Letter: Hamas hasn’t renounced charter

To the editor:

Hamas is a political party based on a hatred of Jews. Antisemitism can be expressed by any endorsement and/or written support of such hate groups without reservations. In his Nov. 26 letter to the editor entitled, “Hamas is patently antisemitic,” a Sharon resident made a concise and factual presentation on Hamas’ 1988 charter, which has not been officially renounced or modified since Hamas’ electoral victory in 2006.

Quite the opposite has occurred in recent weeks. Hamas chief, Khaled Mashaal, reiterated Hamas’ commitment to wipe out the Jewish state: “We are not giving up an inch of Palestine. It will remain Islamic and Arab for us and nobody else. Jihad and armed resistance is the only way.”

Only fools believe Mashaal is only referring to the 1967 armistice borders and nothing more.

In a Dec. 10 letter to the editor, a Temple resident claims her “...criticisms of Israel are strictly political” and further mentions: “Nowhere in any of my letters will you ever find a criticism of Jewish beliefs or Jews as a people. Nowhere. Ever.” So while she cheerfully goes about endorsing Hamas as a legitimate political entity in numerous past letters, she can austerely claim her own piety and purity on the issue of antisemitism. Hamas’ hatred for Israel is clearly motivated by the hatred of Jewish people. What motivates a local critic of Israel to endorse Hamas without reservations while deliberately ignoring Hamas’ open antisemitism over the same 10-year span?

James Moon


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