Friday, May 06, 2011

"Moderate" Hamas leader: Muslims are human, Jews aren't

Ma'an reports that Khaled Meshal, the "political" leader of Hamas based in Damascus who many are now arguing must be embraced by Israel, has condemned how the US killed Osama Bin Laden:
Khalid Mash'al, head of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, on Thursday criticized the method used by US special forces to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his "burial at sea."

Mash'al called on the West to "recognize the atrocity of the American raid and the burial of (bin Laden's body) at sea," in remarks to AFP in the Egyptian capital.

"Arabs and Muslims are human beings and the West should treat them as such, regardless of whether they are partisans or opponents of Osama bin Laden."
According to Meshal, Bin Laden - despite any faults he might have had - was, above all, a human being and must be treated as such.

Compare this with how he characterized a the terror ambush last September that murdered four Jewish civilians, including a pregnant woman:

On the first day these negotiations were announced, Hamas fighters killed four people in Hebron. Were you trying to send a message?

No. This was not based on giving a message against the negotiations. It was expressing a reality. There is an illegal occupation and there are illegal settlements. And the Israeli soldiers and the Israeli settlers who are armed are attacking Palestinians. [They are] attacking Palestinian people, the olive trees, the children, the women. Therefore the Palestinians have the right to defend themselves. Not every resistance action is connected to the negotiations. This is connected to reality. It’s very clear, not every resistance is sending a message.
Apparently, Osama Bin Laden deserves to be treated with respect because he was a Muslim and Muslims are human beings. Killing him was an "atrocity."

Jews who want to live in the land of their ancestors, however, deserve to be brutally murdered. That's just reality.

I guess he doesn't consider them human beings.