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  • January 12, 2013

    Israel’s jihad is mine

    TIMES OF ISRAEL  

    Qanta Ahmed
    Dr Qanta Ahmed is Associate Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook)

    As Israel considers building a new fence to contain the Syrian conflict to the north, which fences can keep out Hamas’s even more lethal ideologies? While Gaza and the Muslim Arab world continue to claim victory in the recent Israel-Hamas conflict, for the sane observers among us, there is only ever defeat – the defeat of morality in the desecration of a great religion. While most Muslims laud Hamas and scorn Israel, for me, an observing Muslim, Israel’s war against Hamas remains my struggle – my jihad.

    Israel’s eight-day operation “Pillar of Defense” sought to dismantle the Hamas apparatus from within Gaza. The predictably seamless alignment of the Muslim world against Israel was even more breathtaking than usual in the face of Syria’s 22 months of systematic genocide, one which has consistently failed to trigger unanimous Muslim protest. What does this say about us as Muslims?

    We are hypocrites.

    While Muslims define Israel as the enemy, we ignore Assad, and diabolically laud Hamas. Hamas is never sated – each year it devours ever more Palestinians, regardless of age or gender. If Israelis lose fewer citizens than the Palestinians in these conflicts it is for the same reason Israel exchanges more prisoners for each captive soldier: quite simply Israel values human life more than does Hamas, which relishesground operations taking place among densely populate civilian areas.

    Explaining this to Muslims in the Twitterverse, I get sharply reminded that Hamas does not have the “luxury of launch sites” that Israel enjoys. Have we lost our minds, Muslims? How can we speak of ‘launch sites’ as ‘luxuries’ while disregarding the culling taking place in Syria? Perhaps we have not lost our minds, but we have most certainly lost our religion.

    As I am not one to speak for others, allow me to let Hamas speak for themselves. They are bald-faced about their mission, seeking glory through death, annunciation through annihilation:

    We are ready to offer 1,000, 2,000 or even 10,000 martyrs every year. We are ready to keep offering martyrs for twenty years because we are sure we are moving in the right direction and that we will prevail in the end” (Hamas leader Khalid Al Mish’al in Gaza”

    To Hamas, a Palestinian life is worth more when “martyred,” a dead child more of a blessing than one living. “The children of the kindergarten are the shaheeds [martyrs] of tomorrow,” reads a sign displayed at a Hamas-run kindergarten. The martyrdom mantra is their anthem.

    While observers speculate Hamas will shortly usurp the crumbling Fatah leadership and ideologically annex the West Bank, we must remember Hamas’ raison d’etre: Islamist nihilism, a totalitarian ideology, jet-fueled on the language and images stolen from mighty Islam. Israeli negotiators who must engage with this opponent are walking on the sharp-edged sword of Damocles and unlike Muslims, the Israelis certainly know it.

    Coloring their fascism with Islam, Hamas claims religious legitimacy to openly seek destruction of the Jewish state and eradication of the Jewish people. By grafting themselves onto Into Islamic ideals – the vertebral column of that which is most sacred to Muslims – they render Islam itself heinous, representing their true ruthlessness: theirs is a willingness to sacrifice anything –including Islam – to portray Israel as evil.

    This ethos was captured in a single unprecedented obscenity: Hamas’ morbid motorcade. Cocksure thugs, defiantly cruising on motorcycles trailed exposed cadavers of Palestinians – Muslim men – trousers pooled at dead ankles. To chants of ‘Allah-hu-Akbar’ as dozens of Palestinian onlookers silently watched, Hamas took its ghoulish victory lap explicitly to show Gazans how they execute ‘suspected informers to Israel’. This is the Islam of Hamas.

    This is why Hamas does not represent me, or other believing Muslims. This is why Israel’s battle is mine. This is why Israel’s struggle – Israel’s jihad – is mine. These are the ‘Muslims’ that Israelis must confront and these are the “Muslims” who intimidate innocent Palestinians into subjugation to their monstrous political Islamism.

    But we Muslims in particular, more than conflict-hardened Israelis, should hardly be surprised, for it was Muslims who were once forewarned of scourges such as Hamas.

    The Prophet Mohammed (SAW) was once asked what he most feared for his followers. Centuries later, his response, recorded in the hadith, haunts, stating he feared those who:

    …Interpret verses of the Qur’an out of context…A people that recite Qur’an….but it will not go past their throats, a people with excellent words and vile deeds. They will pass through the religion (of Islam) like the arrow passes through its quarry. They will no more come back to the religion than the arrow will come back to its course. They are the worst of human beings and the worst of all creation. They summon to the book of Allah, but they have nothing to do with it. Whoever kills them is closer to Allah than they.

    This is the true nature of Hamas, which recites the Quran yet doesn’t hold it in their hearts, that “summon to the book of Allah but have nothing to do with it.” By the above, it would seem the IDF (that eliminates Hamas) is surely closer to Allah than Hamas.

    Yet instead of condemning Hamas, and recognizing them as imposters among us, the Muslim world celebrates them, even as Hamas violates the most profound Islamic principle: the sanctity of life, a right man must protect even in preference to any rights God claims from man.

    When Muslims support Hamas, we support no less than the signatories to Islam’s collective extinction. Muslim support renders Hamas legitimate, their methods acceptable, their ideals valid. Our support as Muslims is their lifeblood. In supporting them, we hemorrhage our only currency, our only asset – our great monotheism.

    Two years into the Arab Awakening, the freshly turned soil is ripe for the seeding. Hamas operatives everywhere are already celebrated as ‘liberators’ of Gazans, when they have actually long been their jailers, ‘victors’ over Israel, when Hamas is the personal death knell of all pluralism in the region. Gazans so recently celebrating in the street are no more than hostages afflicted with the worst Stockholm Syndrome imaginable, heading to their own death through their misplaced hope in their virulently Islamist leadership.

    During Operation Pillar of Defense, Jewish friends said “this must be such a difficult time for you, but I am glad of our friendship” implying that because I am Muslim, my loyalty must surely be to Gaza, my enmity automatically aligned with Israel.

    Not so. As a Muslim, I am clear: my loyalty is with Islam, and therefore explicitly with justice, justice for all humanity, a humanity that must include Jews. Hamas is obscenely unjust, so how can my loyalty be with them? To be loyal to Hamas is no less than to abandon Islam. To be loyal to Hamas is the ultimate blasphemy.

    While I understand the need for Israeli negotiators to engage with Hamas first to secure the current ceasefire and then for some sort of functional peace, the reality is their militant ideology must be suffocated out of existence or else the détente is little more than an illusion. For this, unlike for suicide bombers or Syrian rockets, there are no Israeli fences or walls, no Iron Domes, only Muslim barriers – robust barriers of counter-ideology.

    It is Muslims who must take the first steps to excoriate Hamas, to expose them as the ruthless nihilists they explicitly announce themselves to be. We must scorn Hamas for masquerading among the poor as their savior when they are instead their executioner. Muslims must hold all media accountable for telling the truth: Palestinians are the Muslims orphaned not by Israel but by the entire Muslim world itself. Land-grabs and permanent refugee camps are testament to such.

    We must ask ourselves the difficult questions. Does Hamas, who prostitute their progeny in the service of terror, represent Islam? Is Hamas emulating our Prophet as they rain rockets on unarmed, civilian, non-combatants? Do their Fajr missiles, named after Muslim prayers no less, encompass the spirit of Islam as was revealed to its followers? Do Hamas’ stated goals – including elimination of Israel – represent coexistence with the People of the Book, who are cherished in the Quran as dear to God and their Messenger, Moses, particularly admired by our Maker for his courage in the face of fear?

    Don’t be fooled by Hamas’ words Muslims; we have a duty to judge them on their vile deeds.

    If Islam is to truly thrive, it will only do so when more and more anti-Islamist Muslims confront and extinguish radical Islamist ideologues. Otherwise, we stand to lose both Israel and Islam in one fell swoop of the Islamist axe. Whether rescuing Palestinians and Israelis captive to the whim of Hamas, or rescuing Islam from Islamist Hamas, this is trulyour jihad and no one else’s, which is why Israel’s jihad is also mine.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 12:55 pm | 63 Comments »

    63 Comments to Israel’s jihad is mine

    1. Bernard Ross says:

      Max Said:

      Actually knowing people as people might pull you out of the Spockian-Borg world

      Your assumptions are based on your own unfounded opinions with no evidence to support them. You have no basis in fact for your slander.

      I have lived in Europe, US and the caribbean for a minimum of 8 years, 30 years and 30 years respectively I have conducted business in all those areas for decades. I have visited and done business in many more areas including Central america, africa, Canada, I have many friends and business associates in all those areas. I have business associates and friends in Australia, Hawaii, and in Asia: including China, India, Bangladesh,Malaysia. All these friends are personal and physical not virtual facebook “friends”
      What is your experience that you consider yourself perfect and infallible, judging all?
      You sound very young and immature in your reactions and attacks, when people disagree with you, and facts appear to be missing from your comments.

    2. Bernard Ross says:

      Max Said:

      Bernard Ross Said:

      All of the comments I quoted are from your comment 43

      No they are not , one is an false ‘interpretation’, your argumentative and projective interpretation, the other is a misquote by being a snippet without the full sentence.

      Everything is plain for all to see in your comments as I quoted. Nothing is out of context or in any false or “projective interpretation”. If that were true you could have demonstrated that “fact” Your retorts are merely generic not even referring to your own quotes as evidence. Show how your quotes are not as I say, apparently you can’t. Your reply is irrelevant.

    3. Max says:

      Bernard Ross Said:

      Everything is plain for all to see in your comments as I quoted

      It absolutely is not. It is as I said it is.
      You either are deliberately deceitful or your mind is twisted, I don’t bother to demonstrate it or explicate it because that draws me into a long waste of energy on a spurious argument.
      And that precisely is your objective – to waste my time with spurious arguments because it is your small minded way to try to take revenge because you are angry.
      .
      You got your last response from me here. You are a waste of time. You can waste your own life as you have been doing with your twisted hatreds but you won’t waste mine.

    4. Max says:

      # 3 in moderation. as it s.

    5. Honey Bee says:

      @ Max:

      Thank-goodness, some one shut you up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6. Bernard Ross says:

      Max Said:

      I don’t bother to demonstrate it or explicate it because that draws me into a long waste of energy on a spurious argument.

      No surprise here. Dealing with inconvenient facts is always a waste of energy for those on a soapbox. Why let facts interfere with your rants? This is a forum where people hold discussions, not a soapbox to rant from.

    7. Bernard Ross says:

      max said Said:

      Max Said:Actually knowing people as people might pull you out of the Spockian-Borg world

      I gave you my experience to prove your statement absurd ….
      Bernard Ross Said:

      I have lived in Europe, US and the caribbean for a minimum of 8 years, 30 years and 30 years respectively I have conducted business in all those areas for decades. I have visited and done business in many more areas including Central america, africa, Canada, I have many friends and business associates in all those areas. I have business associates and friends in Australia, Hawaii, and in Asia: including China, India, Bangladesh,Malaysia. All these friends are personal and physical not virtual facebook “friends”

      but when I ask you for yours….Bernard Ross Said:

      What is your experience that you consider yourself perfect and infallible, judging all?

      There is no reply, no surprise here!
      Perhaps you should move your soapbox to Speakers Corner in London where you can rant at your pleasure

    8. Max says:

      @ Bernard Ross:

      Now that the ‘angry troll’ has dug his grave I shall now bury him.

      1. “American complain about Islamic Fascists” Here a snippet of a full sentence is taken to make some completely irrelevant argument about something that was not even remotely said or implied.

      2 “Why do you assume that your internet friends provide adequate info for overall analysis” Here the ‘angry troll’ reinterprets what was said and them argues agaisnt his own interpretation. Very twisted.
      I never said anything about “internet friends nor ,making overall analysis. I suggested you get real contact with real human beings – the concept eludes you.

      Spurious argument made by an angry toll hoping to ‘get even with ‘Max’ somehow. Maybe the angry troll can rearrange the magic letter s on the keyboard to smite his enemies! har har har.
      Case closed.

      And you have all this nonsense about not making personal attacks while it is obvious you are writhing with hatred and your every intention is to find a way to soemhow get this ‘Max’ that upsets you so much. Especially your last posts make that so obvious.

      And blah blah all your experience amounts to zero – you’ve learned nothing in your life you have no emotional nor intellectual maturity. Your presentation in the here and now shows everything and that is all that is needed to judge you.
      You are so obviously a twisted Smeagel writhing with hatred and persecution paranoia with all you con piracy theories.
      Take a look at all the time you just wasted on this and your spurious arguments in an attempt somehow to get even because I formerly exposed your real intents and modus operandi.

      I would suppose you have wasted your whole life this way. The whole them of everything you have written is how to get even with Max’ How many days have you wasted thinking about me instead of going out and actually contacting the real world?

      You have wasted your own time and your own life.

    9. Bernard Ross says:

      Max Said:

      Spurious argument made by an angry toll hoping to ‘get even with ‘Max’ somehow.

      Max Said:

      it is obvious you are writhing with hatred and your every intention is to find a way to soemhow get this ‘Max’

      Max Said:

      The whole them of everything you have written is how to get even with Max’

      Its called “delusions of reference”, look it up.
      As one of Max’s personalities would say:
      Max Said:

      har har har.
      Case closed.

    10. Bernard Ross says:

      #9 in moderation, reply to max

    11. Honey Bee says:

      @ Max:

      Answer Yamit question Max, “what is fascism”?

    12. Abdul Ameer says:

      Dear Bernard and Max,
      Wouldn’t it be more productive to spend all of that time and emotional energy fighting our Islamic enemies rather than one another?

    13. Honey Bee says:

      Why? Whose fighting what a Jew without an arguement

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