Melanie Phillips

4 May 2011

The Hamas/al Qaeda/Fatah axis

Published in: Spectator

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One of the most significant reactions to the killing of Osama bin Laden came from the Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh. While much of the Arab world has been muted in its response or even guardedly welcomed the end of bin Laden – the Palestinian Authority spokesman, Ghassan Khatib, said for example that it was

‘good for the cause of peace worldwide’

and the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayaad called it

‘a major, mega landmark event, ending the life of a person who was involved in egregious acts of terror and destruction’ --

Haniyeh reacted quite differently, saying it was

‘...a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood...We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs...’

Those in the west who understand diddly-squat about the Middle East have been expressing shock at Haniyeh’s response.  But there has long been evidence that Hamas has been in bed with al Qaeda – as I reported back in 2007, referring to this analysis by Jonathan Halevi which detailed the already extensive links between Hamas and al Qaeda. This is not surprising, given their common ancestry in the Muslim Brotherhood; more surprising, but nevertheless a fact, is the link that Hamas has also established with Iran. But then, in the cause of the Islamic war against the free world, even Sunni and Shia co-operate, as do Fatah and Hamas.

Yesterday, the PA’s ruling Fatah party signed the unity accord it reached last week with Hamas. This pact has been hailed by the west’s useful idiots as ushering in peace in our time. What it will more likely usher in, however, is Hamastan in Ramallah – linked to both Iran and al Qaeda. For contrary to the useful idiots’ belief that Fatah will swallow Hamas, Hamas will swallow Fatah. And Hamas, as all can now see, is in bed with al Qaeda; and Fatah is now in bed with Hamas. So if the west underwrites a state of Palestine that we are told will be unilaterally declared in September, it will be underwriting a new terror state, yet another base for both al Qaeda and Iran, and yet another deadly front in the war against the free world.

Hamas has already indicated that it will not tolerate Salam Fayyad -- he who hailed the killing of bin Laden as ‘a major, mega landmark event’ -- continuing as the PA Prime Minister. And lo and behold, as Palestinian Media Watch has noted, Fatah’s military wing, the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, has now fallen into line with Hamas over the killing of bin Laden:

The military wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, published a long statement in reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden calling it a ‘catastrophe.’ They said that those who killed Bin Laden were ‘gangs of heretics.’

More than that, this statement also went on to say:

The Islamic nation ‘is capable of supplying an abundance of new blood... [for] restoring the glory of Islam and the flag of Allah’s oneness.

Got that? The military wing of Fatah, the so-called moderates in the Middle East -- the guys who are supposed to be secular moderates as opposed to the Islamic jihadists of Hamas -- are beating the drum over the death of bin Laden to step up the jihad to establish the dominance of Islam.

Not only that, PMW also points out that the Palestinian news agency Ma’an released an English translation of its statement that omitted this passage about establishing Islamic dominance, substituting instead the relatively anodyne and misleading:

We are ready to sacrifice our lives to bring back peace.

No, not peace but submission – the actual meaning of the word ‘Islam’. That’s what the Middle East ‘peace process’ actually is – a submission process. And that’s what both Hamas and Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades are intent on bringing about. And yet those who are eulogising bin Laden as a 'holy warrior' and mourn his death as a 'catastrophe' are the people for whom the British government and other western leaders are poised to endorse the terror state they intend to establish to help bring about the submission of Israel and the free world.

Having killed bin Laden, the west may now be about to provide a new killing ground for his infernal cause.

About Melanie

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents.

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