Quotes About "Palestine"

Remember: Israel is bad! Its existence keeps reminding Muslims what a bunch of losers they are.
"There will be no peace until they will love their children more than they hate us."

-Golda Meir-
'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel'‎

~Benjamin Netanyahu~
"Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all out war, a war which will last for generations.

~Yasser Arafat~
"The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel."

~ Yasser Arafat ~
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel. For our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of Palestinian people, since Arab national interest demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism".

~ Zahir Muhse'in ~

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hamas Brutality Towards its Political Opponents

Photos, videos and audio recordings of the recent battles near the Ibn Taymiyyah mosque in Rafah provide rare documented evidence of the brutality of Hamas’ suppression of its political opponents. Hamas forces executed opponents, wounded nearby civilians, fired RPGs at the Ibn Taymiyyah mosque and removed casualties from ambulances evacuating the wounded.

On the afternoon of August 14, a violent confrontation broke out near the Ibn Taymiyyah mosque in Rafah between Hamas forces and Salafist (fundamentalist Islamic) opponents. The confrontations began with a sermon delivered by Sheikh Abd al-Latif Musa, who strongly condemned the Hamas administration and proclaimed an Islamic emirate in “Palestine”. [Sheikh Abd al-Latif Musa is a religious leader accepted by opposition groups striving to impose, immediately and by force, Islamic religious law (sharia’); the Islamization of Gaza by Hamas is apparently not proceeding quickly enough for them.] In response to what it perceived as a challenge to its rule, Hamas forces broke into the mosque and evacuated it by force, not hesitating to shoot at the mosque deliberately and inflict serious damage. The battle took place in a densely populated area. According to a report by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (August 15), 28 people were killed, more than 100 wounded and more than 100 detained (including some of the wounded). Among the dead and wounded were civilians who were in or near the mosque at the time.

In suppressing their political opponents at the mosque, the Hamas military arm, the Iz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, employed indiscriminate and disproportional force. Although Hamas closed off the area and prevented the entry of journalists and others, eyewitnesses and Hamas opponents managed to record conversations of the military force operating in the area and to photograph executions (using cell phones) carried out by Hamas. The recordings and photographs were later uploaded onto private websites affiliated with Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, and subsequently broadcast on Israeli TV. They provide rare, first-hand evidence of the brutality employed by Hamas in dealing with its opponents in the Gaza Strip, even if it means killing civilians or attacking Islamic symbols and places of worship, such as an established and revered Gaza mosque.

The intercepted communications revealed the following:

1. Orders to "deal with" Hamas opponents without consideration for civilian life;
2. Orders to stop and search ambulances evacuating the wounded: According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, the Hamas force removed wounded opponents from the ambulances;
3. Orders to "eliminate" the opposition leader Sheikh Abd al-Latif Musa, who they referred to as "the swine:;
4. Orders to launch rocket propelled grenades (RPG's) at civilian houses: Two RPGs were fired at [civilian] residences next to the house of Abd al-Latif Musa because opponents had appeared to take cover in them; the area is densely populated. The structure was destroyed.
5. Orders to execute the opponents: An Iz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades commander ordered: "Keep shooting at them until they crawl out and take their clothes off. We don’t want a single one of them left alive."

On August 25, Israeli Channel 2 TV broadcast a video documenting Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operatives executing the opponents:
Political opponents executed by Hamas operatives
Photographs of dead Hamas opponents, apparently taken with a cell phone, posted on an Islamic forum (August 16, 2009).
6. Orders to fire RPGs directly at the Ibn Taymiyyah mosque, especially the minaret. Photographs of the mosque after the battle show serious damage.

7. Orders to conceal Hamas actions: During the fighting an order was given to the local commander to "make sure that no one takes pictures, not with a cellular [phone] or with anything else." According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights report, the Hamas police closed off the area where the fighting was going on as well as the main hospital in Rafah, and forbade access to journalists. Opponents of Hamas managed to document the executions (par. 5 above) by taking pictures with their cell phones and by listening to the Iz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ communications network, and to disseminate evidence via the Internet.

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More Quotes About "Palestine"

"There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it".

- Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -

"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not".

- Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 -

"It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria".

- Representant of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956 -

Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919 stated:
"The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 c.e. hardly lasted, as such, 22 years".

"There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction... One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee... Nazareth is forlorn... Jericho lies a mouldering ruin... Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation... untenanted by any living creature... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent, mournful expanse... a desolation... We never saw a human being on the whole route... Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... desolate and unlovely...".

- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", 1867 -

"In 1590 a 'simple English visitor' to Jerusalem wrote: 'Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and weedes much like to a piece of rank or moist grounde'.".

- Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund,
Quarterly Statement, p. 86; de Haas, History, p. 338 -

"The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil".

- British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s -

"Palestine is a ruined and desolate land".

- Count Constantine Fran├žois Volney, XVIII century French author and historian -

"The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it".

- Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s -

"Then we entered the hill district, and our path lay through the clattering bed of an ancient stream, whose brawling waters have rolled away into the past, along with the fierce and turbulent race who once inhabited these savage hills. There may have been cultivation here two thousand years ago. The mountains, or huge stony mounds environing this rough path, have level ridges all the way up to their summits; on these parallel ledges there is still some verdure and soil: when water flowed here, and the country was thronged with that extraordinary population, which, according to the Sacred Histories, was crowded into the region, these mountain steps may have been gardens and vineyards, such as we see now thriving along the hills of the Rhine. Now the district is quite deserted, and you ride among what seem to be so many petrified waterfalls. We saw no animals moving among the stony brakes; scarcely even a dozen little birds in the whole course of the ride".

- William Thackeray in "From Jaffa To Jerusalem", 1844 -

"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population".

- James Finn, British Consul in 1857 -

"The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880's, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained "The Holy Land" in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants - both Jewish and Arab. The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts... Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen... The plows used were of wood... The yields were very poor... The sanitary conditions in the village [Yabna] were horrible... Schools did not exist... The rate of infant mortality was very high... The western part, toward the sea, was almost a desert... The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants".

- The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 -

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