“I am pleased to stand on the land of jihad to learn from its sons and I have the honor to be among the people of Gaza where the weakness always becomes strength, the few becomes many and the humiliation turns into pride,” Sheikh Salem said.The usual apologists will no doubt remind us that he wasn't talking about the mass-murdering type of Jihad, but rather the 'internal struggle', quit cigarettes and be nice to your Mother type of Jihad.
We came here in order to learn from Gaza. As I said in my speech, we will make the stones, trees, and people of Gaza talk, in order to learn steadfastness, sacrifice, and the defense of one’s rights from them. We feel like we are on cloud nine. We feel like we are on top of the world.”See? Talking to stones and trees. Lovely, right?
His Hamas audience would be well acquainted with the Hamas Charter. A profoundly violent and antisemitic ideology conveniently ignored by all those who are naive or dishonest enough to claim Israeli actions are the problem. The Charter quotes the Muslim prophet Mohammed:
“The Day of Judgement will not come about 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".It's pretty clear what he was talking about. Aren't we lucky he's considered a "moderate"?