Mahmoud al-Zahar is a senior leader of of Hamas in Gaza. Readers may recall his presence at a ceremony earlier this month where prominent figures in Viva Palestina were decorated for their services to Hamas.
Here’s another of those figures. It’s Pippa Bartolotti, a former prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party, gazing with admiration at top Hamas man Ismail Haniyeh and Zahar.
For more pictures of the Viva Palestina crew with their Hamas heroes, including Zahar, click here.
Zahar is of course the man who said Jewish children around the world should be murdered to avenge Israel’s attack on Hamas in the Gaza war.
“They have legitimised the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine,” Mahmoud Zahar said in a televised broadcast recorded at a secret location. “They have legitimised the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people.”
Not that any of this troubles Bartolotti. This is from her blog:
Mahmoud al Zahar was clearly a knowledgeable man, well educated and by the nature of his knowledge, anti Jew. It seemed to me that he no longer separated Zionism from the ordinary Jew, but living under siege as he did with warplanes and warships continually threatening his people, killing his children and destroying his homes one could hardly blame him.
Here is some more of Zahar’s wisdom, this time about the West, shared in an interview with Reuters.
We have the right to control our life according to our religion, not according to your religion. You have no religion. You are secular.
You do not live like human beings. You do not [even] live like animals. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticize us?
We are the ones who respect women and honor women … not you.
You use women as an animal. She has one husband and hundreds of thousands of boyfriends. You don’t know who is the father of your sons because of the way you respect women.
We understand you very well. You are poor people. Morally poor. Don’t criticize us because of what we are.
This scorn and hatred will probably only encourage the grotesque Western idiots who serve Hamas.
Here’s the next step. A reception for the servants of Hamas in Parliament on Tuesday, hosted by Labour MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Slaughter and Lord Andrew Phillips of the Liberal Democrats.
Eyewitness reports from the Viva Palestina convoy, MP’s and architects about the situations in Gaza
Tuesday 2nd November, 7pm, House of Commons, London, SW1A
* Jeremy Corbyn MP
* Lord Andrew Phillips
* Andy Slaughter MP
* Kevin Ovenden, Viva Palestina
* Richard Allday, Unite the Union
* Amena Saleem, Palestine Solidarity Campaign
* Yara Sharif and Nasser Golzari, Palestine Regeneration Team
Chair: Sarah Colborne, on the Mavi Marmara and PSC’s Director of Campaigns and Operations
Hamas is doing very well in Britain, thanks to people on the left.