Daesh, Hamas, Fatah… if not Hezbollah… What do they have in common? They are all fascists

Cometh the hour, cometh the man, and it was the UK parliamentarian Hilary Benn who in December 2015 at last spelt out the moral responsibility to combat fascism in the Middle East. Benn referred to homosexuals being thrown from buildings, the destruction of cultural heritage, mass graves, sex slavery, and murder. He described how our values, tolerance, decency and democracy were held in contempt. Daesh*, he said, are fascists, and fascists must be fought.

While his words gave us focus on Daesh they can equally help us focus on the fascism of the Palestinian leaderships, militant groups, and among large swathes of the general population of the various Palestines (i.e. Hamas-Gaza-Palestine; Fatah-West-Bank-Palestine; and, King-Abdullah-Jordan-Palestine). Indeed, in throwing homosexuals from buildings, Daesh was copying the actions of Hamas in Gaza when they dispatched large numbers of opponents from tall buildings in the entity in the first few days after its election victory there.

The modern State of Israel has been fighting the fascism of Palestinian leaderships for decade after decade.

Fascism lives among elites and among the general population. Their fascism is destructive, and lives in the media, in mosques and in religious study-centres (madrassas). It creates a narrative that refers to the Shoah (the Holocaust) and to how 6,000,000 dead is an exaggeration if not a hoax (the gist of the doctoral thesis written by Mahmoud Abbas in Russia during the Soviet era).

The figure of Adolf Hitler figures large in the modern Palestinian narrative. They boast that they are sorry that Hitler didn’t finish his task, and how they will. All of this is woven into a distorted Palestinian world view and pseudo-historical narrative. In this revised narrative, Jewish presence never existed in the region.

Admiring references to Hitler’s Third Reich can be found in Muslim media, book-shops, and the internet right across the Arab world. Indeed, that Hitler found a key ally in the Holy Land is a historical truth. This ally was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Amin al-Husseini – the man spotlighted by Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year.

The Grand Mufti had been glorified by the German press as ‘the fuhrer of the Middle East’ when he visited Berlin in 1941. Al-Husseini organised a Muslim SS Battalion that slaughtered 90% of Bosnia’s Jews and made broadcasts to the Middle East urging Muslims to honour Allah by implementing their own Final Solution. Yasser Arafat, the founder of the PLO (you know… the great Palestinian… born in Egypt), was the Grand Mufti’s nephew and admirer.

The leaderships of the various ‘Palestines’ of Gaza and the West Bank are locked into a struggle for control over their peoples, and while they agree on very little they each fly the fascist flag, so to speak. As described above, the President in the Fatah-West-Bank-Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, completed his doctoral dissertation in Russia (at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences) and published it in 1984 under the title, ‘The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism’. He claimed that 6,000,000 Jewish deaths at the hands of the Nazis is ‘a gross exaggeration’.

Then there is Hamas…  Hamas is an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 by schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna, who modelled his organisation on Mussolini’s bully-boys and Hitler’s brown-shirts. The Hamas founder, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, an admirer of Hitler, was also inspired by Izz al-Din al-Kassam whose followers killed Jews during the 1936-1939 Uprising – during the British period – and then joined the Grand Mufti in providing the Nazi-Germans with Middle Eastern operatives during World War II. Some of today’s militants in Gaza name their rocketry after al-Kassam – the Kassam or Qassam missiles.

Indeed, the Hamas founding charter (1988) relies heavily on the distortions and untruths of the proven hoax called the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’. It is a charter that could have been written by Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and any number of Austrian, Polish or Russian anti-Semites.

Unfortunately, there is never any real analysis of Palestinian society or its fascist ideologies, or any profiles of armed fascist Palestinian groups, or investigations into the Palestinian government (Mahmoud Abbas is still President in West-Bank-Palestine 6-years after the end of his term, 2005-2009… and since the Hamas election victory in Gaza in 2006 there has been no other election victory celebration there).

One person who has offered analysis of the Hamas leadership in Gaza is Suha Arafat. Last November (2014), on the tenth anniversary of her husband’s death, she expressed dismay at Hamas, and how the terror group had attacked Fatah leaders and buildings after its takeover of the Gaza Strip. Further, she said that Hamas was ruining the futures of Gaza youth, and committing ‘genocide’ upon its own people. The Hamas-generation has grown up with violence, without education, and with emigration as their only hope.

Other analysis has come from Bassem Eid, the founder and former director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG). Eid is an advocate for peace with Israel, and a critic of terrorism and is part of the ‘Stop the Boycott’ movement.

Eid also reminds us of the statistics of the suffering brought upon Gaza-Palestine by Hamas and other terror groups and their affiliated Rocket Brigades: how some 5 million tons of rubble remains in Gaza; how 200,000 workers have lost their means of employment; how 80% of the Gazan people are surviving on welfare; how 40% of Gazans are living below poverty lines; and, how 22,000 Gazans are homeless.

He reminds us too how none of this is Israel’s fault and how the responsibility for the fate of Gaza-Palestine lies with its government – Hamas… not Israel.

We should all be reminded that Daesh, Hamas, Fatah, if not Hezbollah too, all have something in common. They are all fascists. Israel knows this, we should too.

*Daesh…: An acronym for the Arabic phrase al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or ISIS or ISIL. The word ‘Daesh’ is preferred by many because it is similar to the Arabic words ‘Daes’, ‘one who crushes something underfoot’ and ‘Dahes’, translated as ‘one who sows discord’.



Bassem Eid… the Palestinian who blasts Hamas and Fatah

Somebody that the SPSC should be listening a lot more to is Bassem Eid, the founder and former director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG). Bassem Eid is an advocate for peace with Israel, and a critic of terrorism and is part of the ‘Stop the Boycott’ movement.

Indeed, those posting in social media in the last few days lamenting the loss of lives in Gaza and lack of reconstruction in the wake of the 1st anniversary of Israel’s defensive ‘Operation Protective Edge’ should also pay attention to Bassem Eid.

There is one pure and simple reason why there has been a year-long delay in the reconstruction of the entity, says Eid…: In spite of a so-called Unity Government, both Hamas (Gaza-Palestine) and Mahmoud Abbas (West-Bank-Palestine) want to hold the purse strings of the reconstruction funds for Gaza, which donor nations have pledged at some US $ 5.5 billion.

As far as Hamas is concerned, the top priority is the reconstruction of its military capabilities and terror tunnels. Why ?  Because Egyptians have created a 2-kilometer buffer zone and have removed smuggling tunnels that have made Hamas leaders into billionaires. What is the result of this ? This has meant that new general taxes on Gazans have had to be imposed, and in addition, a new mosque tax in Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan has been conjured up. Each person who wishes to stay in a mosque for Ramadan services must pay 20 shekels from the 19th of Ramadan to the 29th of Ramadan… that’s 200 shekels thank you very much!!

Relying on testimonies submitted by ordinary Gazans, a report by The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), has stated that the taxes imposed on different commodities and services in the Gaza Strip have aggravate the suffering of the people. These are not Israeli taxes (the entity is no longer administered by Israel)…. these are Hamas taxes!!

Bassem Eid also reminds us of the statistics of the suffering brought upon Gaza-Palestine by Hamas and other terror groups and their affiliated Rocket Brigades:

  • 5 million tons of rubble remains in Gaza
  • 200,000 workers have lost their means of employment
  • 80% of the Gazan people are surviving on welfare
  • 40% of Gazans are living below poverty lines
  • 22,000 Gazans are homeless
  • 29 Palestinians were executed by Hamas during the war
  • several terror bombings occurred in the Gaza strip by (internal Gazan) Salafist groups

Eid was in touch with other Gazans in Khan Younis and Shuja’iyya who said that:

  • the rule of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is like throwing us into a pit… if Hamas continues their policies, they will bring more death and destruction to their own people
  • we are living under a dictatorship regime… Hamas kills any opposition… since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, there is an absence of any Palestinian political factions in the Gaza Strip… today it looks as if the next upcoming war bells are ringing
  • the situation in Gaza right now is that hunger, poverty and unemployment reached the highest percentage since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip

According to Eid it is both Hamas and Fatah should be held responsible for the fact that there are no schools, no hospitals, no electricity and no proper drinking water for Gazans.

Get that???… Not Israel’s responsibility or fault… But that of Hamas and Fatah…!!!

East Jerusalem prefers to be Israeli – Embarrassing for Baroness Ashton, and the SPSC

In recent days, Baroness Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has pressed Israel a bit over the issuing of new guidelines restricting European (Union) interaction with Israeli bodies lying beyond the so-called ‘1967 lines’. The lines referred to are of course not so much internationally recognised borders agreed between states, but rather cease-fire lines from an earlier conflict.

The Israeli government will of course continue to press the point about the status of these lines and how only Israel and the Palestinians themselves can come to agreement on the borders between themselves, however, many thousands of Palestinian Arabs now living in Jerusalem will be anxiously watching and listening to Ashton and the EU too.

Why? Because they much prefer to be living in Israel in a united Jerusalem, rather than living in any EU-backed Palestinian component of a divided city.

Evidence for this? Simply the fact that the Palestinian Authority itself is worried about the rise in the number of Palestinians from Jerusalem who are seeking Israeli citizenship. By 2012, some 10,000 Palestinians from Jerusalem had been granted Israeli citizenship. Indeed Hatem Abdel Kader in the ruling Fatah faction in the West Bank, has attributed the growing phenomenon to the failure of the Palestinian Authority and the Arab and Islamic countries to help the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. He has pretty well admitted that Israel is doing more for these Palestinians than the Palestinian leadership and the entire Arab and Islamic countries.

Indeed, the number of applicants for Israeli citizenship has intensified. Palestinians living in Jerusalem enjoy the status of permanent residents of Israel. This means that they hold Israeli ID cards but do not have Israeli passports. As permanent residents, they are entitled to all the rights of an Israeli citizen, with the exception of voting in general elections. Israeli law, however, allows any resident to apply for citizenship.

In the first few years after Jerusalem became the capital of Israel, few Palestinians applied for Israeli citizenship because among their compatriots it was considered an act of treason to do so, and the PLO (the terrorist body, the Palestine Liberation Organisation) openly threatened Palestinians who obtained it. After 1993 however, and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the number of applicants increased dramatically and Palestinians were no longer afraid or ashamed to stand outside the offices of the Interior Ministry in Jerusalem to apply for Israeli citizenship.

The main reason the Palestinians rushed to apply for Israeli citizenship was their fear that Israel would also cede control over east Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority. Their biggest fear of all was they would lose all the privileges they enjoy as residents living under Israeli sovereignty, including free health care and education, and freedom of movement and work. The big plus too was that their living conditions were far better than those living under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority. Areas under their jurisdiction suffered from lack of democracy and massive financial corruption. Many of those who have applied for Israeli citizenship are Christians from Jerusalem who are also afraid of ending up under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority or Hamas.

There is no denying that applying for Israeli citizenship, in defiance of PLO and Hamas warnings, is also a political statement on the part of the applicants. They are actually making clear that they would prefer to live under Israel (the big bad Jewish state) than under any Arab rule.

This must be huge embarrassment to the likes of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, if not for Baroness Ashton and the EU. Oh dear!

Yasser Arafat – Hamas -Fatah – Elections no more – Palestine no more

Isn’t it odd how quiet has gone the matter of the exhumation of the body of Yasser Arafat and examination of the remains for evidence of his having been poisoned (presumably by the bad bad Israelis). The deathly silence about the matter on the Palestinian side might make one wonder if perhaps the inept, corrupt, lying, cheating old fascist hadn’t been bumped off by his own cronies rather than the Israelis.

If current inter-Palestinian relations are anything to go by, then it isn’t too hard to imagine that this indeed was the case. Rival Palestinian factions, Fatah in Samaria and Judea (often referred to as the West Bank), and Hamas in Gaza, cannot agree on when, how, or even whether to hold elections for the legislative council (or parliament) and the office of president. The current president, Mahmoud Abbas, based in Ramallah in the West Bank was elected for a 4-year term in 2005 – gosh!… nearly 8-years ago. The legislative council (or parliament) which is based in Gaza, and was taken over by Hamas, was elected for a 4-year term in 2006 – ouch!… nearly 7-years ago. After it took over in Gaza, Hamas began a systematic liquidation of Fatah opponents in the enclave. How’s that for Palestinian democracy?

In spite of all the talk of the ‘ummah’ or the ‘nation’ or ‘community’ of Islam that is supposed to transcend the idea of nationality, in spite of all the brotherly rhetoric, the two strongly competing movements (Hamas and Fatah) have widely opposing viewpoints, and each fear the other seeks control of their own territories.

Abbas has continued a security co-operation with Israel which has led to the arrest of many Hamas terrorists by both West Bank forces and Israeli forces. Such co-operation together with the well-constructed security line (heavily criticised in delicate Europe, though not a foreign concept in the UK’s Northern Ireland) has prevented Hamas killers from operating inside Judea and Samaria and from entering Israel. Better trained forces in the West Bank – in marked contrast to the Yasser Arafat years – has now made life very safe for West Bank citizens. They even enjoy secure employment again in Israel and – if they want it – in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

In Gaza meanwhile, with Hamas firmly rooted in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the influence from Egypt grows. And, not often to the benefit of Hamas. For example, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt helped broker the cease-fire after Operation Pillar of Defense some months ago and said that he’d abide by the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

With the much improved conditions of the citizens of the West Bank, will we see West Bank Palestinians eased gently and more comfortably into greater-Jordan when that emerges? Will we see Gazan Palestinians eased into a union with Sinai and a slightly greater-Egypt?

Both these scenarios would greatly benefit Israel. No Palestine though. But that is hardly a shame. Where is Tibet? Where is Tamil Eelam? Where is Kurdistan? Not every people gets to have its own state.