Yesterday it was reported that Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of Chechnya, posted a scathing attack on Israel concerning Operation Protective Edge: “Chechen leader blasts Israel’s ‘unjustified cruelty’ towards Palestinians”
Quoting Kadyrov from rt.com:
“We are expressing our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those killed and call upon everyone to support the Palestinian people! Israel once again is demonstrating its completely unjustified cruelty. The missiles that had been launched from Palestine did Israel no harm. Nevertheless, the returned fire takes the lives of hundreds of Palestinians. Israel kills children, unprotected women and elderly people. Over 400 people died,”
Ironically, on May 9, 2004 Ramzan’s father Akhmad, then President of Chechnya, was assassinated by Chechen Islamists. His father never liked them. This makes Ramzan’s comments strikingly hypocritical. He himself fails to acknowledge the connection between the Chechen jihadis who murdered his father and Hamas who murder not only Israelis but their own Palestinian people. Ramzan shows that he is unable to fill the shoes of a modern nation-state leader.
Kadyrov’s attack on Israel is not unexpected nor surprising, given that he is a prominent Muslim leader who seeks solidarity and prestige with Arab countries, currying their favor.
I have blogged twice about Kadyrov. On March 20th blog I wrote about the interlocking links of his endorsement of the honor killing and political violence of terrorism in conjunction with the Boston Marathon Bombing in which he blamed American culture for the violence.
In my second blog I wrote about the mosque Kadyrov got to build in Israel. He was even allowed to come and dedicate it. With great pomp and circumstance he traveled from Jordan to Abu Ghosh on March 22, 2014. I attended the dedication.
Unfortunately I can now answer my own question which I raised in the title of that blog — Is the mosque in Abu Ghosh a holy place of tolerance? I have my doubts.
The dubious sign posted on the outer wall of The Abu Ghosh Mosque read:
“We are against Terror. We are for peace.”
At the dedication Salafis and the Islamic Northern Movement attended. These two groups cause violence and incite Israeli Arabs. They are our “Hamas.” Kadyrov incites as well. He has become part of the problem.
President Kadyrov — you can still right the wrong by acknowledging the truth — that it is Hamas who is killing its own people by using them as human shields. Do you really wish to collaborate with the Co-Assassins of your Father?
Kul ‘am wa antum bi khayr (Ar. I wish you to be well on this occasion [Ramadan] every year)