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Lee Boyland on Obama's UN visit

Beware the ‘Ides’ of September
Lee Boyland
September 21, 2011
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has stated he intends to ask the UN’s General Assembly to grant the Palestinian state full membership with 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital. Abbas told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday he would press ahead with plans to ask for a Security Council vote on Friday on Palestinian membership.

This means the UN, if it approves the request, will create a new nation, Palestine. The reason for the request, according to Zakariya al-Agha, the PLO’s top representative in the Gaza Strip, is President Barack Obama’s speech to the UN in September 2010, where he talked about the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state within one year. Another factor was might be that President Obama’s first call to a foreign leader went to Abbas.

Who is Abbas, and what constitutes Palestine? Mahmoud Abbas, 75, is also known as Abu Mazen. He graduated from the University of Damascus, and then moved to Egypt to study law and history. After earning a Ph.D in history he continued his studies at Moscow’s Institute of Oriental Studies. In 1957 he became one of the founding members – alongside Yasser Arafat and Khalil al-Wazir (a/k/a Abu Jihad) — of the Fatah movement, which eventually became one of the major Palestinian political parties and the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). In 1980, Abbas was named the PLO's foreign relations director. In 1988, after the assassination of al-Wazir, he took on the responsibilities of organizing the Palestinian resistance in the territories. In 1996 he was named the PLO's secretary-general, effectively becoming the organization's number-two man and Yasser Arafat's successor as chairman of the PLO. He was elected president in January 2005.

The Palestinian Authority held elections in 2006. Hamas, Fatha’s political rival participated for the first time and won 76 of the 132 seats in parliament, which weakened Abbas’ authority. It didn’t take long for Hamas and Fatah forces to clash in the streets. Saudi Arabia brokered a deal on March 17, 2007 between the two factions, resulting in the Palestinian unity government, which lasted for two and a half months. Fighting escalated to civil war status by June.

Hamas took over the Gaza Strip on June 13th, and threatened to execute anyone affiliated with Fatah. Fatah leadership fled to the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas dissolved the Unity Government on June 14, 2007. With the support of Israel, the US, and the Arab League, Abbas named Salam Fayad the Palestinian prime minister and swore in a new Palestinian government on June 17th.

Today, the Palestinian Authority rules the West Bank, and Hamas rules the Gaza Strip, two separate political entities. Khaled Meshaal, Chief, Hamas Political Bureau is the leader of Hamas. Abbas has no control over Meshaal, and the US considers Hamas to be a terrorist organization—a fact validated Hamas’ rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

Who is Hamas and what is their objective? The answer is found in Hamas’ Charter:

The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)
18 August 1988
In The Name Of The Most Merciful Allah

"Ye are the best nation that hath been raised up unto mankind: ye command that which is just, and ye forbid that which is unjust, and ye believe in Allah. And if they who have received the scriptures had believed, it had surely been the better for them: there are believers among them, but the greater part of them are transgressors. They shall not hurt you, unless with a slight hurt; and if they fight against you, they shall turn their backs to you, and they shall not be helped. They are smitten with vileness wheresoever they are found; unless they obtain security by entering into a treaty with Allah, and a treaty with men; and they draw on themselves indignation from Allah, and they are afflicted with poverty. This they suffer, because they disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew the prophets unjustly; this, because they were rebellious, and transgressed." (Al-Imran - verses 109-111).

Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

Article One:
The Islamic Resistance Movement: The Movement's program is Islam. From it, it draws its ideas, ways of thinking and understanding of the universe, life and man. It resorts to it for judgment in all its conduct, and it is inspired by it for guidance of its steps.

Article Two:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine….

Article Seven
As a result of the fact that those Muslims who adhere to the ways of the Islamic Resistance Movement spread all over the world, rally support for it and its stands, strive towards enhancing its struggle, the Movement is a universal one…

The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist invaders. It goes back to 1939*, …

* The Mufti of Jerusalem made a deal with Hitler to bring the Final Solution to Palestine.

Moreover, if the links have been distant from each other and if obstacles, placed by those who are the lackeys of Zionism in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle, 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 Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (a hadith, a story, related by both al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Article Eight:
Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.

Article Eleven:
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim 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. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Muslim generations until Judgment Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Muslim generations till Judgment Day?

This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Muslims have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Muslims consecrated these lands to Muslim generations till the Day of Judgment….

Article Thirteen:
Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they fight. "Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know."…

Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Muslim problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realizing the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Muslims as arbitrators. When did the infidels do justice to the believers? …

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. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with.…

Article Fourteen:
The question of the liberation of Palestine is bound to three circles: the Palestinian circle, the Arab circle and the Islamic circle. Each of these circles has its role in the struggle against Zionism. Each has its duties, and it is a horrible mistake and a sign of deep ignorance to overlook any of these circles. Palestine is an Islamic land which has the first of the two kiblahs (direction to which Muslims turn in praying), the third of the holy (Islamic) sanctuaries, and the point of departure for Mohamed's midnight journey* to the seven heavens (i.e. Jerusalem)…

* Known as the night journey Muhammad rode the mythical animal, al Buraq, from Mecca to Jerusalem, met Gabriel and prayed in a mosque (the farthest mosque which had not been built), ascended into the 7 heavens, met biblical prophets and Allah, and then returned to Mecca the same night. This is the basis for Muslims’ claim on the Temple Mount.

Since this is the case, liberation of Palestine is then an individual duty for very Muslim wherever he may be. On this basis, the problem should be viewed. This should be realized by every Muslim.

The day the problem is dealt with on this basis, when the three circles mobilize their capabilities, the present state of affairs will change and the day of liberation will come nearer….

Article Fifteen:
The day that enemies usurp part of Muslim land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Muslim. In face of the Jews' usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised. To do this requires the diffusion of Islamic consciousness among the masses, both on the regional, Arab and Islamic levels. It is necessary to instill the spirit of Jihad in the heart of the nation so that they would confront the enemies and join the ranks of the fighters….

Article Twenty-Seven
… Secularism completely contradicts religious [Islamic] ideology. Attitudes, conduct and decisions stem from ideologies…

The day the Palestinian Liberation Organization adopts Islam as its way of life, we will become its soldiers, and fuel for its fire that will burn the enemies….

Article Twenty-Eight:
The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.

Arab countries surrounding Israel are asked to open their borders before the fighters from among the Arab and Islamic nations so that they could consolidate their efforts with those of their Muslim brethren in Palestine.

As for the other Arab and Islamic countries, they are asked to facilitate the movement of the fighters from and to it, and this is the least thing they could do.

We should not forget to remind every Muslim that when the Jews conquered the Holy City in 1967, they stood on the threshold of the Aqsa Mosque and proclaimed that "Mohammed is dead, and his descendants are all women."

Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. "May the cowards never sleep."

Article Thirty-One:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a humanistic movement. It takes care of human rights and is guided by Islamic tolerance when dealing with the followers of other religions. It does not antagonize anyone of them except if it is antagonized by it or stands in its way to hamper its moves and waste its efforts.

Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - to coexist in peace and quiet with each other. Peace and quiet would not be possible except under the wing of Islam*. Past and present history are the best witness to that.

* People of the Book (Christians and Jews), are dhimmis, subjects under Shariah law’s rules for non-Muslims—dhimmitude.

It is the duty of the followers of other religions to stop disputing the sovereignty of Islam in this region, because the day these followers should take over there will be nothing but carnage, displacement and terror. …

Islam confers upon everyone his legitimate rights. Islam prevents the incursion on other people's rights. The Zionist Nazi activities against our people will not last for long….

Now one must ask two questions: (1) what is the status of the Palestinian refugees; and (2) does Abbas speak for all of the proposed new Palestinian state?

Abdullah Abdullah, the Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon, has provided the answer to the first question. Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the new Palestinian state, an issue he said has been much discussed. “They are Palestinians, that’s their identity,” Abdullah said. “But...they are not automatically citizens. This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that “even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.”

So how does forming a new Palestinian state solve the refugee problem? Will they be “returned” to Israel? Sounds like a plan—but wait—isn’t Israel going to be wiped from the map? If so, how can the refugees be returned?

Oh, how stupid of me. The refugees will have been returned before Israel is wiped off the map. That’s what I call planning.

Now, the second question. The answer is found in Article Twenty-Seven, “The day the Palestinian Liberation Organization adopts Islam as its way of life, we will become its soldiers…”

So, the UN is being asked to form a new Palestinian state consisting of two factions at war with each other, with Israel physically in the middle. Hamas regularly attacks Israel with mortars and rockets—an act of war once Palestine becomes a nation. Wow! The UN is going to create a new problem for it to solve. In industry that’s call creating job security. In the real world, that’s called creating mayhem.

Unintended consequences is a popular buzz word these days. The following are some of the unintended consequences that can occur:

▪ Israel will not, cannot, accept the UN changing its borders to 1967.

▪ Hamas will attack Israel from the Gaza Strip province of Palestinian;

▪ Israel will declare war on the new nation of Palestinian if Hama continues attacking it.

▪ Other Arab states will support the new Palestinian state and join the war against Israel.

▪ The US will either enter the war in support of Israel—or—Israel will be wiped off the map—or,

▪ Israel will wipe the Middle East off the map.

What a conundrum.

Boy, I sure am enjoying Obama’s change!