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The Monument at mass grave for 1500 victims of Saddam Hussain’s 1988 chemical attack in Halabja. Hamas supported Hussain despite such atrocities. (Image: Adam Jones PhD/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 )

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From that point of view that we in Kurdistan and Hamas in Palestine are both based in the Middle East, it is important to know what attitude Hamas has towards Kurds. How do Palestinians view the Kurds? Do they support their right to have an independent Kurdistan? How does the Hamas movement look at Kurdish struggle for democracy and establishing a Kurdish state in the future? 

In order to examine these questions, I interviewed Kurdish activist Mansur Azizi in Norway.

According to Azizi, “As stated in the Hamas internal program and guidelines, the organization is based on two main pillars. The two pillars are Arab nationalism and political Islam. This means that every opinion, every nation, every person and party that opposes those two pillars is against Hamas and its policies. It is on this basis that Hamas and the Palestinians strongly oppose the state of Israel. At the same time, this means that Hamas is in line with the policies of Iran, Iraq, and Syria.”

“That is to say, not only do they oppose the existence of a state like Israel, but they also oppose any people or nation that wants to establish an independent nation-state in the region, even if they are Muslims, which we can refer to the Kurds today.”

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“Hamas, like many of the occupiers of Kurdistan, accepts the Kurds only in such a way that they consider themselves Muslims alone,” Azizi noted. “Neither talks about rights nor talk about an independent state. This policy of Hamas and Palestinians against Kurds came to light when a referendum was held in Iraqi Kurdistan on the independence of that part of Kurdistan on September 25, 2017. Hamas and the Palestinians believe that if Kurdistan is created in the region, it can become a new Israel. They believe that a strong Kurdistan in the region may be a strategic ally for Israel. This means both Israel and Kurdistan can dominate the region’s energy hubs and strengthen their countries militarily, which can eventually jeopardize Hamas’ nationalist and ideological plans.”

According to him, “The Kurds are a people who oppose violence and extremist Islam. This is also one of the main reasons why Hamas is so adamant that such a nation in the region should not have its own independent entity. Hamas, as an extremist Islamic nationalist organization, has in several years done its utmost to serve Saddam Hussein’s policies when he was in power (he killed 200,000 Kurds in the Anfal operation and with chemical weapons from 1984- 1988). Hamas turned a blind eye on what Saddam Hussein had done against the Kurds and believed that he was the guardian of the Arab world. In addition to Hamas, the Palestinian people are also proud to look at such a dictator man who ruled the people by force of arms.”

In the eyes of Azizi, this is pure hypocrisy: “Hamas’s opposition to the creation of an independent Kurdistan in the region comes at a time the organization believes that the Palestinian people, should have an independent state. From their point of view, Israel must be dismantled, and Hamas and the Palestinians take over the entire territory of Palestine and Israel.”

“The state of Israel has been facing threats since its inception to this day,” he added. “The country has repeatedly entered into major wars with Arab countries and is still under constant threat from Iran and Iranian-backed forces in the region. In spite of all these dangers, the people of Israel have stood on their own feet and, whenever there was a chance for peace, they have chosen peace, and whenever war has taken place, they have defended themselves with all their might and have not given up. One thing which is obvious in this case is that Israel has been alone in the region until now. They didn’t have a strategic friend in the Middle East. When we look at the Kurds, we can easily say: it’s the same with them too.”

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“It’s exactly here that we can mention that the fate of the Kurds and Israelis in the Middle East is very close to each other,” Azizi pointed out. “These two nations are neither Arab nor Turks or Persian. Throughout history, they have been oppressed, and yet they have always tried and struggled for their own freedom. From this perspective and in a broader economic and political context, I think these two nations should have a common strategy to go against challenges and obstacles in the region.”

In conclusion he stated, “Hamas, as an Arab nationalist and Islamist political elite, is in all respects hostile to the Kurds and Israel. Hamas opposes the establishment of a country for the Kurds, and its strategy is the destruction of a democratic and peaceful country like Israel. “

However, Azizi explained, “This means that the Kurds and Israel have a common ideological and brutal enemy (and) have a lot in common as two pro-democracy and human rights nations. The two nations can be strategic partners in the region. Here Israel needs to cooperate more with the Kurds in order to be stronger in the region. At the same time, the Kurds need to strengthen their ties with Israel and treat it as a friendly and allied country.”

Sirwan Mansouri is a Kurdish journalist based in the Middle East.

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