Don’t preach to us, Hamas tells secular West

October 28, 2010

hamas 1The West is floundering in immorality and has no right to criticise the Islamist movement Hamas over the way it governs the Palestinian territory of Gaza, a veteran leader of the militant group said. Hamas strategist Mahmoud Al-Zahar told Reuters in an interview that Islamic traditions deserved respect and he accused Europe of promoting promiscuity and political hypocrisy.

(Photo: Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip October 23, 2010/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

“We have the right to control our life according to our religion, not according to your religion. You have no religion, You are secular,” said Zahar, who is one of the group’s most influential and respected voices.

“You do not live like human beings. You do not (even) live like animals. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticise us?” he said, speaking from his apartment building in the densely populated Mediterranean city.

Hamas, which is an acronym for Islamic Resistance Movement and means “zeal” in Arabic, won a fair, 2006 Palestinian parliamentary election and then seized control of Gaza in 2007 after routing rival forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas.

hamas 2Sitting in a cavernous reception room, with an old Mercedes saloon car parked in one corner, Zahar denounced European states, such as France, for recently barring Muslim women from wearing full face veils in public.

(Photo: Mahmoud Al-Zahar, February 11, 2009/Khaled al-Hariri)

“We are the ones who respect women and honour women … not you,” he said. “You use women as an animal. She has one husband and hundreds of thousands of boyfriends. You don’t know who is the father of your sons, because of the way you respect women.”

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Yes, they clearly respect and honor women; c’mon “honor killing” has the word honor right in there. So when you kill a woman for being raped without sufficient witnesses; that’s “honoring” her… right? Push girls back into a burning building for not being properly dressed; honor and respect them and have them burn alive… how touching.

Pleas don’t do me any honors; I think I’d rather be dishonored and alive… thanks anyhow.

Posted by ertdfg | Report as abusive

Homophobic and misogynistic moron.

Posted by sammy88 | Report as abusive

Iran should be and will be “NUKED” soonest……….

Posted by sage900 | Report as abusive

Anti-west Logic….. there you have it folks.

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