Know Your Enemy
Like reading Mein Kampf, there’s no better way to learn about your enemy than to listen to his own words.
The Grand Old Terrorists, the party of Yasser Arafat, may his name be erased. Now led by the ‘moderate’ Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah was founded in 1954 by Palestinian students including Yasser Arafat, and committed its first terrorist act in 1965. Fatah became the dominant faction of the PLO in 1969, when Arafat became chairman of its Executive Committee. Read the PLO Charter here. Excerpts from the charter are here.
You can read the complete Hamas Covenant here.
These Islamists tend to be wordy, though, so I’ve pulled out some excerpts from the Hamas Covenant here.
Is Hamas becoming more moderate? Here is what Memri said in November 2006:
In the nine months since it came to power, and despite the PLO’s demands, Hamas has not changed its views: It refuses to recognize Israel or acknowledge its legitimacy, insists that previous Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements will be recognized only if they serve Palestinian interests, continues to lay claim to all of Palestine, and, in exchange for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, offers only a temporary hudna (ceasefire). In addition, Hamas continues to express reservations about the Arab peace initiative of 2002, and to support resistance, jihad, and abduction of Israeli soldiers.
“This is a slightly abridged translation of “Nass al-Risala al-Maftuha allati wajahaha Hizballah ila-l-Mustad’afin fi Lubnan wa-l-Alam”, published February 16, 1985 in al-Safir (Beirut), and also in a separate brochure. It carries the unmistakable imprint of Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, the Hizballah mentor, and is inspired by his book Ma’maal-Quwma fi-l-Islam (Beirut 1979).” The Jerusalem Quarterly, number Forty-Eight, Fall 1988.
Read Hezbollah’s program here.
The former Iranian President is so far the only living individual to earn his own place on this page.
Read about the new Haman, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, here (you can also see video from Iranian TV coverage of the Holocaust denial conference).
Yes, we know that he is dead (Nov. 11, 2004), may his memory be erased. But it’s still worth understanding how this one evil man did more than anyone else to prevent peace between Israel and her neighbors, to prevent a just solution for the Palestinian refugees, and to popularize terrorism throughout the world. Who knows, his legacy may yet include a nuclear holocaust. You can find Arafat’s biography and other references here.