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Mali, Hamas and Al Qaeda

The Elder of Ziyon points to the following Hamas tweet:

#Muslims in #Britain Protest against #MaliWar (Video) …#Humanrights #Terror #France #French#WarOnMali

The video they link to shows Al Muhajiroun demonstrating against the French presence in Mali. As you can see, it was put on Youtube by MEMRI:

Note: this isn’t the supposedly ‘moderate’ and ‘pragmatic’ Islamists of Hamas distancing themselves from international jihadist politics. Rather, they’re identifying themselves with it.

They go on to make their position more explicit:

The notion that Islamists affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood are opponents of Al Qaeda is a dangerous fantasy. It has led various governments, Britain and the US included, to buy the nonsense that the Muslim Brotherhood is an effective bulwark against Al Qaeda, when in fact they are substantially aligned, except where they are in direct competition with each other for power.

Look, for example, at Hamas’ reaction to the death of Bin Laden:

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday condemned the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden and mourned him as an “Arab holy warrior.”

“We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood,” Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told reporters.

Though he noted doctrinal differences between bin Laden’s al Qaeda and Hamas, Haniyeh said: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.”

There was a similar reaction from the senior British Islamist, El Helbawy, who founded the UK’s Muslim Brotherhood franchise. Raed Salah’s Islamic Movement, the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel, called Bin Laden a “sheikh” and a “martyr” and the Imam of Al Aqsa Mosque called for his death to be avenged.

All of this is easy to see. All you have to do is to read the twitter pages of these organisations, or the occasional and largely local news reports.

However, for some reason, these clear statements are routinely ignored because to do so would undermine the myth that Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood are moderate and pragmatic political organisations.


Oh, and of course, Morsi opposes the French presence in Mali. So obviously the US should give him some planes and tanks.