Jim, can I be frank with you? You are an intelligent man, that I have no doubt. However, I find that you are seeking to malign, disparage Muslims and Arabs on a peace group. I could find fault from the annals of history of various Jews who committed various sins, go into what Jabotinsky and Raffi Eitan and calling Arabs cockroaches.
You bring up the protocols of Zion being dessiminated, and you speak of these things in isolation of historical circumstances. The protocols tap into conspiratorial views found amongst some Arabs, and, like-wise, I know many Jews who think in a conspiratorial fashion.
You state that Hamas has a genocidal charter. I disagree. They have a charter that invites more warfare and is prejudicial against Jews. Israel doesn't delineate its borders, takes homes and is Judaizing East Jerusalem by making null and void the residency of the non-Jewish elements of the city, be they Christians or Muslims or atheist Arabs. It doesn't matter what their beliefs are. You are acting as if Israel is some angelic victim of some barbarian horde.
The principles of the Hamas are stated in their Covenant or Charter, given in full below. Following are highlights.
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. "
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
"After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying."
In a cruel historical twist, nearly all of the Palestinians evicted from their homes in Sheik Jarrah in the last year-and-a-half were originally expelled in 1948 from their homes in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Talbieh. In the wake of the Six-Day War, Israeli courts ruled that some of the houses these Palestinian refugees have lived in since 1948 are actually legally owned by Jewish Israelis, who have claims dating from before Israel’s founding.
The Palestinians have stubbornly refused to pay any rent to these “absentee” Israeli landlords for nearly 43 years; until recently, their presence was nevertheless tolerated. But under Mr. Netanyahu, a concerted effort has been made to evict these Palestinians and replace them with Israelis.
The fact of the matter is that the US has and many Jews in the US and Europe against home demolitions, settlement building. In fact, 60% of American Jewry is against settlements. Is it angelic to empty lands from Arabs? The Germans had that in mind vis-a-vis the Slavs of the Urals to have their Germanic Garden of Eden from Germany up to the Urals. You could talk to me about World War II. I am familiar with World War II.
You mention Mufi Husseini, but you neglect to mention inconvenient parts of history like the fact that a high ranking Nazi visited various Zionists until Zionists fell out of favor with the German regime. Why did you neglect to mention that and then mentioned Husseini? What about the Haavara Agreement of 1933? I seriously doubt the Zionist leadership would have cared if Hitler killed gypsies, but spared them. Are you aware that Herzl met with an anti-Semite who was killing Jewish socialists in Russia? The Zionists supported the idea of preaching to Jewry that the outside world is evil, they are the problem, segregation is the answer, and the Jews preaching egalitarianism, the Miskalim were deluded and felt little sympathy for them when they died in Poland.
Husseini supported the Shoah, which was evil no doubt, after he felt his people were to be dispossessed. He, then, generalized all of Jewry and cared not for the fact that most of them were innocent people, including anti-Zionists or simply religious Jews. You are engaging in generalizing and maligning yourself and only painting Arabs as evil or horrible. You speak about racism from Arabs. It exists, but what about Herzl saying the penniless Arabs should be spirit across the border. Is that the thinking of one who follows the thinking of the Enlightenment, an Einstein.
Do you have any good will vis-a-vis Arabs? If so, what is it, Jim? As far as I know from Jewish and Arab history, there is so much in both closests and there is more that both in common than what separates them. Can't you see that? Also, Hamas said it would recognize a peace agreement based on the 1967 borders. It has said that to Carter, said it publicly. I say this as someone who dislikes Hamas as much as Shimon dislikes Avigdor Lieberman. I would like to think all Arabs are not Mufti Husseini and not all Jews are Raffi Eitan. If this is a contest about who is more evil or civilized, I want no part in it. We are all just human.