Hamas Watch: Analysis and Quotes

Hamas—The Islamic Resistance Movement of Palestine
Yehudit Barsky - February 2006

Movement Cannot Feed Society on Resistance Alone
The Forward - Eran Lerman -

CATEGORY

QUOTE

TERRORISM "Hamas will be active in the resistance as well as in the political domain. There is no contradiction."1
TERRORISM "If you do not vote Hamas, God will punish you at the end."2
TERRORISM "The Americans and Europeans say to Hamas: either you have weapons or you enter the legislative council. We say weapons and the legislative council. There is no contradiction between the two."3
TERRORISM "The resistance is the Palestinians' main tool and option and will remain so."4
TERRORISM "The resistance is a tool used to liberate the occupied territories. Once these lands are free, we can speak about other issues. The resistance is not a train that can just be stopped."5
TERRORISM "The resistance and the steadfastness of our people forced the Zionists to withdraw. The resistance is capable of ending the Israeli occupation and achieving all our rights. The armed struggle is the only strategy that Hamas possesses."6
TERRORISM "She [Hamas suicide bomber Re'em Al-Riyashi] is not going to be the last because the march of resistance will continue until the Islamic flag is raised, not only over the minarets of Jerusalem, but over the whole universe."7
CARTOONS "We should have killed all those who offend the Prophet, and instead, here we are, protesting peacefully."8
ISRAEL "Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded. Allah willing, before they die, they will experience humiliation and degradation every day. America will be of no avail to them. Their generals will be of no avail to them. The last of their generals has been forgotten. Allah has made him disappear. He's over. Gone is that Sharon behind whose back they would hide and find shelter, and with whom they would feel relatively secure. Today they have frail leaders, who don't even know where our Lord placed them.

"Allah willing, we will make them lose their eyesight, we will make them lose their brains."9
ISRAEL "Israel is not a legitimate entitity, and no amount of pressure can force us to recognize its right to exist."10
ISRAEL "Hamas has never proposed to change or amend its charter [calling for the destruction of Israel]. The platform presents a realistic view that reflects Hamas's goals for the next four years. Had we spoken of eliminating and eradicating Israel within this period, we would have been deceiving our people and repeating false slogans. But this does not stand in contradiction [to the fact that] we place emphasis on the elimination and non-recognition of Israel."11
ISRAEL "The Palestinian people are already jaded by this one-sided truce, and preparing for a new round of fierce struggle with the Israeli occupation to retrieve every tiny village in occupied Palestine, which we recognize as our sole homeland."12
ISRAEL "History proves that this is the land of the Palestinian people and we will never give up any part of it. If our generation will not succeed to liberate all of historical Palestine, then that mission will be for the following generations."13
ISRAEL "Neither the liberation of the Gaza Strip nor the liberation of the West Bank or even Jerusalem will suffice us. Hamas will pursue the armed struggle until the liberation of all our lands. We don't recognize the state of Israel or its right to hold onto one inch of Palestine. Palestine is an Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims."14
THE WEST "Today, the Arab and Islamic nation is rising and awakening, and it will reach its peak, Allah willing.... It will regain the leadership of the world. Allah willing, the day is not far off."15
THE WEST "Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world. This is not a figment of the imagination, but a fact. Tomorrow we will lead the world, Allah willing."16
THE WEST "Today, you are fighting the army of Allah. You are fighting against peoples for whom death for the sake of Allah, and for the sake of honor and glory, is preferable to life....How can you possibly defeat us?"17
THE WEST "To hell with you all."18
THE WEST "The West brought all this freedom to its people but it is that freedom that has brought about the death of morality in the West. It's what led to phenomena like homosexuality, homeless and AIDS."19
THE WEST "I don't trust the term 'moderate.' We are already moderate. But if people believe we will be moderate in the Western style, or a pro-Israeli style, that's not moderate. That's corruption."20
SHARIA "The number one thing we will do is take sharia as a source for legislation. Sharia has a soul in it and is good for all occasions."21
SHARIA "A man holds a woman by the hand and dances with her in front of everyone. Does that serve the national interest? If so, why have the phenomena of corruption and prostitution become pervasive in recent years?"22
SHARIA "Are these the laws for which the Palestinian street is waiting? For us to give rights to homosexuals and to lesbians, a minority of perverts and the mentally and morally sick?"23
SHARIA "We will take such measures because we look at examples in the West, like Sweden. They have the highest level of co-education and the highest level of suicides.... We would like our children to have a protected environment. We don't want any distractions for our boys or girls."24
IRAN "Just as Islamic Iran defends the rights of the Palestinians, we defend the rights of Islamic Iran. We are part of a united front against the enemies of Islam."25

CITATION
1Ismail Haniya, #1 Hamas candidate for Palestinian Legislative Council, rejecting a call by the quartet for a renunciation of violence, AFP, January 31, 2006

2Hamas campaigners at Palestinian elections, The Independent, January 30, 2006 (indirect quote from Palestinian woman)

3Ismail Haniya, #1 Hamas candidate for Palestinian Legislative Council, New York Times, January 26, 2006

4Dr. Mahmud al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, WorldNetDaily, October 10, 2005

5Dr. Mahmud al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, WorldNetDaily, October 10, 2005

6Khalid al-Mish'al, leader of Hamas, Jerusalem Post, August 18, 2005

7Dr. Mahmud Al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, Associated Press, January 15, 2004

8Dr. Mahmud al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, speaking about the offensive cartoons printed in Europe, Canadian Jewish News, February 9, 2006

9Dr. Mahmud Al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, Washington Times, February 4, 2006

10Dr. Mahmud Al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, Washington Times, February 4, 2006

11Salah Al-Bardawil, Hamas candidate for Palestinian Legislative Council IslamOnline -- Islamic extremist website -- January 14, 2006

12Khalid al-Mish'al, leader of Hamas, in a speech held at a rally in Damascus, Palestinian Information Center - official Hamas website - December 10, 2005

13Dr. Mahmud Al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, WorldNetDaily, October 10, 2005

14Dr. Mahmud al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, The Jerusalem Post, August 18, 2005

15Khalid al-Mish'al, leader of Hamas, Al-Jazeera TV, February 3, 2006, from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)

16Khalid al-Mish'al, leader of Hamas, Al-Jazeera TV, February 3, 2006, from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)

17Khalid al-Mish'al, leader of Hamas, Al-Jazeera TV, February 3, 2006, from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)

18Khalid al-Mish'al, leader of Hamas, speaking about German Chancellor Merkel's call for Hamas to recognize Israel, Al-Jazeera TV, February 3, 2006, from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)

19Dr. Mahmud Al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, WorldNetDaily, October 10, 2005

20Dr. Mahmud Al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, Newsweek, September 5, 2005

21Sheikh Muhammed Abu Teir, #2 Hamas candidate for Palestinian Legislative Council, Globe and Mail interview, January 28, 2006

22Mahmud al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, The Times (UK), October 7, 2005

23Dr. Mahmud al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, condemning homosexual marriage, The Times (UK), October 7, 2005

24
Sheikh Muhammed Abu Teir, #2 Hamas candidate for Palestinian Legislative Council, speaking on the introduction of single-sex education based on sharia, Globe and Mail interview, January 28, 2006

25
Khalid Mish'al, leader of Hamas, speaking about the bond between Iran and Hamas during a visit to Iran on December 15, 2005, Al Jazeera website, January 26, 2006

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