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How Israel Promotes Anti-Semitism (Part 2)

How Israel Promotes Anti-Semitism (Part 2)

Hamas is an anti-Semitic fundamentalist religious organization that
killed 150 Israeli civilians through suicide bombings between 1994 and
1998 alone. From its beginnings as the Mujama in the 1970s to this
day Hamas does not face the same kind of repression as any other
Palestinian group. In addition Hamas reportedly receives $28 million
dollars a year from another key U.S. ally in the region, Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. and the Saudi Arabian monarchy work together closely to
systematically loot Saudi Arabia's oil resources for the profits of
U.S. oil monopolies while the vast majority of the Saudi people live
in poverty. In addition the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Hamas worked
together closely in the U.S. war drive to destroy the left progressive
PDPA government that held power in Afghanistan from 1978 to 1992.
This was a war where the U.S. government and Saudi Arabia gave
billions of dollars of military aid to Osama Bin Laden and the Islamic
fundamentalists of the Mujahedin who were waging a holy war against
the advances in women's rights, including women's literacy, that were
occurring under the PDPA government. Tactics of the Mujahedin
included throwing acid in the faces of women liberated from the veil
and murdering women for teaching little girls how to read and write.
Fearing a Mujahedin government right on its border and defending the
PDPA government from U.S. aggression the Soviet Union sent troops into
Afghanistan in 1979. Although these Soviet troops were invited by the
Afghan PDPA U.S. propaganda called this a Soviet invasion.

An estimated 100,000 of the Islamic fundamentalists who fought in
Afghanistan were recruited by the CIA outside of Afghanistan. Hamas
participated in this activity. As John Cooley from ABC news pointed
out on March 13th, 1996 in the International Herald Tribune: "A key
Hamas organizer was Abdallah Azzam. He was a tough, brilliant and
charismatic Palestinian from Jordan. He supervised training for the
CIA's Afghan guerrillas in Peshawar, Pakistan, where a car bomb killed
him in 1989. In the earlier 1980s he toured the United States,
recruiting Arab-Americans for the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan."

Just as the United States used Hamas against the Afghani people and
the leftist PDPA government, Israel has used the religious
fundamentalists of Hamas as a club against the socialist and secular
nationalist movements in Palestine that Hamas has violently opposed.
It is those secular and socialist movements that Israel has seen as
more of a threat in terms of winning the masses of people, including
Hebrew speakers, over to positions of sympathy and solidarity with the
Palestinians. Hamas's suicide bombers against civilians instead serve
Zionist interests in driving a larger wedge between Palestinians and
Hebrew speakers, people who will need to unite against their common
oppressor and killer, the Israeli Zionist government.

Early Israeli support for Hamas included in 1978 the granting of
Mujama charitable status in Gaza while other organizations, especially
political organizations as Mujama was, could not get such status. In
1979 Israeli collusion with the Mujama movement set up the Islamic
University of Gaza whose anti-PLO and anti-socialist slogan was: "How
can uncovered women and men with Beatle haircuts liberate our holy
places?" Students who did not tow the Islamic line were disciplined
through brutal beatings and sometimes had acid thrown in their faces.
In addition Mujama mobs were allowed to violently attack and burn
down PLO controlled institutions at a time when other street
demonstrations were not allowed or tightly controlled by the Israeli

In 1979 the Mujama movement burned the Palestinian Red Crescent
Society's (PRC) building to the ground. In response the PRC issued
the following statement, "The tacit approval of the authorities, if
not their actual connivance in what happened, was displayed in their
attitude of non-interference. While they usually display great
alertness to combating even peaceful demonstrations of young students
within schools, here they stood indifferently watching a violently
destructive demonstration march to its objectives."

In 1988 Hamas was formed out of Mujama. While PLO supporters were
organizing mass demonstrations in the streets Hamas was instead
focusing on shooting Israeli soldiers. Despite this fact Hamas had
top-level meetings with the Israeli government while that same
government would not even meet with the PLO. Milton Edwards in
"Islamic Politics In Palestine" noted the relationship: "The
relationship between Hamas and the Israeli authorities was, however,
at the strongest during the second year of the Intifada. The Israelis
had been quick to extend legitimacy status to Hamas in an attempt to
marginalize the PLO. Leaders of Hamas were regularly filmed at
meetings with top-level Israeli officials and the message the Israelis
were sending out was that they regarded Hamas as the type of people
with whom they could work…

"In addition the Israelis continued turning a blind eye to large
amounts of money coming into the country destined for Hamas coffers,
while at the same time stopping the flow of PLO funds in support of
the Intifada."

In 1994 Hamas began its indiscriminate attacks on Hebrew speaking
people through suicide bombings. Those suicide bombings had been
stepped up by Hamas in the beginnings of the Intifada 2 uprising in
September 2000, but then ended due to an agreement between Arafat's
Palestinian Authority and Hamas. While this agreement was in effect
world attention became focused on the gunning down of Palestinian
children by Israeli sharp shooters on the West Bank. For the Zionist
government this was becoming a public relations disaster.

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon needed a new provocation he could use
as propaganda to escalate the war against the Palestinian people and
the Palestinian Authority (P.A.). To create this provocation he took
action to end the truce between the P.A. and Hamas on ending the
suicide bombings of civilians. On November 23rd Israeli security
forces assassinated Hamas leader Mahmud Abu Hunud. On November 25th,
2001 right-wing Israeli journalist Alex Fishman accurately observed in
the "Yediot Achronot": "Whoever gave the green light to this act of
liquidation knew full well that he is thereby shattering in one blow
the gentleman's agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority;
under that agreement, Hamas was to avoid in the near future suicide
bombings inside the Green Line."

Of course no one but Sharon could have given the green light for
such an important operation. Sharon's provocation against the Hamas
anti-Semites had its intended affect. Within days Hamas resumed
attacks against Israeli civilians. In March a Hamas bomber killed 25
civilians in the Passover attack that was then used by Sharon as his
excuse to attack the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority
while leaving the Hamas stronghold of Gaza untouched.

The U.S. government's massive military support to the Zionist State
and, to a lesser extent to the repressive Saudi Arabian monarchy is
responsible for the bloodshed in Palestine. The racist state of
Israel currently receives 300,000 dollars per hour in U.S. military
and economic aid. The F-16 bombers, Apache and Cobra helicopters used
in the latest attacks are just some of the weapons used to kill
Palestinians that are made in the United States.

Socialists stand for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel and all
of the crowned princes, sheiks, emirs, and Islamic fanatics of the
Middle East. We understand that these U.S. policies are the policies
of both the Democrat and Republican Parties. Imperialist policy isn't
the result of some misunderstanding by these parties of the wealthy.
Instead the repressive and genocidal policies of U.S. imperialism flow
from the drive for profits by the rapacious U.S. capitalists that rule
America and much of the world. From this understanding socialists
know that the only way we will get a just foreign policy, fair
treatment of workers and the poor, and sound ecological policies is
through a socialist revolution in the United States.

---Steve Argue, for Liberation News

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