On October 11th, NH4Israel hosted Professor Joseph Spoerl of ST. Anselm College, who discussed the timely subject of Hamas and the changes, or lack thereof, that Hamas claimed to have undertaken in May of this year in its “Document of General Principles and Policies”. Professor Spoerl also wrote about this topic in the August 2017 edition of the New English Review, where copious references to his findings are found to his article titled: “Meet the New Hamas, Same as the Old Hamas”.
Professor Spoerl makes the argument that the supposed changes Hamas made are an attempt at an image makeover. Their attempt fails largely because Jew hatred is at the core of Hamas. Although since May Hamas may claim it is not anti-Jew; only anti-Zionist Jew – such a claim in the Middle East is essentially Jew hatred. Corroborating this is the fact that Hamas has yet to change its 1988 charter, which calls for murdering Jews and eliminating the state of Israel.
The Hamas 2017 May makeover document still contends that Zionism impedes Muslim happiness; and that “Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine ‘from the River to the Sea’”. Voilà! Quoi de neuf?
Actually, there is something new. The very next day after Professor Spoerl’s talk at TIM, the New York Times broke a story with the headline: Unity Deal Offers Hope for Palestinians and a Respite for Gaza.
Under the deal, Hamas and the Palestenian Authority would merge governance. But, as the NYT reported, “Hamas has insisted on its right to maintain control of its arsenal — including thousands of rockets, missiles and drones — as well as its militia and its network of fortified tunnels.
Peace in our time? Hardly.
Paragraph 25 reads: “Resisting the occupation with all means and methods is a legitimate right guaranteed by divine laws and by international norms and laws. At the heart of these lies armed resistance, which is regarded as the strategic choice for protecting the principles and the rights of the Palestinian people.”
Those words referencing divinity would seem to trump all other May 2017 General Principles and Policies and clearly amplify the words of paragraph 23: “Resistance for jihad and for the liberation of Palestine will remain a legitimate right, a duty and an honour for all the sons and daughters of our people…”
Professor Spoerl leaves us with these remarks: “In short, despite its new ‘Document of General Principles and Policies,’ Hamas has not changed at all. It remains committed to the destruction of Israel by any means at its disposal, including indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians, and its world-view is still marked by deep Jew-hatred.
More talks and educational films on Israel are planned for the 2017-2018 season. Mark your calendars for April 22nd, 2018 for helping with or participating in NH4Israel’s second annual springtime run-jog-walkathon race in Derry, again for the benefit of Hadassah Hospital in Israel and its programs that reach out and treat all. This year the run will target a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Find out more about NH4Israel and sign up for email updates on guest speakers and hosted events at NH4Israel.org.