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Understanding The Gaza War Of May 2021

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A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance tries to load wounded In Jerusalem in May 2021; Islamist rioting at Al Aqsa mosque precipitated Hamas rocket barrages into Israel from Gaza labeled ‘Operation Sword of Jerusalem’. (Screencap: YouTube)  

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Arab perspectives and that of the Canadian government compared 

1. The Arab perspective

In order to put Canada’s position on the Gaza War in its proper context it is necessary  to  first  present the views of a number of Egyptian and Saudi commentators – as well as that of the son of the co-founder of Hamas – about the war.

November 10, 2020, Hussein Aboubakr, The Tremors of Muslim ReformThe powers at the centre of the Muslim world are refusing to tolerate radical Islamism, and a spirit of repair and renewal is at hand. Will it catch on?  

Saudi Arabia supported Hamas during the 1990’s and early 2000s. It has now changed radically altered its position towards Hamas, Joni Ben Menachem Saudi Arabia Acts against Hamas Terrorism, JNS, August 11, 2021

In August of 2021, this former economic paradise for members of Al-Qaida and Hamas sentenced to prison 64 Hamas operatives convicted of money laundering and smuggling money to Hamas’ armed wing. Thrown out of Saudi Arabia-into the arms of Iran and Taliban, Israel Hayom, August 27, 2021

May 12, 2021- German-Egyptian intellectual Dr. Hamed Abdel-Samad stated on YouTube Channel: Hamas Does Not Build Bomb Shelters Because It Needs Dead Children To Keep Its Cause Alive; Fatah And Hamas Have Not Invested In Education, Left The Palestinians With A Choice Of Becoming Beggars or Martyrs, MEMRI, May 25, 2021

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Saudi journalists/columnists  Muhammad Al-Sheik, Sa’ud Al-Fawzan, Abdullah Bin Bijad  Al-Otaibi, Hamoud Abu Talib, Abd Al-Rahman Al Tariri, Amal ‘Abd Al’Aziz Al Hazani, intellectual Turki Al-Hamad; Egyptian columnist Khalid Al-Bar each writing their own opinion against the P.A. and Hamas,  May 12, 2021- Amid Present Round of Fighting With Israel, Saudis criticise Hamas and P.A: “Palestinians Are Paying With Their Lives For Hamas’ Loyalty to Iran”, “Palestinian Leadership in West Bank, Gaza, Responsible for Bloodshed MEMRI 19

May 15, 2021-Saudi Analyst General (Ret.) Abdullah  Al-Qahtani: Iran Instigated  The Escalation; Gaza Leaders Serve Iranian Interests-Not the Palestinian Cause, MEMRI

May 18 2021: Egyptian-American Political Analyst Magdi Khalil: Hamas uses its People as Human Shields, Is Responsible for the Deaths of Children, Civilians in Gaza; Hamas is a Terrorist Organization, Israel is Exercising Self-Defence. Khalil further stated that “Hamas is serving the regional agendas of Iran and Turkey.” MEMRI 

A trio of important viewpoints were published on May 19, 2021:

– Saudi journalist Tariq AlHomayed, The Hamas Adventure Must Be Condemned, MEMRI

– Israeli Arab writer and investigative journalist newscaster, Bassem Eid, Open Letter to my Palestinian Brethren, IPT

– Hussein Aboubakr Mansour, Arab reactions to Gaza – “Arab media is still saturated with antisemitism and hatred towards Israel; yet for the first time, there are new voices, both official and non-official, taking a strong anti-Hamas position”, JNS

As well in the days following:

May 20, 2021: Khaled Abu Toameh, Arabs: Hamas Does NOT Care About Palestinian Suffering

May 21, 2021: Karmel Melamed, Iranian Opposition Activists Defend Israel in the Latest Round of Conflict With Hamas in Gaza, The Algemeiner.

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In the Saudi daily Al-Watan, journalist Khalid Al-‘Owijan, slammed the organizations of the so-called “resistance axis,’ ‘ especially Hizbullah and Hamas. These organizations, he said, brandish the slogan of “liberating Jerusalem” and other empty slogans, but in practice they serve Iran and its agenda and only harm the Palestinian cause by detracting from its centrality in the Muslim world.

He added that these terror organizations bring only catastrophes upon their countries, peoples and nation. In Lebanon, for example, Hizbullah caused a devastating war against Israel that cost thousands of lives, and in Palestine, Hamas adopted the method of suicide bombings, with utter contempt for human life, and entered a reckless and hopeless war against Israel.

Owijan called to act without hesitation to prosecute and even execute the “terrorist” leaders of the resistance axis, such as Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, Hamas leader Isma’il Haniya and Houthi leader ‘Abd Al-Malik Al-Houthi. 

The following are excerpts from his article of July 2021: 

“The leaders of the gang that calls itself ‘the coalition for the liberation of Jerusalem’ do not belong in the glorious pages of history… [This gang] monopolized this slogan in order to strip the [Muslim] nation of its foremost cause, namely the Palestinian cause. It is difficult to accept the situation whereby [this gang] periodically provokes the immensely powerful Israel just in order to reinforce its fake slogan, which is espoused by sectarian political entities that enjoy the popular support of simple and ignorant people.”

“For dozens of years, the resistance axis has taken part in many wars with the Israeli side and brought destruction upon countries like Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, as well as parts of Iraq… Hizbullah created an artificial crisis vis-à-vis the Israelis by abducting two Israeli soldiers, and [thus] caused the July 2006 war, which resulted in 1,000 Lebanese dead and in the destruction of infrastructures in some parts of Lebanon. This was an unjustified war that reflected the arrogance of the so-called ‘resistance axis’ and the terror that [Hizbullah leader] Hassan Nasrallah feeds on, and which he uses to position himself as a political leader who makes decisions not only in Lebanon. Things have come to the point where Nasrallah’s influence and control extend to the Gaza Strip, which is outside the control of the official Palestinian authorities [i.e., the P.A].” 

“The Hamas movement is no less terrorist than Hizbullah. It is a fundamentalist movement that emerged from the womb of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, and which one day adopted the method of suicide bombings, ascribing not the slightest importance to human life. It is a movement that spews bombastic rhetoric about liberating its land from the occupier and which recently [in the May 2021 confrontation with Israel] acted recklessly, promoting its ‘cardboard rockets’ by means of a group of media outlets that feed on sectarian extremism, on sowing discord and on harming the pan-Arab fabric. Imported by Hamas from the Iranian republic, [these rockets] do not even meet the standards of a non-strategic war or conflict, or of a street [brawl] or [a quarrel] between children.” 

Saudi journalist Khaled Al-Awijan has been vocal in his criticism of pro-Palestinian terror groups, waging war on Israel to serve the agenda of Iran. (Source: Alwatan.com.sa)

Khalid Al-‘Owijan continued:

“The recent war, which [Hamas] called ‘Operation Sword of Jerusalem,’ demonstrates the bankruptcy of [this movement], which reinforces and markets the Iranian plan while disregarding the fact that [this plan] seeks to isolate the defeated Palestinian people from its Arab surroundings…” 

“What the leaders of these wretched, extremist and worthless factions have done requires re-examining their deep-seated inclinations, stopping all support for them, and, more importantly, advancing a plan to bring this gang to trial before the international courts, which are known for their fairness. For thousands of people have died due to their actions and their extremism, and there is historical evidence [to prove this]…” 

“Genuinely humane [values] dictate that the guillotine of history and the gibbet be the final destination of these leaders, who for years have been feeding on the blood of innocent and unarmed people, causing injuries and death and producing orphans, based on fake slogans aimed chiefly at winning them popularity and [the support of] the masses… and on false promises that they can never fulfill.”

“Reality proves that… Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon, [Hamas leaders] Isma’il Haniya and Khaled Mash’al in the hijacked Gaza Strip, the rat [‘Abd Al-Malik] Al-Houthi hiding in the mountains of Yemen, and various criminals in Iraq are not far less evil than Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who strove to harm the world and was killed by a unit of U.S. marines… [The same goes for] Saddam Hussein, who regarded himself as the leader of the nation and was [eventually] located in a hole in the ground; [Mu’ammar] Qadhafi, who called himself the African king of kings and was discovered in a sewage pipe, and [Yemeni president] ‘Ali ‘Abdallah Saleh, who met a humiliating end in the car of a cargo train, after describing himself as one who dances on the heads of snakes. Despite all their power, authority, influence, oppression and cruelty, God doomed all these people to be humiliated for their evil deeds… [The others] will surely meet the same fate, even if it is delayed for a while.”

“Therefore, all those who regard themselves as honorable must act without hesitation to bring [these] terrorists to justice… They must stick to the path of justice for the sake of the blood of the innocent and bring these terrorists  to trial… [for] they are destined for the guillotine and the ash heaps of history.” This from Alwatan.com.sa   July 14, 2021 summarized by Memri in September 2021.

It is most unlikely that the foregoing Saudi and Egyptian writers could or would have expressed the foregoing views without the tacit approval of the political authorities in their respective countries.

A former undercover spy for Israel, Mosab Hassan Yousef is seen speaking in 2019. (Photo: Elekes Andor, own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

An important addition to these criticisms came on May 23, 2021: Mosab Hassan Yousef, Son of Hamas: Israel should eliminate Hamas leadership.,

Yousef a.k.a  “the Son of Hamas” is indeed the son of Hassan Yousef, the co-founder of the Hamas terrorist organization. It has been said that “[he] seemed poised to become a leader in his own right when he made the decision to defect, sought and was granted in the United States.”

It later emerged that he had been secretly collaborating with the [Israel Security Agency] ISA (Shabak) for ten years prior to his defection, after having become disillusioned both with Hamas and with Islam in general. A year after he moved to America, his younger brother followed in his footsteps. It was first-hand exposure to Hamas’ brutal methods toward other Arabs, while in an Israeli prison that supplied Yousef with the impetus to break off with the organization.

Mosab Yousef stated:”… top Hamas leaders like his father made sure to take good care of themselves during this most recent bout of fighting, while ensuring that civilian deaths occurred in sufficient numbers and were filmed by foreign media sources in order to score propaganda points against Israel… The silence of the majority of Gaza is not because they support Hamas, but because they are afraid of Hamas. The people live in fear. Hamas rules over them by the sword. If you oppose Hamas they will shoot you or hang you immediately. You and your family are finished… Hundreds of children have paid the price… Hamas hates Israel more than they love their own children.” 

In a telephone conversation with the New York Post, Yousef stated that Israel needs to “teach [Hamas] a lesson … by assassinating its leadership.” He admitted that this “will not destroy Hamas, but it will … hold them accountable. Next time, before you get civilians on both sides involved in a bloodbath, you need to think 1,000 times. This is my personal suggestion.”   

Yousef is scornful of Hamas’ statements that blamed Israeli actions in Jerusalem – on the Temple Mount and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood – for its decision to fire 4,000 rockets into Israel. He [yet again] criticised the way in which Israel conducts its military operations against the terrorist organization in Gaza, and has urged Israeli leaders to continue to strike Hamas even after agreeing to a ceasefire. (Edited by the writer to the extent of changing the sequence of paragraphs in order to assemble all the quotes  by country and making slight editing to the extent of moving some of the existing words cf. Arutz Sheva 7,The Guardian of the Walls; see also: Leah Rosenberg, Palestinian“ Woman Makes Exposing the Crimes of her own peoplePalestinian Woman Tells the Truth, Breaking- Israel Video, May 24, 2021, Muslim supporters of Israel – Wikipedia

Caution: Before reading this entry  or as a matter of fact all entries concerning the Middle East conflict and Israel, the reader is invited to read Hugh Fitzgerald, Wikipedia, Karen Armstrong and Me, Jihad Watch, January 10, 2021 

Not to leave out Canadian journalists: Tarek Fatah, Palestinians Die as Hostages of Hamas, Toronto Sun.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seen flashing his socks in a photo op with US President Joe Biden last week. (Screencap: CPAC)

  1. Trudeau government’s perspective on the war: Playing cynical identity politics

Back in 2018, during a Question Period in the House of Commons, Andrew Scheer, the then-leader of The Conservative Party in opposition, asked Trudeau to apologise for his statement that refused to condemn Hamas and accused him of putting all the blame on Israel and failing to condemn Hamas.

Trudeau gave away his game when he accused the Conservatives of “politicizing” the issue of support for Israel, and damaging Canada’s “pluralistic democracy.” See Spencer Fernando, May 23, 2018 Question: How does one politicise a political issue?     

The reader may wonder what on earth could possibly Canada’s pluralistic democracy have anything to do with the treatment of terrorism and terrorists? Well, as I propose to demonstrate, for Trudeau and his government, it has a lot to do: It is called cynical “identity politics.”

Trudeau wants to keep the electoral support and the generally favourable opinion of his large and fast getting larger Muslim electoral constituencies in Quebec and in Ontario which, presumably support the actions of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority against Israel.

If speaking with a forked tongue about the Gaza war satisfied this segment of Canadian diversity it certainly generated more antisemitism which harmed another segment of diversity, namely, the Jewish community.  I propose to address the Trudeau government’s position on the war in Parts 6 and 7.

To Read More, Here Are: Part 1 Part 2  | Part 3Part 4

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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