In Tunis Islamists vow to destroy Israel, while Egyptians ban Jews from visiting tomb of Rabbi
Jerusalem, January 10, 2012
On Monday Ishmael Haniyeh visited Tunisia, during his first official Middle East tour as the prime minister of Hamas in Gaza.
During that tour he tried to generate support for his plan to launch a ‘holy war to liberate Jerusalem’.
When he addressed a cheering crowd in Tunis, he predicted ‘difficult times ahead for Israel’.
He also said the following:
“Israel no longer has allies in Egypt and in Tunisia, we are saying to the Zionist enemies that times have changed and that the time of the Arab Spring, the time of the revolution, of dignity and of pride has arrived”.
“We promise you that we will not cede a single part of Palestine, we will not cede Jerusalem, we will continue to fight and we will not lay down our arms,” he said.
“To Tunisia we say: ‘It is us today who are going to build the new Middle East’.”
Haniyeh’s comments were met by loud cheers and the crowd chanted: “Death to Israel”.
Islamist activists welcoming Haniya were heard chanting slogans like: “Kill the Jews, it is our duty”, along with anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian messages.
According to AFP, the rally, held at a sports stadium, was organized by the Islamist Ennahda party, which recently won Tunisian elections.
Those who think that the Fatah dominated PA is now prepared to make peace with Israel because it attends negotiations in Amman should take a look at the latest report of Palestinian Media Watch.
The organization reported today that the on January 4th the PA again commemorated the most deadly terrorist attack against Israeli citizens ever. This was done by broadcasting a video in which Dalal Mugrabi was glorified for leading that attack and for ‘declaring the (Palestinian) republic’.
Another development that signals that Israel is indeed heading for difficult times, was reported by Al-Masry al-Youm.
The Egyptian paper reported that a political alliance that encompasses the Muslim Brotherhood and the ‘moderate’ El Baradei movement wants to ban ‘Zionists’ (meaning Jews) from visiting the tomb of rabbi Abu Hasira.
In 2009, Israeli reports indicated that ousted President Hosni Mubarak agreed to a request on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to allow hundreds of Israelis to celebrate the festival.
The rabbi died in Damtu in 1880. Every year, thousands of Jews come to celebrate the anniversary of his death.
Abu Hasira was born in Morocco and, according to Jewish lore, the ship that was carrying him to Palestine sank. Abu Hasira floated on a straw mat which eventually landed on Syrian shores. The rabbi, according to Jewish tradition, went from Syria to Palestine and then on to Egypt.
The alliance said they will form human shields to prevent any “Zionist” visitors from visiting Abu Hasira’s tomb in the near future, saying that such a visit was unpopular, and unacceptable legally and politically, state-run news agency MENA said.
People who still think that a ‘new’ Middle East is emerging from the ‘Arab Spring’ should read Andrew Bostom’s book ‘Islamic anti-Semitism’.
The only one thing that is new here, is that today’s Jew-hatred in the Arab countries will be used to prepare the masses for the final ‘holy war’ against Israel by the newly formed Islamist coalition (Egypt, Libya,Tunisia,Sudan,Gaza) that emerged from the ‘Arab Spring’.
When I read accounts like this, I wonder if anyone else notices the backwardness and barbarity reflected in the statements and chants of these people?
By all appearances, the West hasn't.
There is something decidedly wrong with a society where the spewing of this kind of virulent hate is considered par for the course.
And there is something equally wrong with a society or world organization that that accepts it without comment.
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