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December 06, 2012

Hurriyet Daily News Questions Hamas Victory

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Burak Bekdil, a columnist for the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News, has had enough of the Hamas victory celebration over the recent hostilities with Israel and its claim to "love death more than they love life." In his column "Is Hamas real or a bad joke", Bekdil surmises,

Hamas’ rhetoric stinks of death, nothing but death – indiscriminate death. Be it “our” death or “the enemy’s.” And it never metamorphoses into something more humane, something less nihilist.

Bekdil calls out Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh for his hypocrisy:

Mr. Haniyeh claims that “with every [Israeli] attack we grow stronger.” Since “Muslims don’t cheat or lie,” one cannot help but wonder if the Israeli Defense Forces are secretly conspiring for Hamas’ jihad. If what Mr. Haniyeh says is true, why do the willing subscribers of the Palestinian cause across the world, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, complain of Israel’s retaliatory attacks on Hamas targets? They should instead welcome every attack, thinking every attack will strengthen Hamas. Is that too cruel to say? Ask Mr. Haniyeh.

Bekdil also delves into the Hamas Charter, a document the mainstream media in the U.S. and Europe tend to shy away from discussing or dismiss as no longer relevant when questioned about it. Bekdil writes,

But Hamas can be amusing too. Its charter is must-read fun. My favorite section is the one which states: “The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”

Other pearls of humanity include holding Jews responsible for a wide range of events and disasters going as far back in history as the French Revolution. The Hamas covenant also provides justification for fighting and killing Jews, without distinction of “whether they are in Israel or elsewhere.”

One can only wish that influential Western news organizations like The New York Times and the BBC would show the same boldness and integrity as Bekdil in addressing the declarations of Hamas leaders and prominent supporters.

Posted by SS at December 6, 2012 11:17 AM


Certainly raises my opinion of Turkey.

Posted by: Susan at December 6, 2012 05:33 PM

My name is Ruth and I am a Jew. I truely appreciate your common sense comments regarding Hamas and their non existent humanity. I feel sorry for their children. I appreciate your comment bucause you are Turkish but have taken the time to notice the injustice. Thanx

Posted by: RUTH ELLENBOGEN at December 8, 2012 04:54 PM

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