Some thoughts on Resistance, Hamas, and the future of Palestine


Some Thoughts on Resistance

 

I have befriended and cooperated with many Quakers over the years, and I deeply admire their commitment to peace, and the time and efforts that they give towards achieving this goal

 

However, there is a fundamental issue that tends to be misjudged and miscalculated by those lovely, compassionate and peace-loving people; when they talk about the problem of Palestine, they are inclined to blame and condemn both sides equally; i.e they equate the immoral actions of the criminal with the understandable reactions of the victim

 

Equating the instinctive response of the oppressed -who have been massacred, humiliated and dehumanized day in and day out for generations-, with the aggressive and brutal acts of the oppressor is a severe deviation from justice 

 

Morally speaking: how -for the love of God- could we condemn those who are being slaughtered when they try to push their butchers away?

 

Some times the only way to sincerely help a criminal is by stopping him/ her from committing more crimes.

 

There is nothing more helpful or supportive to the tyrant criminals than teaching the man who has been constantly crushed and incessantly raped, victimized and butchered not to defend himself

 

We can not possibly equate the violent assault of oppressor with the self-protection of oppressed

 

The ACTION of AGGRESSION and OPPRESSION is NOT the same as the REACTION of SELF-PRESERVATION

 

 

To teach otherwise and to condemn equally both the oppressor and the oppressed, to
measure the actions of the two with the same yardstick, does not hold well with laws or ethics, human or Divine.


 God
looks with tenderness, love, forgiveness and compassion at those who are
severely abused, brutalized, oppressed exploited and browbeaten, so much so
that they are forced to react

 

"Beware of the plea of the oppressed, for he asks God most high only for his due, and God does not keep one who has a right from receiving what is due." A saying of Muhammed peace be upon him

 

Our disapproval and condemnation must be focused on those who initiate aggression, oppress nations, and commit genocide.


The
permeation to defend oneself (but NEVER to initiate aggression) is given to
those who suffer the risk of annihilation and extermination by the One who
created them

Who am I to deny those who are burning under tonnes of blazing missiles, that
basic human right?

Who am I to judge their re-actions or intentions, as they tremble under the
explosions of bombs?

Who am I to moralise with them as they pick up the limbs of their babies and
loved ones?

“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight back),
because they are wronged; and verily, God is most powerful for their aid; (
22:39-40)

 

Did we not know that

A man

With a knife

Against his throat

Has the right

To push His butcher

Away!!

 

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Bishop Desmond Tutu

 

To give an analogy;

 

If a thief comes to your home, kills some of your children, kicks some of them out, and locks you in the basement for sixty years, while raging havoc in your house and garden

 

Then you are told that the only solution is to negotiate with the murderer thief; however the thief refuses to talk to you because you words are unpleasant and they disturb his peace; as you keep making noise in the basement, and you throw some fire works out to your garden to get the attention of some neighbours with conscience.

 

 Then finally the police intervene, and then after arming the thief to his teeth they persuade him to agree to talk to you.

 

At long last the thief agrees to talk to you, but he comes with a list of demands, including:

 

No talks about your children, who’ve been kicked out

 No talks about any room in the house

 No talks about his incessant torture of your children

No talks about allowing you to use the bathroom upstairs

 No talks about which corner of the basement he might give you

 

Furthermore, he demands that you respect the facts on the grounds, and should never ask to resolve the injustice by going back to how things were 60 years ago

 

Not only that, he demands also that you accept his right to exist in your house forever, and his right to control your water supply, electricity, food, and movement

 

 Then to add the icing on the cake, of course, you are not supposed to moan or mention your pain over the past sixty years

 

You must only be grateful, that the murderer thief would humble himself and talk to you

 

I am intrigued to find out what would YOU do if you were in that situation?

 

Would you accept sharing your house with the thief and live in the basement?

 

If you say you do, I would like to see you openly inviting some zionists who settled in my stolen farm to come to yours and share it with you, and if they come fully armed I hope you don’t mind, and that you accept them graciously

 

If all the Quakers and those who condemn the desperate Palestinians for their extreme reactions to extreme situations would live by their word and do exactly what they want the Palestinians to do; i.e. offer their homes to the zionists, that would be a breakthrough

 

 All we need is a few millions to do this ultimate act of sacrifice by being a living archetype, in fact that could be a vital approach to a peaceful solution and a good lesson to us all

 

We humans find it easy to moralise and pass judgements, but much harder to live by what we preach

As
for killing innocent people, here are some thoughts
:

 

 

Firstly:

We, as Muslims, must NOT allow our pain and outrage at the hostility, horrors
and crimes we have seen to deviate us from justice and from upholding our
ethics!

"O ye who believe! be steadfast firmly for God, as witnesses to fair
dealing, Let not a group’s hostility to you cause you to deviate from
justice
. Be just, for it is closer to piety. Be God conscious; for God is
Well Aware of what you do." (Quran; 5-8 )

secondly:

Qur’anic principles admonish followers of Islam against killing children and
innocent people who are not actively involved in war, Muslims are prohibited
from even cutting trees, demolishing homes and houses of worship, or causing
damage to nature during war

"No soul shall be made to bear the burden (liability) of another." (35:18
)

Thirdly:


In the zionist entity, there are no civilians except children, , every man and
woman MUST serve in the army for 2-3 years, and they stay in the reserve until they
retire


Fourthly:

 

Hamas, as an Islamic
Resistance Movement, theoretically adheres to those principles, and respects
them; however, the human factor, the incessant devastatation, the constant
trauma caused by long term brutality and the never-ending killing of
Palestinian children infuriates the most sane person into anger and outrage

In no way, Hamas, justifies the killing of innocent children:

Hamas: Rocket attacks not aimed at Israeli women, children

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/971873.html

Gaza – The Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday denied
targeting Israeli children and women with rocket fire from the
Gaza Strip.

"Hamas doesn’t mean to kill children with its rockets," spokesman
Ismail Radwan told reporters in the Hamas-ruled
Gaza Strip in response to a statement made by
al-Qaida’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who said Hamas’ random rockets
kill women and children in violation of Islamic law.

Radwan added that "the ongoing conflict between Israel and the
Palestinians may involve some killing of children," accusing the Israeli
army of "deliberately killing children, women and destroying houses and
mosques."

“We are freedom fighters, not gangs,” a senior Hamas official in Gaza told the AP. “Women and children are not a
target for Hamas. They have never been a target and they will never be our main
target despite the daily killing of our women and children by
Israel in cold blood.

Abu Mahmoud, a spokesman for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank,
said the group was “shocked by what we see on television” about the Russian
school standoff.
“We would never agree to such a thing,” he said. “We never did such a thing and
never would. When there is an explosion and children are killed, we are sorry
for this because this was a mistake, not on purpose.”

http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=2&x_article=756

Hamas: rocket attacks not meant to kill Israeli children

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/05/content_7924868.htm

Enough to look at the figures to see who is really targeting children:

123 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,050 Palestinian
children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000. http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

Fifthly:

Hamas has offered cease fire many times, Hamas has offered the ending of
killing civilians on both sides, and all this was rejected and ignored by the
warmongers of zion, time and again

Hamas offers to renew cease-fire with Israel
Friday, June 16, 2006


http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/06/15/hamas.ceasefire/index.html

Israel rejects Gaza cease-fire offer
Sep 21, 2007

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1189411457380&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Ehud Olmert rejects Hamas’ offer of cease-fire in Gaza Strip
23/12/2007

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/937196.html

Olmert rejects Hamas cease-fire offer
Tue., December 25, 2007

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/937511.html

ISRAEL REJECTS HAMAS CEASE-FIRE OFFER AS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS DEEPENS IN GAZA
April 25, 2008

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0425/p99s01-duts.html

Israel rejects Hamas cease-fire offer as humanitarian crisis deepens in Gaza
Fri Apr 25 08


http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080425/wl_csm/odu0425

 
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