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  •  Don't bother with volleyboy (2+ / 0-)

    Hamas leaders and scholars of Hamas (for instance at those extremist outlets the US Institute for Peace and the US Army War College) have repeatedly pointed out that the Charter no longer guides their policy, and hasn't done for years, as is demonstrated by their actions. Hamas today all but accepts the two-state settlement, as even outlets like the Wall Street Journal have been forced to acknowledge. Certainly compared to Israel, which explicitly rejects a two-state settlement (see Netanyahu's speech the other day, or more importantly cf. Israel's actions on the ground), Hamas is a model peacemaker.

    At some point, you just have to decide: is it reasonable to ignore all the mainstream scholarly and news sources and justify Israeli violence and rejectionism on the basis of a few videos from MEMRI? Is it reasonable to infer everything about a group from the fact that some people associated with it say nasty things? Is that the sign of someone who is capable of serious discussion? If not, I wouldn't bother engaging.

    •  Sure they do!! (0+ / 0-)

      That's why the Hamas MP and Cleric, Yunis Al-Astal, on May 11, said on Hamas TV:

      The [Jews] are brought in droves to Palestine so that the Palestinians – and the Islamic nation behind them – will have the honor of annihilating the evil of this gang.

      […]

      All the predators, all the birds of prey, all the dangerous reptiles and insects, and all the lethal bacteria are far less dangerous than the Jews.

      […]

      In just a few years, all the Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre, by means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil.

      […]

      When Palestine is liberated and its people return to it, and the entire region, with the grace of Allah, will have turned into the United States of Islam, the land of Palestine will become the capital of the Islamic Caliphate, and all these countries will turn into states within the Caliphate. When this happens, any Palestinian will be able to live anywhere, because the land of Islam is the property of all Muslims.

      Until this happens, we must reject all the resettlement plans, naturalization, or even reparations prior to the return of the refugees.

      http://www.memritv.org/...

      Do you reject MEMRI more than the filth put forth by this man?  Shall we deny what is clear in the message?  As if he is saying something else?  Why do you try to make people believe that Hamas believes what it steadfastly refuses to explicitly say?  Without MEMRI, fabrications about Hamas's benign intentions would stand uncontradicted.  How else would anyone know the extent of the Jew hatred that is communicated on Al-Aqsa TV?

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