The problem of Hamas

Paul Trewhela says the reality is Hamas-type politics is now on the march in southern Africa

The problem of Hamas

8 June 2021

Why are there no protests and demonstrations in South Africa against the Islamic jihad now securely entrenched in northern Mozambique, South Africa's next door neighbour?

What kind of hypocrisy - or malign cunning - declares that Black Lives Matter in southern Africa, while suppressing attention to the ongoing massacre of black and white "kuffar" (or unbelievers) by black Islamic jihadis in the north of Cabo Delgado province?

Under these circumstances, the recent demonstrations against Israel in the media and on the streets of South Africa are de facto in support of  Israel's mortal enemy in Gaza, Hamas, which aligns with the bloody work of its ideological alter ego in northern Mozambique, Ansar al-Sunna ("Supporters of the [Islamic] Tradition").

What is never mentioned in South Africa is that the Islamic slave trade in black Africans continued on the east coast of Africa for  nearly 1300 years, until it was brought to an end by Portuguese troops as late as 1910 in the same area that Islamic jihad has now reared its head again - defeated only two years before the creation of the African National Congress, and the same year as the creation of a unified South African state.

Why were we not taught this crucial history?

Crucial reading for South Africans is the Hamas Charter of 1988. (Hamas calls itself the "Islamic Resistance Movement").

See in particular the final paragraph of the section headed "The Universality of the Islamic Resistance Movement", which states: "The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: '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.' ...(related by al-Bukhari and Moslem)."

This is a racist and Nazi-type movement, in the spirit of Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian ally of Hitler during the Holocaust, who recruited Muslim soldiers in Europe for the SS.

It is suicidal for this kind of politics to be supported in a country that fought racism through the 20th century under the banner of non-racialism, democracy and non-sectarianism.

How come no Jew would dare to try and live in Gaza, while an Islamic Arab party in Israel, Ra'am, led by Mansour Abbas, is currently in negotiation with Jewish parties to try to form a coalition government? If Gaza is not an "apartheid state" for Jews - or Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and non-sectarian Muslims (whom it murders as "apostates") - what else is Hamas if not a racist and sectarian fascist dictatorship?

The reality is that Hamas-type politics is now on the march in southern Africa, as well as in west, central and east Africa. Jihad has returned to Africa.

Instead of South Africans supporting the intended destruction of the only non-Muslim state in the Middle East and a repeat of Hitler's genocide of Jews, where is the coalition of democratic forces to defeat it?