Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 16 Comments
When Hamas won elections in the Palestinian Authority, it should have been rather clear to everyone the world over that the Palestinian Arabs had made their choice and they had chosen murderous terrorists who rejected peace and would accept only truces in a larger war.
Some European countries, primarily prodded by the United States, did agree to cut ties with the new ruling authorities in Gaza and boycott Hamas. But months and months have gone by and their little feet are itching to run back to Hamas again. Now the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee is arguing that the British boycott of Hamas was a very big mistake.
The committee warns that the boycott of Hamas will only "further jeopardize peace". What peace and with whom is left unresolved as Hamas has no interest in peace only in conquest. But reflexive language like that was used by parliamentarians arguing for diplomatic relations with Hitler, so why should anything have changed in six decades and change.
There's the usual boilerplate about engaging the "moderate elements" in Hamas which is a little like telling a man being attacked by an alligator to try to find the least sharpest teeth in the alligator's mouth. The summation of the report is to give Hamas everything it wants by pushing for a new unity government, relations with the West and diplomatic status complete with special attention from Mr. Blair.
But the real irony is that at a time when Britain is full of movements to boycott Israel, it is at the same time full of cries not to boycott Hamas. The same fraudulent lovers of humanity who cry in outrage over Israel's "crimes" also cry to lift the boycott from Hamas, which has unleashed an orgy of violence and maintains a theocratic state right down to forced conversions of Christians.
The cry in Britain is "Boycott Israel Not Hamas."
Meanwhile Shahid Malik, Britain's first Muslim minister and the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development across the world, including the Middle East and in Israel, flies around the Arab world. Shahid Malik began his career after he was arrested during Muslim vs British riots in Lancashire in 2001 and was shown bloodied on camera, which garnered public sympathy. From there he made it to MP and now in a few years is already in the cabinet. Shahid Malik served as an election monitor for the Hamas elections in 2006, raised a storm over Israel's attack on Hizbullah and is cunning enough to make occasional statements about how terrible the Holocaust was. Now Shahid Malik will have millions of pounds from British taxpayers to hand out to his terrorist friends.
Perhaps the cry instead should be, Boycott Britain and Hamas.