Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Terrorist’s Triumphant Tour

From Europe News:

A Terrorist’s Triumphant Tour

FrontPage Magazine 10 January 2012
By P. David Hornik

The new star of Middle Eastern diplomacy is Gaza-based Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. Most recently visiting Tunisia, he’s also been in Egypt, Sudan, and Turkey, and the itinerary will also include Qatar and Bahrain.

It’s Haniyeh’s first tour of the region since Hamas seized all power in Gaza in 2007. The timing is no coincidence. As Haniyeh himself told a rally in Tunis on Sunday:

Israel no longer has allies in Egypt and in Tunisia, we are saying to the Zionist enemies that times have changed and that the time of the Arab Spring, the time of the revolution, of dignity and of pride has arrived.

A crowd of 5000 men, women, and children in a stadium (another report puts the number much higher), waving PLO, Tunisian, and Hamas flags, responded with chants of "Death to Israel,” "The Tunisian revolution supports Palestine,” and "The army of Muhammad is back.” AP also reports that "At one entrance, people walked over a piece of cloth sporting the Star of David….”

The rally—presumably including the piece of cloth—was organized by Haniyeh’s hosts, the recently elected, ruling Ennahda Party. Ritually called "moderate Islamist” in Western media, its longtime leader Rachid Ghannouchi said in 1994: "We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the entire Islamic world.” (...)

Posted January 10th, 2012 by pk

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