The Hamas Charter is the paper outlining the position of Hamas on key issues such as committing not only to the destruction of the State of Israel and the creation of an Islamic state in its place, but to raw, undiluted Jew-hatred.
The Charter openly presents the notorious anti-Semitic, “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” as hateful evidence that Jews are inherently greedy, manipulative and conniving. The Charter repeats century-old anti-Semitic fabrications such as: Jews becoming rich by stealing, Jews plotting to control the world and Jews pulling the strings of global media, government and finance. These are the same anti-Semitic stereotypes that have been used throughout history to demonize Jews and have led to countless pogroms and ultimately the Holocaust.
Hamas wants to present a moderate face to the western world, but in reality it is not just anti-Israel, but also antisemitism lies at the core of its belief system. The Charter blames “world Zionism” for every major disaster in modern history from the French and Communist Revolutions, to both World Wars, to the creation of the United Nations, which Hamas believes to having been created by Jews “in order to rule the world by their intermediary”.
Example from the Hamas Charter:
- “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him…” (Article 7)
- [Jews] control of the world media [and use their] wealth to stir revolutions … They stood behind the French and the Communist Revolutions.” (Article 22)
- “There was no war that broke out anywhere without their [Jews] fingerprints on it.” (Article 22)
Hamas leaders often present themselves as more moderate and liberal when dealing with Western governments and media, but in the Arab street, the same values and goals are still propagated. Hamas has no interest in taking a less extremist stance against Israel and its hateful rhetoric against Jews and Israel remains unchange.
- “Hamas will never recognize the legitimacy of the Zionist state that was founded on our land” – (Khaled Mashaal, February 3, 2006 Al-Hayyat al-Jedida).
- “The constants and the strategy of Hamas do not change according to circumstances. Hamas will stay faithful to jihad, to resistance, to guns, to Palestine and to Jerusalem.” — (Ismail Haniyah, Hamas Prime Minister, January 20, 2006 Gulf Daily News, Bahrain).
- “The annihilation of the Jews here in Palestine is one of the most splendid blessings for Palestine” – (Hamas Cleric Muhsen Abu ‘Ita, Al-Aqsa TV, July 13, 2008)