# Note added 22nd July 2014
Professor Ari Shlain on Hamas’s “Terrible Charter.”
Interviewed on BBC Newsnight last night Oxford Professor Ari Shlaim, a prominent academic, writer and critic of Israel, claimed “Palestine does not pose any threat to Israel’s basic security.” An amazing statement while a war is being waged following their strategy of firing thousands of rockets into Israel and their refusal to agree to a cease fire. Since yesterday rockets from Gaza have landed near Tel Aviv airport and civilian flights are being curtailed.
On overall responsibility for the conflict Shlaim again held Israel responsible contending it was a result of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands and of Israel shunning meaningful negotiations over the years.
Asked what Israel should do in view of Hamas’s Charter commitment to the destruction of Israel Shlaim said Hamas had a “Terrible Charter” but had a group of political or military leaders – (he stumbled over this and it’s not clear which leaders he meant to refer to) moving towards moderation.
It’s unlikely that Hamas ‘moving to moderation’ will resolve the situation while it subscribes to its ‘Terrible Charter.’ For Israel to have a peace partner Hamas will have to abandon its charter commitment to the destruction of Israel. An unlikely prospect at this stage.
Thankfully Ban Ki-moon, John Kerry and regional powers are committed to ending the ghastly toll of civilian casualties. Hamas will have to become part of the solution instead of the problem for them to really succeed.
THE GOLDWATCHER AND THE HAMAS CHARTER:
When writing on investing I follow Warren Buffett’s advice and use fact based information such as company financial accounts and regulatory filings. Opinions of others can be useful. But getting to grips with the facts before taking a view on opinions must always make sense
Let me explain what Buffett’s sage advice to investors has to do with this article on the Hamas Charter and the Protocols of Zion. In January 2007 I proposed a fact based, objective and unbiased book addressing the pros and cons of owning gold to the publishers John Wiley & Son. It was an unusual proposal for a book on a subject usually associated with getting rich quick and with pots of gold at the end of rainbows. I launched The Goldwatcher blog in March 2007. Wiley commissioned the book in April and The Goldwatcher reached bookseller’s shelves a few months before the Global Financial Crisis erupted when the investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008.
Since I started writing The Goldwatcher in 2007 movements in the price of gold have been dramatic. Adverse world events that led to investors and institutions owning gold as insurance against financial market and geopolitical risks boosted demand for gold. These adverse events included the economic and geopolitical consequences of nine-eleven, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq; America’s sub prime mortgage and property busts; losses from duff collateralised debt obligations marketed globally by US investment banks; the Global Financial Crisis; The Euro crisis and now the Ukraine crisis. I have attempted to get to grips with and to comment on this formidable range of events for over seven years. But I have not commented on The Israel Palestine conflict already extensively covered by well informed commentators.
However the Middle East is now on the brink of chaos and, while attempting to find facts to help me get a grip on the implications for investors, I read the Hamas Charter and realised why it’s impossible for Israel and Hamas to co-exist in harmony.
ISRAEL PALESTINE & HAMAS:
Of course there are usually at least two sides to disputes and I expected this would be the case in issues between Israel and Palestine.But, with Hamas involved, it isn’t the case.
The Charter Of The Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) OF PALESTINE unambiguously spells out that it exists to destroy the State of Israel. Hamas is the branch of the Islamic Brotherhood claiming to act as the agent of Allah in securing the destruction of the Zionest entity. Hamas imposes an obligation on all Muslims to be part of the Jihad against Israel, promises the reward of eternal life to martyrs in the cause and warns that Hell awaits those who do not.
Some phrases that speak for themselves follow at the end of this posting on Hamas’s interpretation of their religion and their hatred of the Jews.
THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION:
At the end of their Charter Hamas embellish their anti-semitism with a reference to The Protocols of The Elders of Zion. This forgery was published by anti-semites early in the 20th century to promote hatred and it is now universally known as a forgery. Yet Hamas include the Protocols in their Charter as evidence they are not acting only for religious motives.
SELECTED EXTRACTS FROM THE HAMAS CHARTER
Links to the Hamas Charter or Covenant
Charter of the Islamic Resistance Movement : Hamas of Palestine
The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement
#Note: Both links are to the same material. The Covenant link is easier to read
The following extracts from the 5000+ word document reveal Hamas’s beliefs, purpose and plans. The extracts are not in sequence.
‘This is the charter of Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya (Hamas)l [the Islamic Resistance Movement] manifesting its form, unveiling its identity, stating its position, clarifying its expectations, discussing its hopes, and calling for aid, support, and members…
The Messenger is its Leader. The Qur’an is its Constitution. Jihad is its methodology, and Death for the sake of Allah is its most coveted desire.
Israel will be established and will stay established until Islam nullifies it as it nullified what was before…
Our battle with the Jews is long and dangerous, requiring all dedicated efforts. It is a phase which must be followed by succeeding phases, a battalion which must be supported by battalion after battalion of the divided Arab and Islamic world until the enemy is overcome, and the victory of Allah descends…
The Islamic Resistance Movement welcomes all Muslims who adopt its doctrines and ideology, enact its program, guard its secrets, and desire to join its ranks to perform the obligation and receive their reward from Allah…
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a link in [a long] chain of the Jihad against the Zionist occupation…the Prophet of Allah (saas) says: The Last Hour would not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them, …
Allah is its Goal. The Messenger is its Leader. The Qur’an is its Constitution…
Jihad is its methodology, and Death for the sake of Allah is its most coveted desire…
The Islamic Resistance Movement [firmly] believes that the land of Palestine is an Is-islamic Waqf [Trust] upon all Muslim generations till the day of Resurrection. It is not right to give it up nor any part of it. Neither a single Arab state nor all the Arab states…
…neither a King nor a leader, nor all the kings or leaders, nor any organization-Palestinian or Arab-have such authority because the land of Palestine is an Islamic Trust upon all Muslim generations until the day of Resurrection. …
Fighting the enemy becomes the individual obligation of every Muslim man and woman. The woman is allowed to go fight without the permission of her husband and the slave without the permission of his master.
Since this is the case, the liberation of Palestine is obligatory for every Muslim, no matter where he is; it is on this basis that the problem should be viewed, and every Muslim must know this.
Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine is Obligatory
To guard Muslims from infidels in Allah’s cause for one day is better than the world and whatever is on its surface, and a place in paradise as small as that occupied by the whip of one of you is better than the world By Him in whose Hand is Muhammad’s life, I love to be killed in the way of Allah then to be revived to life again, then to be killed and then to be revived …Jihad must be raised. That requires that Islamic education be passed to the masses locally, in the Arab [world and in the Islamic [world], and that the spirit of Jihad-fighting and joining the ranks-must be broadcast among the Ummah (Muslim community)
Resistance Movement went forth to perform its role Mujahida (struggling) for the sake of it’s Lord. The Movement placed its hands with the hands of all the Mujahidin who strive to free Palestine. The souls of its Mujahidin gather with all the souls of the Mujahidin who strove with their souls on the land of Palestine for all time since it was conquered by the companions of the Messenger of Allah (saas) until today.
The Islamic Resistance Movement is an outstanding type of Palestinian movement. It gives its loyalty to Allah, adopts Islam as a system of life, and works toward raising the banner of Allah on every inch of Palestine. Therefore, in the shadow of Islam, it is possible for all followers of different religions to live in peace and with security over their person, property, and rights. In the absence of Islam, discord takes form, oppression and destruction are rampant, and wars and battles take place.
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a link in [a long] chain of the Jihad against the Zionist occupation, which is connected and tied with the initiation [of the Jihad of the Martyr 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam and his Mujahid brothers in 1936. And the chain continues on to connect and tie another episode to add to the jihad of the Palestinians and the jihad of the Muslim Brotherhood in the war of 1948 and the Jihad operation of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1968 and thereafter. Even though the episodes were few and far between, and were not continuous in Jihad due to the obstacles placed by those in the sphere of [influence of] the Zionist entity in the face of the Mujahidin. Even though the Islamic Resistance Movement looks forward to fulfill the promise of Allah no matter how long it takes because the Prophet of Allah (saas) says: The Last Hour would not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them, and until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree
…for an international conference to look into solving the problem. … the Islamic Resistance Movement does not perceive that the conferences are able to deliver the demands, provide the rights, nor do justice to the oppressed. Those conferences are nothing but a form of enforcing the rule of the un-believers in the land of Muslims. And when have the unbelievers justly treated the believers?
There is no solution to the Palestinian Problem except by Jihad. The initiatives, options, and international conferences are a waste of time and a kind of child’s play.
The problem of liberating Palestine is related to three spheres: the Palestinian sphere, the Arab sphere, and the Islamic sphere. Every one of them has a role to play in the struggle against Zionism. …because Palestine is an Islamic land accommodating the first Qibla,4 the third Holy Sanctuary,5 the [place where the] ascent of the Messenger (saas) took place.
… what are called “Peaceful Solutions” and “International Conferences” to solve the Palestinian problem. As far as the ideology of the Islamic Resistance Movement is concerned, giving up any part of Palestine is like giving up part of its religion. The nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion, in that it educates its members, and they perform Jihad to raise the banner of Allah over their nation. …
“Now the Crusades are over,” and General Gurud stood by Salah al- Din’s (Saladin’s) grave saying, “Here we have returned 0 Saladin.” Imperialism has helped and is still helping the Ideological Invasion to establish its roots firmly. And all that was preparation for the loss of Palestine. We must instill in the minds of the Muslim generation that the Palestinian cause is a religious cause. It must be solved on this basis because it contains Islamic sanctuaries where Masjid al-Aqsa is tied firmly to asjid al-Haram (in Mecca) never to be released, as long as the heavens and the earth last, by way of the night journey (‘Isra) of Rasulallah (Saas) and ascension (Mi’raj) to the heavens … and a place in paradise as small as that occupied by the whip of one of you is better than the world …
The enemy planned long ago and perfected their plan so that they can achieve what they want to achieve,..They are behind the French Revolution, the Communist Revolution, and most of the revolutions here and there which we have heard of and are hearing of. With wealth they formed secret organizations throughout the world to destroy societies and promote the Zionist cause; these organizations include the freemasons, the Rotary and Lions clubs, and others. These are all destructive intelligence-gathering organizations…
They are behind the First World War in which they destroyed the Islamic Calipha and gained material profit, monopolized raw wealth, and got the Balfour Declaration. They created the League of Nations so they could control the world through that organization. They are behind the Second World War where they grossed huge profits from their trade of war materials, and set down the foundations to establish their nation by forming the United Nations and Security Council, instead of the League of Nations, in order to rule the world through that organization. There is not a war that goes on here or there in which their fingers are not playing behind it…
…the Zionist plan has no bounds, and after Palestine they wish to expand from the Nile River to the Euphrates. When they totally occupy it they will look towards another, and such is their plan in the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” Their present is the best witness on what is said. Withdrawal from the circle of struggle is high treason and a curse on the doer. If any do turn his back to them on such a day- unless it be in a stratagem of war, or to retreat to a troop (of his own)-he draws on himself the wrath of Allah, and his abode is Hell-an evil refuge