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Interpal and Hamas: Prayers, ceremonies, and home

Ibrahim Hewitt is chairman and a trustee of the British charity Interpal. He’s the man on the left in the picture below. In the middle is Interpal’s Birmingham representative Zaid Hassan, also know as Zaid Yemeni. To Hassan’s left is Mohamed Ali Harrath, the CEO of Islam Channel.

They are praying in Gaza at the tomb of Hamas founder and leader Ahmed Yassin. He was a vicious man who said he and his terrorist band were “proud” of Hamas murders of Israeli civilians.

The Movement within two months [after the intifada broke] was able to launch qualitative operations that shook the world… there are qualitative Jihad operations such as those in Natanya and Khadera. We are proud of such operations and the next days will witness better and bigger ones

The Netanya attack was a suicide bombing of a Passover seder in a hotel. Thirty people were killed. The Hadera attack was a car bombing on the town’s main street. It killed two people on a passing bus.

While he was in the cemetery, Zaid Hassan also found time to pray at the nearby tomb of another Hamas leader, Abdel Aziz Rantissi.

Rantissi too was a horrible hater:

By God, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine. We will fight them with all the strength we have. This is our land, not the Jews.

Who thought God was on his side:

We knew that Bush is the enemy of God, the enemy of Islam and Muslims. America declared war against God. Sharon declared war against God, and God declared war against America, Bush and Sharon.

Hamas replenishes its top ranks, of course. Since 2009 Interpal has staged several “Miles of Smiles” convoy visits to Gaza, where it goes to meet them at ceremonies.

Here, for example, is Interpal vice chairman and trustee Essam Mustafa (second from right). He is also known as Essam Yusuf. He is with Hamas leaders (from the left) Ahmed Al-Kurd, Ziad Al-Zaza, Ismail Haniyeh, and Khalil Al-Hayya.

Here’s Ahmed Al-Kurd (on the left) again, this time paying a visit to the opening ceremony of Interpal’s Gaza office. Seated behind the table are Essam Mustafa and Majdi Aqil. Aqil is Interpal’s Manchester representative. Before moving to the UK, he was a member of Hamas in Gaza. Among those standing in the background are Zaid Hassan and Ibrahim Dar, Interpal’s Bradford representative and a fan of Al Qaeda preacher and recruiter Anwar Al-Awlaki.

Another “Miles of Smiles” convoy reached Gaza this week. It was greeted by Hamas MP Yunus Al-Astal.

Al-Astal has been banned from the UK. This is how the Home Office described him in 2009:

Preacher. Considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs and to provoke others to terrorist acts.

He certainly does glorify terrorist violence. In fact, women too should commit murder:

In the second Al-Aqsa Intifada, females martyrdom-seekers emerged. These are young women, in the prime of their life, at a time when girls like these think only about jewelry and preparing for marriage. Nevertheless, they went to their martyrdom, advancing head-on with a great fighting spirit. This Intifada of ours has recorded more than 15 exemplary cases of girls who were martyred for the sake of Allah. But not before making the Jews – the brothers of apes and pigs – taste the bitterness of death

The most important message is that our enemies should know that there is no place for them on the land of Palestine. Each and every boy and man, and each and every girl and woman, is a potential martyrdom-seeker. The enemy should know that we are prepared to wear explosive belts, and to throw ourselves in the midst of the enemy, in order to make them taste the evil consequences of their deeds. They should know that they have no other choice – either they leave or they will die, even if it takes a long time.

Actually, Jews deserve a Holocaust:

For example, in a column in the weekly Al Risalah, Sheik Yunus al-Astal, a Hamas legislator and imam, discussed a Koranic verse suggesting that “suffering by fire is the Jews’ destiny in this world and the next.”

“The reason for the punishment of burning is that it is fitting retribution for what they have done,” Mr. Astal wrote on March 13. “But the urgent question is, is it possible that they will have the punishment of burning in this world, before the great punishment” of hell? Many religious leaders believe so, he said, adding, “Therefore we are sure that the holocaust is still to come upon the Jews.”

While Hitler’s Holocaust was a “lie”:

A Hamas spiritual leader said Monday that teaching Palestinian children about the Nazis’ murder of six million Jews would be a “war crime.” The leader, Yunis al-Astal, lashed out after hearing that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency was considering the introduction of Holocaust lessons in some of the 221 schools the United Nations runs in Gaza. Adding the Holocaust to the curriculum would amount to “marketing a lie and spreading it,” Dr. Astal wrote in a statement.

For Al-Astal, though, slaughtering Jews is not enough. He wants Rome too, and more:

Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our Prophet Muhammad. Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam…”

The diatribe was aired on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV and predicted that Rome would become “an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread though Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, even Eastern Europe.”

What a suitable host for a “Miles of Smiles” convoy.

After all the excitement in Gaza, what to do back home in boring old England? Oh, go to Parliament. Interpal chairman Ibrahim Hewitt was invited to speak there just last month in a meeting apparently arranged by Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn. The main purpose of the meeting was to promote the idiocy and slander of Robert Lambert, the ex Met copper who has been bought at a very low price by people in the UK aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Interpal too is under his wing:

The book shows that successful and effective British Muslim organisations, such as Interpal, have been wrongly demonised because of their active support for Palestinians.

One can also upload inspiring videos when at home. Here’s one added to Youtube by “Youth Talk Dawah”, a “youth services” group led by Ibrahim Dar, the Bradford representative of Interpal. It is a propaganda film of the “armed wing” of Hamas which threatens Jews with murder and celebrates violence and death.