Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar has delivered a TV address saying that Western civilization “will not be able to withstand the great and glorious Islam, with its great humane platform.” According to a MEMRI translation of excerpts from address aired on Lebanon-based Al-Quds TV in late October:
Mahmoud Al-Zahhar: “America is leaving Iraq and Afghanistan, and Allah willing, it will leave Palestine, along with its allies. It will leave in humiliation and disgrace. Our people and our enterprise, on the other hand, will move forward. Today, we emphasize that our plan is not confined to the liberation of Palestine. The Islamic nation in its entirety will bring a smile to the faces of all the people in the world, and will wipe the tears from the eyes of all human beings."
Our plan is the cure for all the maladies of this Western civilization, which knows only to contain or kill, to control or destroy, to clash with people or to contain them. “This civilization will not be able to withstand the great and glorious Islam, with its great humane platform. […] “The Arab nation has begun to reap the fruits of the hot Arab Spring. Yesterday, the Islamists won in Tunisia, tomorrow, they will win in Egypt, and then in Libya, until Islam, which rules in accordance with the Koran, will prevail throughout the land.” […]
The Hamas charter states that it is ” is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and an early media report indicated that shortly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives were present to review Hamas military formations.
In 2007, a Hamas journalist acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons and in 2008, an Israeli TV station reported that Muslim Brotherhood “representatives” had traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the open border to meet with Hamas.
Hamas is supported financially and politically by the global Muslim Brotherhood. A NEFA Foundation report has documented the Hamas fund-raising activities of the Union of Good, a coalition of Islamic charities linked to the Brotherhood that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. Previous posts by Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report have also discussed the worldwide campaign orchestrated by the global Muslim Brotherhood against Israeli actions in Gaza during the 2008-2009 conflict with Israel. Anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli incitement in Hamas media is commonly reported.
Al-Zahhar, born in Egypt in 1945, has served as Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. His son, Khaled, allegedly died at the hands of Israeli agents who were attempting to arrest or kill Al-Zahhar. Another son, Hussam, was killed in an Israeli raid on Gaza in 2008. During the 2008-2009 Gaza War known in Israel as Operation Cast Lead, Al-Zahhar reportedly said during a television broadcast that the Israelis "have legitimized the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine... They have legitimized the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people." Some moderate Muslims denounced the remark.