozens, if not hundreds, of UN resolutions pertaining to the ME and all it took was ignoring a couple of UN resos, plus blatant lies from Colin Powell for dumbass dubya to declare war on Iraq. Why not Israel?

  11. larry kurtz 2023-10-11 13:52

    If I were the incarnation of the Second Coming Israel would be wiped off the map first.

  12. P. Aitch 2023-10-11 15:16

    The radical rights official talking point is …
    Sorry You’re Offended, But ‘Palestine’ Does Not Exist
    Although one day it might, Palestine doesn’t exist today. An independent Arab Palestine has never existed. It didn’t exist under the Ottoman rule or the British Mandate or, in the end, under a United Nations Partition Plan that was rejected by every single Arab state and Palestinian leadership. It didn’t exist when the Palestinians were governed by governments in Jordan and Egypt (a time when there was virtually no international pressure to create an independent Palestine) and it didn’t come into existence when the Arab states rejected Israel’s peace gestures after the 1967 and 1973 wars. –

  13. M 2023-10-11 17:06

    Jihad of the soul will never die, it just changes names.

  14. larry kurtz 2023-10-11 17:09

    Shaka, when the walls fell.

  15. grudznick 2023-10-11 17:56

    Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.

  16. grudznick 2023-10-11 18:09

    Kiteo, his eyes closed.

  17. grudznick 2023-10-11 18:13

    Zinda, his eyes red.

  18. cibvet 2023-10-11 19:13

    Israel operates on the same plane as the United States when it used “Manifest Destiny” to depose the Native Americans and Mexicans from this country. Israel controls all the food,water fuel, fishing , transportation, and wages of the Gaza Strip and Golon Heights. Most places would consider that a prison. It is Israel occupied territory so there can never be a 2 state solution or they lose control and have to admit that Palestinians are equal as human beings,something long overdue in this country for non whites.

  19. Arlo Blundt 2023-10-11 19:25

    It will be a bloodbath and could continue for years. Israel is preparing to unleash its’ Army to drive the length of Gaza (approximately 25 miles) where two million people live, disperse Hamas into neighboring Jordan and Egypt, whose Armies may well engage them in a war of attrition. The remains of ISIS in Syria may try to come to the rescue. We have troops in Syria and will have an aircraft carrier off shore and guided missle frigates. We’ll make short work of them if they attack our troops. Lebanon may erupt again. Whether we like it or not, it is time to eliminate threats from Iran supported terrorists.

  20. P. Aitch 2023-10-11 19:44

    China’s Stance on the Israel-Hamas Conflict: The whole shebang is USA’s fault.

    Beijing is presenting itself as a better peacemaker in the Middle East on the heels of its successful role in brokering a deal between Saudi Arabia and Iran earlier this year.

    What they’re saying: “The U.S. has been making plans for solving Palestine-Israel conflict without involving Palestine; and then it forces such plan on Palestine,” Liu Zhongmin, a professor at the Middle East Studies Institute of Shanghai International Studies University, told the state-backed Global Times.

  21. larry kurtz 2023-10-11 19:55

    Kiazi’s children, they’re faces wet.

  22. grudznick 2023-10-11 19:59

    Karno in the forest with Mira.

  23. larry kurtz 2023-10-11 20:06

    Peace or utter destruction.

  24. grudznick 2023-10-11 20:23


  25. All Mammal 2023-10-11 22:30

    Whats Star Trek got to do with this pogrom? Is it an inside joke or am I just a dingus? Both.

  26. larry kurtz 2023-10-12 08:09

    It’s no secret this interested party would like to see Israel rolled back to 1917 borders and its Jewish inhabitants moved to Utah or Nevada and no Middle East leader is more unstable than Bibi Netanyahu. President Harry Truman failed the United States by recognizing the illegal creation of Israel.

  27. larry kurtz 2023-10-13 10:05

    Palestine should have remained under British control and subjects of the Crown and the Jewish diaspora should have been assimilated into the global community.

  28. larry kurtz 2023-10-13 10:07

    Israel is the size of Vermont and if it has a right to exist it should be a county in Utah.

  29. grudznick 2023-10-13 12:32

    Mr. Stan probably doesn’t agree with grudznick’s close personal friend Lar. Mr. Stan would put it roughly from the Slim Buttes down to Battle Mountain, if he had his way.

  30. larry kurtz 2023-10-13 14:12

    Leave it to Mr. Adelstein to consider putting 10 million Jews on treaty lands in western South Dakota.

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