Hamas Must Repudiate the Anti-Semitism in Its Charter – Richard Cohen (Washington Post)
(dailyalert.org, Apr. 29, 2014)
Hamas is indeed the terrorist organization Israel and the U.S. say it is. Its opposition to the mere existence of Israel is stated not just in the usual terms of Palestinian grievance or nationalism, but also by a remarkable and stupendously stupid anti-Semitism.
According to the Hamas charter, the Jews “took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others….They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about.” The Jews had help, of course – and the Hamas charter names their allies: “Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others.”
The Jews, it says, “were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state.” In other words, the Holocaust – not that it happened, mind you – was a clever Jewish ruse to win the world’s sympathy and thereby establish the state of Israel.
In its tone, in its detail, in its sheer monumental idiocy, the Hamas charter is nothing but warmed-over Hitlerism.
Palestinians have legitimate grievances. But they are not children and they should not be patronized. Europeans and others who find such unalloyed virtue and victimhood in Hamas and the Gaza it rules ought to demand a repudiation of the charter.