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January 28, 2006
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Islamic Fanatics win Palestinian Elections

The Globe and Mail (www.theglobeandmail.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has won elections in the Palestinian territories:

The incoming Hamas government will move quickly to make Islamic sharia "a source" of law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and will overhaul the Palestinian education system to separate boys and girls and introduce a more Islamic curriculum, a senior official in the movement said yesterday.

Spelling out the domestic agenda of Hamas for the first time since the group's stunning victory in a legislative election this week, Sheik Mohammed Abu Teir also said Hamas would not go to foreign donors on bended knee if they withdrew aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Mr. Abu Teir, who was No. 2 on the Hamas list of candidates for Wednesday's election, said introducing sharia -- a controversial moral and legal code based on the Koran -- would be the first act of the new Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council.

"The No. 1 thing we will do is take sharia as a source for legislation. Sharia has a soul in it and is good for all occasions," Mr. Abu Teir said in an interview with The Globe and Mail

For many years Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other Israeli leaders have said that there is unfortunately no partner for peace among the gang of Palestinian murderers from the Islamic Jihad, Fatah or Hamas.

After Geneva peace talks with Arab countries on 12/21/1973 Abba Eban said "Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity".

This turns out to be true once again: as Israeli elections were to take place in two months, the centrist Israeli partist "Kadima" was ready to make concessions and maybe even allow for a Palestinian state to be created. With Islamic mass murderers in power in the Palestinian territories, this will not happen.

For more information on Abba Eban, click here. For more information on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other mass murdering bastards, click here. I copy the full article below.

THE STERN FACE OF THE NEW PALESTINE Hamas: Separate classes for girls and boys By MARK MACKINNON, Saturday, January 28, 2006

The incoming Hamas government will move quickly to make Islamic sharia "a source" of law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and will overhaul the Palestinian education system to separate boys and girls and introduce a more Islamic curriculum, a senior official in the movement said yesterday.

Spelling out the domestic agenda of Hamas for the first time since the group's stunning victory in a legislative election this week, Sheik Mohammed Abu Teir also said Hamas would not go to foreign donors on bended knee if they withdrew aid to the Palestinian Authority.

The armed struggle against Israel will continue as long as Israel continues its occupation of Palestinian lands, he added.

Israel, the West and many Palestinians have expressed concern at what Hamas -- considered a terrorist organization by Canada and the United States, among others -- might do in power.

Mr. Abu Teir, who was No. 2 on the Hamas list of candidates for Wednesday's election, said introducing sharia -- a controversial moral and legal code based on the Koran -- would be the first act of the new Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council.

"The No. 1 thing we will do is take sharia as a source for legislation. Sharia has a soul in it and is good for all occasions," Mr. Abu Teir said in an interview with The Globe and Mail over a lunch of traditional Palestinian dishes supplemented with Coca-Cola. The table was set under photographs of Sheik Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz Rantisi, past Hamas leaders who were assassinated in Israeli air strikes.

The current Palestinian legal system is based on Western-style jurisprudence and a hodgepodge of Jordanian, Egyptian and Ottoman laws.

It's questionable whether Hamas could push through legislation introducing sharia as the basic law, since any such bill would have to be signed by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, a social moderate.

However, having won 76 of the 132 legislative seats in what observers billed the best-run election the Arab world has seen, Hamas -- which campaigned on the slogan "Islam is the solution" -- can argue that it has more popular support for its program than Mr. Abbas does for his.

Mr. Abu Teir, once a member of the secular Fatah movement, spent 25 years in Israeli jails, where he converted to Islam and emerged as a leader respected by his fellow prisoners.

With his henna-dyed, flaming orange beard, he is one of the Islamist movement's best-known faces and is widely expected to be named to a senior cabinet post when Hamas reveals the shape of the next government.

He was quick to clarify that the introduction of sharia didn't mean that alcohol would be banned, or that it would be made mandatory for women to cover their heads when outdoors, two fears raised by the group's liberal opponents.

Mr. Abu Teir's wording -- that sharia would be "a source" of law -- mirrors the language adopted in the new Iraqi constitution. Iran and Saudi Arabia use a strict interpretation of sharia as the only source of law and employ religious police to enforce it. That's not what Hamas has in mind, the sheik said.

"We are centrists, we are against any kind of extremism. The motto that we operate on is that in religion, you cannot force people."

Palestinian Christians, many of whom have expressed concerns about being ruled by Islamists, have nothing to fear, he added.

The sheik, a resident of the Um Tuba neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, did say that he believes the consumption of alcohol is wrong, and that the Koran indicates women should dress modestly. He said Hamas hoped to lead by example and thus persuade people to change their ways and follow the teachings of Islam more closely.

"We will not force a woman to wear the hijab [Islamic head scarf]; we hope that decision will come from inside her. I don't care to have women put on the hijab and then take it off when no one is looking," he said.

He made it clear that one way Hamas planned to encourage the next generation to follow sharia was to revamp the Palestinian education system, separating girls' and boys' classes and introducing a more Islamic curriculum.

"We will take such measures because we look at examples in the West, like Sweden. They have the highest level of co-education and the highest level of suicides," he said. "We would like our children to have a protected environment. We don't want any distractions for our boys or our girls."

On external affairs, Mr. Abu Teir gave no hint that Hamas would adjust its hard-line stand of refusing to recognize, or negotiate with, Israel. He said that instead of pressuring Hamas to disarm, the West should be demanding that Israel leave the West Bank, release all Palestinian prisoners and allow the return of the 4.1 million Palestinian refugees.

Israel has said it will ignore a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, and several countries, including the United States and Canada, have suggested they will not deal with Hamas unless it deletes language in its founding charter calling for the destruction of Israel.

Mr. Abu Teir expressed dismay at how news of Hamas's victory was received in the West, saying he didn't understand why the West, after years of giving money to a Palestinian Authority run by the corrupt Fatah movement, was now considering withholding aid.

"Why is the West worried? We're not thieves. Had that money been given to us, it would have found many good uses."

However, he said Hamas would not go begging if aid were slashed. "Our people would rather live in poverty than live in humiliation with Israeli and Western aid."

Palestinian political analysts said Mr. Abu Teir's remarks reveal the political immaturity of Hamas. The responsibilities and realities of being in power, several have predicted, would require them to abandon much of their ideological rhetoric.

"When Hamas starts doing these things, they will get into all kinds of trouble. Politically, socially, economically, they will not be able to do the kinds of things they are talking about," said Basem Ezbidi, a political scientist at Birzeit University in Ramallah. "Many people are truly worried right now."

He said it is "insanity" for Hamas to say that it would not talk to Israel or that it does not need foreign aid.

Palestinians regularly use Israeli hospitals, roads and the Israeli electricity grid, and the Palestinian Authority relies on Israel to collect sales taxes on its behalf.

Developments

Thousands of activists from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party rallied across the Gaza Strip yesterday, burning abandoned cars, shooting in the air and demanding corrupt leaders resign.

Also yesterday , Hamas and Fatah gunmen exchanged fire as the long-dominant Fatah faction was threatened with a violent backlash from within to its crushing election defeat by the Islamic militant group.

The United States would have to freeze millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority if a Hamas-led government comes to power and refuses to renounce terror, a senior U.S. diplomat in Jerusalem said. The European Union also issued stern warnings of cutting off aid to the Palestinians.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas asked Hamas to form a new government after his vanquished Fatah rejected a role in the cabinet.

The militant al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, part of Fatah, issued a statement threatening to "liquidate" the faction's leaders if they changed their minds and joined a Hamas-led administration.

Two polls published in Israeli newspapers showed strong support among Israelis for talking to a Palestinian government led by Hamas. But acting Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert quickly ruled out talks.

Posted by David Melle at January 28, 2006 11:36 AM
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