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Andrew Bostom writes on the Hamas 1988 Covenant of hate

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Dr. Andrew Bostom has two excellent posts, Heeding David Littman: Confronting Hamas’ Genocidal Jew-Hatred (Part 1) and Part 2

In part 1, Dr. Bostom explains,

In classical and modern Koranic exegeses by seminal, authoritative Islamic theologians (for details, see here) this central motif is coupled to Koranic verses 5:60, and 5:78, which describe the Jews transformation into apes and swine (5:60), or simply apes, (i.e. verses 2:65 and 7:166), having been “…cursed by the tongue of David, and Jesus, Mary’s son” (5:78). Muhammad himself repeats this Koranic curse in a canonical hadith (Sunan Abu Dawoud, Book 37, Number 4322), “He [Muhammad] then recited the verse [5:78]: ‘…curses were pronounced on those among the children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary’ ”.

Salah al-Khalidi (fl. late 20th century) makes plain how these motifs of Koranic Jew-hatred are interpreted by Hamas in a manner that is entirely consistent with classical exegeses. Extracts (translated from the original Arabic by Dr. Michael Schub in my The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism) are provided below from Khalidi’s major work Haqa’iq Koraniyya al Qadiyya al-Filastinniya [“Koranic Facts Regarding the Palestinian Issue”] which was first published in 1991 by the Hamas Publishing House Manshūrāt Filastin al-Muslima, and translated into Urdu, Hindi, Turkish, Russian, and English (formerly available online at www.assabeel.com) due to its international popularity.

Historian David Littman, Dr. Bostom reminds us,

has waged an heroic personal campaign—in public, at the United Nations Human Rights Commission, since January, 1989—to elucidate key aspects of Hamas’ genocidal ideology, demonstrating unapologetically how this annihilationist hatred is sanctioned by Islam’s foundational text.

Part 2,

Jihad is the other pillar of Hamas’ foundational Jew-annihilationist ideology featured in the 1988 Covenant. Once again, this is already suggested in the opening statement before the preamble which includes the following quote by Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood: “Israel will exist, and will continue to exist, until Islam abolishes it, as it abolished that which was before it.” Hamas, it should be noted, claims to be a wing of the International Muslim Brotherhood. Article 2 of the Hamas Charter, for example, states: “The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a universal organisation which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in modern times.”

But the body of theHamas Covenant includes unequivocal statements of Hamas’ irredentist commitment to the annihilation of Israel via jihad. Jihad martyrdom is lauded in article 8 “the Hamas slogan,” (in fact borrowed from the 1928 Charter of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood), which states, “Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its Constitution; Jihad is its path, and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.” Article 13 makes plain that Hamas’ jihadism is completely incompatible with any meaningful Middle East peace settlement

Please do take the time to read these two posts. It is necessary that we understand what Hamas stands for. The existence of Israel depends on it.

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Dr Andrew Bostom on CSpan2 right now

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

As previously announced, Dr Andrew Bostom is appearing on Book TV right now and Monday, July 14, at 1:00 AM Eastern to talk about his new book, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History.

Dr. Bostom was my podcast guest last May, when we also talked about his book.

The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History is an anthology of unaltered and complete historical accounts on the subject from primary sources, and a must-read.

More exciting blogging news later today. Stay tuned!

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Upcoming: Dr Andrew Bostom on Book TV

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Dr Andrew Bostom is going to appear on Book TV next Sunday July 13, at 7:00 AM and Monday, July 14, at 1:00 AM Eastern to talk about his new book, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History.

Dr. Bostom was my podcast guest last May, when we also talked about his book.

The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History is an anthology of unaltered and complete historical accounts on the subject from primary sources, and a must-read.

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Today at 11AM Eastern: Dr Andrew Bostom

Friday, May 30th, 2008

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