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January 31, 2006

Suicide Voters - Or 'How Hamas Dooms Palestine'

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Hamas says that it wants an Islamic state all the way from the Jordan to the Mediterranean. It publishes and promulgates the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Why not assume that they mean what they say?

... the position of a non-Muslim or even non-Hamas Palestinian might soon be very unenviable also. A significant number of Palestinians are at least nominally Christian and have traditionally voted for leftist and secular parties: In recent years their centers of population in towns like Nazareth and Bethlehem have come under increasing pressure to conform to "Islamic Republic" rules. "In the Islamist Palestinian state," announced Hamas' leader Mahmoud al-Zahar before the election, "every citizen will be required to act in accordance with the codes of Islamic law." A Christmas report from Bethlehem in the Wall Street Journal made an attempt to grapple with this grievously underreported subject. It told of female Christian employees in the Bethlehem municipality who were being forbidden to greet male visitors with a handshake. It contained an interview with the leader of the Hamas group on the Bethlehem City Council, who announced his party's intention to impose the al-Jeziya as soon as it was strong enough to do so. This is the tax, sometimes called the dhimmi or "unbeliever" tax, that is levied on all those who will not profess that there is one god and that Mohammed is his messenger. Aside from the offensiveness of this, imagine the opportunities for Ottoman-style corruption that it affords.
Read more about what Christopher Hitchens has to say of the Hamas win and the disasterous effects of Islamic rule that are to be felt in Palestine ...

Posted by Richard at January 31, 2006 10:30 PM

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