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Following Hamas’ stunning election victory in the Palestinian Authority, everyone has an opinion of the group that has terrorized Israel with suicide bombings and rocket attacks for nearly 20 years.
But few – including journalists – have bothered to do something as simple as read the group’s own charter to see what the Islamic Resistance Movement says about itself and its enemies.
For instance, Americans might be shocked to learn that Hamas believes the Rotary and Lions Clubs are “secret societies” that are part of the international Zionist conspiracy.
“For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained,” states Article 22 of the charter. “They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realization of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.”
The section goes on to suggest the Zionists were also behind World War I, the League of Nations, World War II and the United Nations.
“All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions,” the charter states. “They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It [Zionism] is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.”
More well-known, perhaps, is the institutionalized anti-Semitic strain that runs throughout Hamas ideology – including its charter. It doesn’t just call for the destruction of Israel, it calls for the killing of all Jews.
“Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious,” says the charter. “It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realized.
The charter then goes on to quote a hadith, or narrative of Muhammad: “The Day of Judgment will not come about until 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. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
The charter also equates the Jews with the Nazis, who waged an extermination campaign against them.