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The Inevitable Truth about Hamas: A Lesson for Protesters on US University Campuses

In examining Hamas’s radical doctrine – an organization recognized as a terrorist entity by numerous nations – I refer to the Hamas covenant[1] to explore its militant ideology and implications, particularly considering the heinous attack in October 2023. The Al-Nukhba terrorists conducted a brutal and barbaric attack on innocent Israeli civilians, resulting in the murder and kidnapping of over 1200 individuals, including children, women, elderly, and sick people. This monstrous incident underscores the reprehensible nature of Hamas’s actions and highlights the urgent need to confront its radical ideological position.

This essay aims to enlighten and educate the anarchist, militant, ignorant pro-Palestinian/pro-Hamas protesters on U.S. and EU university campuses by analyzing pivotal articles from the Hamas covenant:

Article Two[2] of the Hamas covenant sets up its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine, underscoring its role as one of the largest Islamic movements in modern times. This affiliation serves as a foundational element of Hamas’s deep-rooted commitment to Islamic principles and its persistent dedication to Palestinian liberation.

Article Six emphasizes Hamas’s unwavering dedication to Islam and its mission to establish Islamic rule over Palestine. It presents Islam as the solution to regional conflicts, advocating for peaceful coexistence under Islamic governance and warning of turmoil and oppression otherwise.

Article Seven traces Hamas’s history back to the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine in 1939 and its later involvement in the Palestinian struggle against Zionist invaders[3]. This historical context illustrates Hamas’s continuity with past resistance efforts and its aspiration to fulfill Allah’s promise of liberation, regardless of obstacles.

Article Eleven asserts the Islamic sanctity of Palestine as Waqf land, consecrated for Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It rejects relinquishment of Palestinian territory, emphasizing Islam’s role in shaping the region’s destiny and its religious significance globally.

Article Thirteen dismisses peaceful solutions and international conferences as contradictory to Hamas’s principles, declaring Jihad[4] as the sole means of addressing the Palestinian question. It condemns attempts to compromise Palestinian rights and sovereignty, emphasizing the religious obligation of Jihad in confronting Zionist state.

Article fourteen contextualizes the Palestinian struggle within three interconnected spheres: the Palestinian, the Arab, and the Islamic. It highlights the shared responsibility of these spheres in resisting Zionism and striving for liberation, underlining the religious importance of Palestine for Muslims globally. Palestine holds the distinction of being the first qiblah (direction Muslims face in prayer), the third holiest sanctuary in Islam, and the starting point of Prophet Muhammad’s miraculous journey to the seven heavens, making it significant for Muslims worldwide[5].

Article Fifteen asserts the individual duty of every Muslim to engage in Jihad when enemies seize Muslim land. It calls for the diffusion of Islamic awareness and the implementation of Jihadist spirit among Muslims, particularly within educational systems, to confront Zionist.

In summary, understanding Hamas’s radical ideological position is paramount for educating ignorant protestors on university campuses violently propagating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Pure hatred and homophobia are disguised under the appearance of Palestinian solidarity, making it crucial to understand Hamas’s true intentions and combat misinformation. Recognizing Hamas’s radical ideology is crucial for fostering dialogue and advancing towards a sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, rather than relying on ignorance.

[1] The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement 18 August 1988 – see The Avalon Project: Hamas Covenant 1988 (yale.edu)

[2] For Articles numbers refer to footnote 1

[3]. It is important to clarify that the establishment of the state of Israel did not result from a Zionist invasion, but rather from United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181. This resolution proposed the partition of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into separate Jewish and Arab states. Passed on November 29, 1947, with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions, and one absence, the resolution was accepted by the Jewish community in Palestine. However, it was rejected by the Arab community in Palestine and the neighboring Arab states. On May 15, 1948, Israel declared independence. Shortly afterward, Egypt, followed by Arab forces from Transjordan (Jordan), Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, launched attacks on Israel.

[4]For more details, see e.g., Afsaruddin, Asma. “jihad”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 24 Apr. 2024, https://www.britannica.com/topic/jihad .  Accessed 6 May 2024.

[5]The history of Jews in the Land of Israel dates back thousands of years, with archaeological evidence indicating a continuous Jewish presence in the region since ancient times. It is crucial to emphasize that millennia before the Quran, the biblical narrative affirms the divine promise of the land of Israel to the people of Israel by God Himself. In a covenant with Abraham, God assured, “To you and your descendants, I will give this land.”  The Arabs first conquered the Land of Israel in the seventh century AD, during the Islamic expansion. Jerusalem fell to the Arab armies in 637 AD, marking the beginning of Arab-Muslim rule in the region.

About the Author
Dr. Levy is an Entrepreneur, Founder, and CEO specializing in the biomedical and medical devices sectors, and he is also a practicing lawyer. Additionally, he serves as an Executive Fellow at Woxsen University in Telangana, India.
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