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"For Zion's sake I shall not hold my peace, And for Jerusalem's sake I shall not rest."



THE HAMAS COVENANT OF DEATH
By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

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"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it ..." Thus begins the Hamas Covenant of Death officially known as "The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement." To grasp the true nature of the war that is being waged against the Jewish State of Israel, and not only by the Arabs in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, let us examine this Covenant of Death.

In discussing Islam\'s war against the Jewish state, the Covenant refers to the Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza as but a single "squadron" of the "vast Islamic world." "Our struggle against the Jews is very great," and this struggle will go on "until the enemy is vanquished and Allah\'s victory is realized."
The Covenant also refers to the Islamic Resistance Movement as "one of the wings of [the] Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine." It calls upon all Moslems to "raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors, so that they would rid the land and the people of their uncleanness, vileness and evils." Contrary to the puerilities of the media, the Moslem Brotherhood is not a fanatical sect of Islam; it is Islam authentic and resurgent.

Again: "The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished Palestinian movement, whose allegiance to Allah, and whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Islam over every inch of Palestine." The Movement has the support of Egypt. When the Egyptians took over Taba from the Israelis, they raised banners declaring "TABA TODAY, PALESTINE TOMORROW."

"The Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realization of Allah\'s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: \'The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight and kill the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslem, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.\'"

Unlike the cult of peace, Moslems regard "Death for the sake of Allah [as] the loftiest of wishes." Hence these Moslems are prepared to drench "Palestine" with blood. They are not about to be bought off with the bourgeois policy of "territory for peace." This policy arouses in Arabs contempt for Jews. It makes Jewish blood cheap by making the Land of Israel cheap. It is precisely this betrayal of the Jewish Covenant of Life that has given rise to the Islamic Covenant of Death.

"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for the future for the future Moslem generations until Judgment Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered; it, or any part of it, should not be given up."

With utter contempt for Israeli prime ministers like Ariel Sharon who call for “peaceful co-existence” between Jews and Arabs—a subtle manifestation of moral equivalence—the Covenant of Death proclaims: "There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
Israel’s ruling elites lack the intestines to face the totalitarian dimensions of this Covenant: "The day the enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. It is [therefore] necessary to instill in the minds of the Moslem generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis."

Hence the Covenant enjoins upon Moslems the following oath: "I swear by the holder of Muhammad\'s soul that I would like to invade and be killed for the sake of Allah, then invade and be killed, and then invade again and be killed."

Hard for the demagogues of peace to take such heady stuff seriously. Having learned nothing from the past, these demagogues persist in negotiating with the successors of the Nazis, the PLO-led Palestinian Authority, while the Covenant of death proclaims: "The [PLO] Palestine Liberation Organization is the closest to the heart of the Islamic Resistance Movement."

The Covenant of Death concludes by emphasizing that Jihad is "the only way to liberate Palestine. There is no doubt about the testimony of history. It is one of the laws of the universe and one of the rules of existence. Nothing can overcome iron except iron."

The Hamas Covenant of Death actually expresses the genocidal goal of the PLO-Palestinian Authority. No Government of Israel has had the courage to destroy that despotic regime. And now, Hamas has brought Iran to Israel’s doorstep. Need I say what must be done NOW?