Only the Facts: A look at the Hamas – Israeli Conflict, Part 1

When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, I watched a detective show called Dragnet. If you are older like me, you may remember Joe Friday, played by actor Jack Webb. As he questioned a new witness in a case he was working on, he would repeatedly say, “The facts, Ma’am”. Just the facts.”

This statement seems quite appropriate as the world continues to watch the Hamas – Israeli War that began on October 7th, and the continued push for a 2-state solution by Arab and World leaders.

In this short piece, I will ask a question like Joe Friday, and provide information for you to consider. Some things are current, and some are centuries if not more than a millennium old. I am uncertain if it will change any opinions, but I would like to share information for everyone to consider.  

Q1: What happened on October 7, 2023?

This one is easy. As we can see,across a wide variety of media; Hamas attacked civilians in Israel.

What to Know about the Deadly Hamas Attack on an Israeli Music Festival, Aljazeera, Oct 10 ‘23

How the Hamas Attack on Israeli Unfolded, Reuters, Oct 7, ‘23

Oct. 7: Hamas Terrorists Burst through Border, Slaughter Israelis in Their Homes, Times of Israel, Oct 7 ‘23

Q2: Why did Hamas attack Israeli citizens?

To answer this question I will present 4 points for you to consider; from present to ancient past.

1) It has been widely known for years that Hamas is a terrorist group.

“Hamas’ Record of War Crimes:

Terrorist groups use human shields to cause Western militaries, such as Israel’s, to refrain from lawful attacks or risk being blamed from civilian casualties that are in fact the fault of the terrorist group. This time, Hamas is using not only Gazan civilians as human shields but also the more than 150 (highest number is 240) people it has kidnapped from Israel. Hamas has a long history of using human shields as a tactic of war, storing weapons, hiding terrorists, and launching rockets amid densely populated civilian areas, including schools, mosques, and hospitals. ” Hamas Acts to Prevent Northern Gazans from Fleeing South, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Oct 15, 2023

2) Hamas has proven that they have no respect for human life, no matter what race is involved. This includes civilians who were Chinese, Thai, Russian, French, Turkish, and Arab, as well as Jews.

Foreigners from at least 25 countries killed or missing in Israeli-Hamas War: At least 25 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas have confirmed their citizens were killed or are captive or missing following Hamas’ unprecedented incursion into Israel, Al-Monitor, Oct 9, 2023

3) The 1988 Covenant of Islamic Resistance Movement by Hamas reveals that one of the goals of this organization is to kill Jews. The following is found in Article Seven of this covenant.

“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari (810-870 AD) and Moslem). Hamas Covenant 1988: The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement, The Avalon Project, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library

4) Because the Jews, or more accurately the sons of Israel, did not accept Muhammad’s teachings in the 7th century, he attacked 3 Jewish tribes. One must remember, by the 600s the Tanakh, Old Testament, had been completed for 1,000 years, and the New Testament (all books by Jewish authors other than Luke and Acts) was completed by the end of the 1st century. For this reason, to be faithful to GOD, they would not follow other religions.

The following is an account of the massacre of the men of the Qurayzah tribe in 627 AD. The account is taken from Dr. Mark Gabriel’s work, The Unfinished Battle: Islam and the Jews. Dr. Gabriel was born in Egypt and earned his doctorate degree in Islamic history from Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

“Muhammad and his military put the village under siege for twenty-five days. The Jews were tired and afraid that Muhammad would kill them all. They realized that he would not leave until they surrendered, so they asked to surrender under the same terms as the people of Nadir, who were permitted to leave the village and take along the necessities of life.

However, after the Jews surrendered, Muhammad asked the leader of the pagan converts in Medina what he should do with the Jewish people. This man answered, ‘My judgment is to kill the men and divide the money, women and children among the soldiers.’

Muhammad agreed and told his friends, ‘You judged them with the judgement of Allah.’

Muhammad went to Medina’s marketplace and commanded his people dig trenches. Then they told all the Jewish men to march into these trenches.

As they were going, the Jewish people said to the leader of their tribe, ‘Look at what Muhammad is doing to us. Where do you think they are going to take us, and what do you think they are going to do to us?’

Their leader replied, ‘He is taking us to our deaths.’

Indeed he was. Muhammad and his people killed between eight hundred and nine hundred Jewish men that day. Their form of death was to cut the men’s necks with swords and let them bleed to death quickly. Then they buried the bodies in the trenches. The first part of the advice from Muhammad’s friend had been accomplished. Now the second part.”

After this horrible sight for the woman and children, Muhammad kept 20% of the money, women, and children for himself, giving the rest to his soldiers.

In 628, after he and his men drove the Jewish out of the village of Khaybar, he made a statement that has been practiced right up to the current Gaza War. He declared: “There will never be two religions in Arabia”.

Part 2 and 3

In Part 2 and 3, we will address more questions.

Is there a connection between Hamas and the Al-Shifa Hospital? Has Hamas, since the war they started on October 7th, actually used their own people as human shields? Was the attack on October 7th fostered by a fight for land or was this attack fostered by Muhammad’s words; “There will never be two religions in Arabia”? What has been the history of Jews living in other Arab countries in modern history, or across the Middle East for centuries before WWI?

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