|The editors of the Guardian chose this Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP photo|
to illustrate their December article about 'moderate' Hamas
mentioned below. Interesting to note that it depicts a woman wearing
a Hamas headband and said to be waiting at the Beituniya checkpoint.
As it happens, we wrote about Beitunya and a woman
In April 2011, the BBC capped its close tracking of the "Arab Spring" analysis with a story of the gentle doctors and emergency room nurses of the Freedom and Justice Party under the now-famous headline "Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood promotes moderate path". And a December 2011 Baltimore Sun editorial excoriating the Egyptian military wrote without evident irony about "the moderately Islamist Muslim Brotherhood". Somehow their writers chose to overlook the public views of MB's spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi who declares that "the civilizational-jihadist process... is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house... so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won almost 40% of seats in the first two rounds of elections, which began Nov. 28. The Salafist Al-Noor Party, which supports full Islamic law, gained more than 20%. Final results are likely this week. According to preliminary results from the country's election agency, the voting was similar to previous rounds with the Brotherhood taking more than one third and Al-Noor coming in second. [Source: USA Today]
"Hamas leaders have been lining up to tell their own people they will never abandon terror or their goal of eradicating Israel. Following are just a few examples from the past month:- Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told those at a ceremony marking the organization’s 24th anniversary that “armed struggle” is “the strategic choice for liberating the Palestinian land, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river … The Hamas movement will lead intifada after intifada until we liberate Palestine – all of Palestine.”- Hamas “Foreign Minister” said Hamas’s recent agreement to join the PLO, Israel’s “partner” in the Oslo Accords, was aimed solely at getting the PLO to “reconsider its political program.” Hamas remains committed to “the liberation of our lands from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river,” Hamdan said, and “anyone who thinks Hamas has changed its positions and now accepts the PLO’s defeatist political program is living in an illusion.”- Hamas official Khalil Abu Leila similarly said the group was joining the PLO solely to “bring the PLO back to its correct path and the goal for which it was established, namely the liberation of Palestine,” and persuade it to scrap Oslo.- Senior Hamas official Sami Bardawil said that anyone who thinks Hamas will recognize Israel is “dreaming,” because “recognition of Israel is not only a red line but, from our standpoint, a religious-legal prohibition.”- Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum denied a Haaretz report that