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’.

 

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The recent conflict: reflections on Israel, on the Hamas, and the western media

In the recent conflict between Hamas-led Gaza-Palestine and Israel, the Health Ministry of Gaza-Palestine claimed that there were over 2,000 fatalities, making no distinction between militant and civilian deaths. Israel believes however that between 750 and 1,000 of the Palestinian dead were in fact militant fatalities. Numbers of deaths – especially the low Israeli casualty rate – were the fixation of foreign news correspondents covering the war. While any civilian death during war is tragic, civilians have always died in war, and the statistics ought to be contrasted with those mounting in the neighbouring Syrian inter-communal conflict. Over the past 3-years, the Syrian civil war has claimed an estimated 190,000 lives, or about 70,000 more than the number of people who have EVER died in the Arab-Israeli conflict since it began a century ago.

In spite of this, western news organisations have long decided that the Arab-Israeli conflict is much more important than say the killing of women in Pakistan (more than 1,600 women murdered there last year alone), many raped or burned, or the on-going rubbing out of Tibet by China and of the very idea of a Tamil Eelam by Sri Lanka, carnage in Congo and the Central African Republic, and the over 60,000 deaths in the Mexican drug wars. Nope… for westerners the most important story in the world is Israel, and for many local authorities in Scotland and other parts of the UK it is extremely important to show solidarity with Israel’s fascist opponents by flying their green, red, white and black flag.

What is especially important for the western press in the Israel-Palestinian story is Israel itself. 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 5-years after the end of his term!! When is the next election to be held in Gaza-Palestine? Or, is it ok that the Hamas election victory was the last election victory celebration ever to be held there?). The western press narrative – and the one that we gobble up and support – is that ‘the Palestinians’ exist as passive victims.

While western media focus on the flag-waving jubilant Gazan mobs who actually believe they have won a victory (surely only the sort of victory that the ‘Black Knight’ in the Monty Python sketch might get excited about!!) the reality is very different. Once again, with all the flowery Arab rhetoric stripped away, the real victor is Israel. Fact:… All of the Hamas conditions for a cease-fire were rejected, and the organisation sued for a truce without any of its demands being met.

The way the war was fought by Israel has given pause to Hamas and the heads of the more powerful Hezbollah about engaging soon in another military clash with Israel. As Gaza-Palestinians reflect on the damage to their lives and property resulting from the Hamas decision to launch rockets from the Strip’s most populated areas, they might just think about conveying the message to their government that they want to avoid making any more sacrifices.

The Hamas leadership will certainly be shaken to see their rockets rendered largely impotent by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system (the system that some western observers said that Israel ought to give Gaza too !!! What planet do they live on??). Shaken too they will be by the destruction of the attack tunnels in which they invested massively, and used cement and other materials that would have been better utilised by the civilian population. In addition several of their most senior figures were killed in targeted attacks after Israeli intelligence penetrated their inner sanctum.

Israel’s willingness to carry out a sustained, punishing air and ground war, at great cost in casualties and to the international image of the country, will have underscored to both the Hamas and Hezbollah that when kidnapping and targeting civilian populations is employed, Israel will act.

New war against Gaza ? – Yes, inevitably

While it is the rise and advance of the fighters of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, sometimes known as ISIS) that is engaging western news and journalists as far as the Middle East is concerned, a continuation of hot war between Israel and Gaza-Palestine is imminent. When it does begin, Israel will no doubt be accused of ‘worsening the situation in the Middle East’, but what Israel will be doing however is defending its own citizens against indiscriminate rocket and other ballistic ordinance.

rocketattacks9 Aftermath of ordinance fired into Israel

Sporadically since a spike of rocket fire in March 2014 and a new spike in June 2014, Israel has suffered the most serious ballistic attacks into its territory since 2012. This is the outcome of a drive to re-arm by terrorist groups in Gaza-Palestine – Hamas and Islamic Jihad – which have acquired heavy missiles and long-range rocketry in addition to the continued construction of lower technology weaponry. It is the outcome of a drive by Hamas and its agents to show President-for-life Mahmoud Abbas that it is not he who is the master of the various Palestines.

The most likely response from Israel is renewed full-scale military action against Gaza-Palestine, and possibly a temporary military takeover of the entity similar to a 2002 operation in the West Bank. During the operation – known as Operation Defensive Shield – the IDF temporarily took control of Palestinian cities in West-Bank-Palestine in an attempt to wipe out terrorist strongholds after a huge surge in suicide attacks.

rocketattacks17Aftermath of ordinance fired into Israel

Although Israeli casualties continue to be light, the intention of the indiscriminate fire of Qassam missiles, mortars, katyushas, and heavier rocketry into Israel is to kill. Many western commentators and interest groups (not least the Church of Scotland) consider the damage done to Israelis as of no consequence and the weaponry harmless. However, it might be a good idea to look at the ordinance involved and some pictures of the damage that can be done.

Qassam missiles were developed by the Hamas terrorist organisation itself, with the aid of Iran, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Authority. The rocket was named after the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, itself named after an Islamic Mujahid who led a Palestinian group in the 1930s. The missile, which can reach to a distance of 20 km, is fuelled by a mixture of potassium nitrate and sugar (solid propellant) – one reason why Israel checks goods and supplies entering Gaza and requests that shipping bound for the entity dock at the Israeli port of Ashdod close by.

Terror groups in Gaza – especially Hamas – make use of mortar shells too. Mortar rockets are aimed at Israeli forces operating along the security fence, at the crossings (especially Kerem Shalom) and at the Israeli communities close to the security fence, such as Netiv Ha’asara, Kibbutz Kerem Shalom and Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

Then there is Katuysha rocket, much more advanced both in distance and design than the Qassam missile, Katuysha rockets are used to target heavily populated Israeli cities like Ashkelon. The Iranian-produced, 122mm Grad Katuysha rockets launched from Gaza have landed countless times in both industrial and residential areas of Ashkelon.

There is a clear inevitability about the end-result of the barrages using these weapons. History will be repeating itself. The scene as it plays out will be so reminiscent of the shrill encounters during and after ‘Operation Cast Lead’ in 2008-2009. That particular military response was sparked by the same thing – indiscriminate firing of missiles and other ordinance from Gaza into Israel. And again, the script is written. It will be exactly the same one as before. Gazan civilians will die because of the use of school playgrounds, mosques and hospital roofs for the launching of the ordinance and from the resulting counter-attack from Israel.

Sderot11Aftermath of ordinance fired into Israel

No matter how hard they will try for a surgical response, the Israeli military will kill Palestinians – civilians have always died in military conflicts – and of course, from the same script as before, when it is a child or infant that is killed, then for Hamas and Islamic Jihad so much the better. They are masters at managing the western media. Western correspondents will wail and lament right on cue.

And, same script again, we will be reminded of the body count – all those ‘innocent’ dead Palestinians, against only a handful of Israeli casualties. How we love the body counts and how we love to shout out about proportionality of response.

One important point though… it is always the intention that a rocket fired by a terrorist group from Gaza should kill Israeli citizens. Look at the pictures. Is this how you would want to live, or want your citizens to live on a daily basis?

Israel and Gaza-Palestine: yet another conflict?

Earlier this week both the Israeli Intelligence Minister, Yuval Steinitz, and the Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman, have stated that the Israeli military – the IDF – will have no choice but to enter Gaza and to occupy the entity for a limited period so that they can prevent Palestinian terrorist groups from firing rockets into Israel.

In these first couple of weeks of March 2014, Israel has suffered the largest rocket barrages into its territory since 2012, and it was known that terrorist groups in Gaza – Hamas and Islamic Jihad – were arming themselves with heavy missiles and long-range rocketry at a rate ‘reminiscent of the Lebanese terror organisation Hezbollah’.

Any military takeover of Gaza is likely to be carried out in a manner similar to the 2002 Operation Defensive Shield, during which the IDF temporarily took control of Palestinian cities in West-Bank-Palestine in an attempt to wipe out terrorist strongholds after a huge surge in suicide attacks.

The Israeli government – like any government – has to defend own its citizens, and, as in Israel’s case, even if such defensive measures jeopardise peace talks with the Palestinians. But, the so-called Palestinian Authority (what authority? which Palestine?) has singularly failed to effectively govern Gaza-Palestine and to prevent terrorist groups from targeting Israeli civilians and smuggling arms. And, as the flimsy peace talks go on, Israel has to be very careful before President-for-Life Mahmoud Abbas is entrusted with any further security responsibilities.

Although no Israeli casualties were reported in the recent barrages, and in what have been the largest attacks from the entity since Operation Pillar of Defence in late 2012, this could not have been known beforehand by the militant groups firing the ordinance indiscriminately into Israel. There is a certain inevitability about the end-result though.

History will be repeating itself. The scene as it plays out will be so reminiscent of the shrill encounters during and after ‘Operation Cast Lead’ in 2008-2009. That military response was set in train for precisely the same reason – the indiscriminate firing of missiles and other ordinance from Gaza into Israel over some time.

Again, the script is already written and it will be exactly the same one as before. Civilians are almost certain to die because of the use of school playgrounds and hospital roofs for the launching of the ordinance and from the resulting counter-attack from Israel. No matter how hard they try to be surgical in their responses, the Israeli military will kill Palestinians – civilians have always died in military conflicts – and, if a child or infant is killed, then for Hamas and Islamic Jihad so much the better. They are masters at managing the western media.

And again, like all the other times, we will be reminded of the body count – all those ‘innocent’ dead Palestinians, against only a handful of Israeli casualties. How we love the body counts and how we love to shout out about proportionality of response.

One important point though… it is always the intention that a rocket should kill Israeli citizens.

Suha Arafat! Watch your back!

After years of accusations against Israel since the death of her husband Yasser Arafat in 2004 – or rather, after years of towing the ‘party line’ – his widow Suha Arafat has recently accused someone from inside his own circle of poisoning him. The new accusation that it had been his own Palestinian friends – those likely to want to succeed him, not to put too fine a point on it – rather than the Israelis who had done away with him has of course been met with a coldness towards Suha. The Arafat widow currently lives in great luxury in Paris on the financial resources – gifted by you and me, European and American tax-payers and aid-givers – that should be returned to Gaza and Ramallah.

The most interesting response from the Palestinian leadership is the one which states: ‘nobody should enter into accusations of this kind. he’s the leaders of the Palestinian people. We shouldn’t differ on these issues. It’s a disaster for our national cause’. (What ??? Yet another one???)

In other words, no matter that the narrative – that Israel carried out the killing of Arafat with polonium – is a falsehood, is wrong, the lie has to be perpetuated no matter what.

Polonium? Russia has form on this. Look to the route that maps out:… Russia – to – Russian port at Latakia (Syria) – to – Hamas/Hezbollah -to – the vipers nest which is the Palestinian leadership.

Oh!… and Suha… watch your back!

Palestine: racially inclusive?… we doubt that !

The website of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) has mounted the statement issued by the Findhorn Foundation (FF), following approaches to its management said to have been made both by ‘many’ members of the FF and representatives of the SPSC. The FF statement talks of ‘a constructive meeting’ with the SPSC and how the FF clarifies ‘the principles enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Earth Charter, the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees’ etc etc etc. It also goes on to talk about how the FF states its ‘unequivocal support for racially inclusive communities and communities that honour and celebrate the full diversity of humankind’. We are reminded too that members at Findhorn ‘will now work to move the FF management to more active support for the Palestinian appeal for international support’.

So… no word of the other party to the political future of the region then? We mean of course Israel. And all this from a body which, in its website disclaimer above content around the Conference of the International Communal Studies Association, claims not to support any political parties or organisations, take political positions, or endorse political campaigns or activities’. The FF will argue of course that because the SPSC is not a political party it is not expressing a political view etc etc etc.

One has to wonder how the FF can unequivocally support ‘racially inclusive communities and communities that honour and celebrate the full diversity of humankind’, and at the same time provide solace to a political campaign that gives active support to electorates and leaderships guided by constitutions which are not racially inclusive and which neither honour nor celebrate the full diversity of humankind. One must wonder indeed.

The founding principles of the FF and its community are said to be: deep inner listening, and acting from that source of wisdom; co-creation with the intelligence of nature; and, service to the world. Nobody can question this sweet reasonableness, and the principles of FF seems very much at one with those of the the Bahá’í Faith (BF). The BF talks of an unfettered search after truth, the promotion of concord and harmony, and the goal of a peaceful, ordered and progressive society.

Though the BF was founded by Bahá’u’lláh in 19th-century Persia, today the BF and its teaching is persecuted in Iran, so Haifa on the Mediterranean coast of Israel has become something of a safe haven for the Faith. In the same way today, Arab Christians find safe haven in Israel because their own faith too is suffering persecution – in Palestine.

Something of a pattern emerges therefore, does it not? That the world centre of the BF is located in Israel ought to alert the FF that it may be making a mistake in supporting a fringe group that nourishes fascism on the borders of Israel and beyond. Do they need anything else of a stark reminder of what can happen to the sweet and reasonable ? Think in terms of the lamb or rabbit surrounded by wolves and other predators.  Think about the Bahá’í Faith and its flight from Persia/Iran.

Israel attacks Syrian poison-gas resources: What ? No dead baby photograph?

Propagandists in Syria and among Hezbollah (Lebanon) and Hamas (entity of Gaza) were caught unprepared when Israel launched attacks on scientific and research (poison gas/weapons of mass destruction) facilities in Syria recently. So unprepared were they that they couldn’t roll out the usual library pictures and footage of dead and injured babies in time. Indeed, far from invoking the tired old ‘dead baby’ images after an Israeli action, Syrian reports instead mentioned that ‘dozens of elite troops’ were killed in the air-strikes some of which were close to the presidential palace. In addition, the scientific and research facilities were admitted to have been located in some of Syria’s most tightly secured and strategic areas.

A success for Israel all around then, this blog would say: no unpleasant collateral (neither real or imaginary); damage to both scientific and military resources; and, Syrian security shown to be a paper tiger. The action also showed the USA that the consequences of such an attack can be minimal.

What is more… the fact that a UN high official, Carla del Ponte, a Swiss citizen,  has only today  indicated that BOTH the Syrian rebels AND the Syrian government forces have used poison-gases (weapons of mass destruction) makes the Israeli action, and other likely forthcoming actions, more pressing, and in some way also vindicates Israel. Basically, both sides in the Syrian civil war are in possession of WMD.

It shows that the ‘red lines’ much trumpeted by the US President are really just pink or slightly pinky-white lines, and that no Israeli government is going to stand-by and place its own citizens in danger of chemical weapons attack just because a failed super-power half-a-globe away is unable to re-set its compass.