Last week, Deputy Speaker of Hamas Parliament Sheik Ahmad Bahr appeared on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV.
Ahmad Bahr addressed a crowd of supporters stating that it is their individual duty to wage jihad in order to “annihilate the Jews and Americans.”
He emphasized that Muslim women can become martyrs without the consent of their husband. This statement dates back to March 25th when Hamas MP, Mushir al-Masri called on the blood of the women of Gaza to be sacrificed in an effort to liberate Jerusalem.
Many other Hamas’ members of parliament have publicly lashed out at Israel during sermons. For example, Yunis Al-Astal claimed that, “the Jews arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre.”
Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after violently kicking out its rival, Fatah. Since 2006, Hamas has held a majority of seats in parliament.
“If the enemy sets foot on a single square inch of Islamic land, Jihad becomes an individual duty, incumbent on every Muslim, male or female. A woman may set out [on Jihad] without her husband’s permission, and a servant without his master’s permission. Why? In order to annihilate those Jews. Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, destroy the Americans and their supporters. Oh Allah, count them one by one, and kill them all, without leaving a single one.”