Hamas leader in Istanbul welcomes anti-Israel UN Resolution

Turkey may have welcomed Israel's ambassador, but it saved its biggest welcome for Israel's arch-enemy, Khaled Mashal.

Uzay Bulut

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Israel's new ambassador to Turkey, Eitan Naeh, arrived in Ankara on December 1 as part of a reconciliation deal between Turkey and Israel clinched in June.  Naeh presented his letter of credentials to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex in the Turkish capital on December 5.

Three weeks after that, Turkey hosted Khaled Mashal, the chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, at the Halic Congress Center. Speaking at a conference titled “Palestine” organized by the Islamist Yedi Hilal (Seven Crescent) Association in Istanbul on December 26, Mashal urged Israel to implement the recently-passed UN Security Council resolution. “This is the first time they are taking a decision against settlers, invaders on Palestinian lands. Netanyahu has lost his mind. We want to declare that we approve the UN’s fair decision and we expect more such fair decisions on this issue,” he said.

The UN Security Council adopted on December 23 a resolution that said that “Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law.”

The resolution basically aims to stop Jews from living in the heart of the Jewish homeland, Jerusalem, as well as Judea and Samaria, which are today termed “the West Bank.”

The resolution, which was co-sponsored by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, and Venezuela, was passed by a 14-0 vote after the U.S. abstained. The chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau thanked all governments and institutions that supported the resolution which he claimed is “a restoration of honor” to his people.

“This is a correction of at least one of the mistakes that the U.S. and the international community have previously made in matters related to Palestine,” said Mashal, who continued:

“In the past years, Israel's presence for some states could be seen as a profitable investment. But today, for the international community, Israel has become a burden.”

Mashal also declared that “Palestinians want their lands to be completely free from occupiers."


Judaism, Israel, its capital, Jerusalem, and the Jewish Temple are intertwined − there is none without the others. There has been a Jewish presence in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem for millennia − much longer than the religion of Islam even existed.
 “The essence of this cause is that there is an occupier. This occupier has occupied our holy lands. This enemy has exiled the people living here. The essence of this cause is to first remove this occupier here, to liberate this land and give the land back to its owners.

“No project or attempt can be our project if it does not give Jerusalem back to us. Any solution that does not give Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, to us cannot be our solution. The essence of this cause is to liberate the occupied lands, to bring back the people who live here, and to liberate Masjid al-Aqsa [the al-Aqsa Mosque].

“Just as you stopped and defeated the coup d'état in one night, we will inshallah [Allah willing] defeat Zionism in Palestine,” declared Mashal, who continued, “I don’t even need to say anything to you. I can see that you are already ready to go to Jerusalem.”

Mashal went on to claim that in the Surah Al-Isra in the Koran, Allah heralds that Jerusalem will definitely be conquered one day.

Mashal’s speech saw several pauses during which people from the crowd chanted slogans such as “Allahu akbar”, “Salute to Hamas – resistance is to continue,” and “there will be a bloodbath, al-Aqsa will be liberated.”

See a video of his speech here.

Anti-Zionism is often used to conceal hatred of Jews. A well-known observation of Dr. Martin Luther King clearly explains the phenomenon. “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism,” said Dr. King in response to a student who had attacked Zionism during a dinner event in 1968.

This is especially true when the speaker is someone with a history of anti-Jewish remarks or attitudes. Moreover, in this case we’re talking about Mashal, who has made a career in an organization that has dedicated itself to verbally and physically attacking Israel and Jewish people in an attempt to annihilate them.

Hamas does not even feel a need to conceal its desire for Jewish genocide. Through cartoons and other shows, for example, its Al-Aqsa TV teaches children to murder “all Jews.”

Attacks on Israel's entire existence rather than particular government policies are anti-Semitic. Apparently, Mashal talks about “defeating Zionism” in order to avoid continually mentioning his goal of exterminating Jewish Israelis. But his former statements, as well as the charter of his organization, make it clear that he means defeating and destroying the state and people of Israel when he says he aims to “defeat Zionism.”

Referring to a hadith, a saying attributed to Islam’s founder, Mohammed, the seventh article of the Hamas charter states that Jews not only in Israel but also all around the world should be killed − an openly genocidal objective:

“The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).”

Judaism, Israel, its capital, Jerusalem, and the Jewish Temple are intertwined − there is none without the others. There has been a Jewish presence in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem for millennia − much longer than the religion of Islam even existed.

Not only Jews are natives of Israel but the State of Israel is also the only democratic and civilized country in the region. As Dr. Michael Hurd puts it: “Israel’s right to exist rests on the objective fact that its government respects the rights of individuals more consistently than the brutal gangs, kings and thugs who otherwise run that part of the world.”

Those who continually single out Israel for condemnation while turning a blind eye to far worse actions by other countries are anti-Semitic. And the U.N. has once again proven its blatant anti-Semitism with its latest resolution against the Jewish state while it stands silent in the face of the Turkish government’s destruction of entire Kurdish districts in southeast Turkey, the execution of political prisoners in Iran or the destruction of Aleppo caused by the war between Syrian army forces and jihadist fighters.

The immorality of the recent U.N resolution against the Jewish presence in the Jewish homeland is extremely obvious when even a genocidal group like Hamas − which proudly aims to exterminate Jews worldwide – welcomes it.



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