Hamas has been advocating violence and hatred since it’s founding in 1987. The organization has executed horrific terror attacks, and continues to glorify martyrdom and indoctrinate youth, encouraging them to become terrorists. Yet, following the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, Hamas suddenly decided to condemn violence, stating that, “differences of opinion and thought cannot justify murder.”
On Wednesday, January 7, twelve people were murdered by terrorists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris. The terror attack shocked France and the international community as a brutal offense on freedom and democracy. Many leaders around the world sent their condolences to the French people and condemned the violence and terrorism they have faced.
Surprisingly, one of the organizations to condemn the attack was Hamas. On Saturday, January 10, the terror organization released a statement in French and Arabic saying that Hamas “condemns the attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine and insists on the fact that differences of opinion and thought cannot justify murder.”
This statement is proof of Hamas’ blunt hypocrisy and double standard. Only a few months ago the terror organization celebrated the death of Israeli civilians and praised the terrorists who performed the attacks.
On November 18, 2014, terrorists murdered five Israeli civilians in a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem. The terrorists entered the synagogue during morning prayers and attacked the men with a rifle and a knife. Hamas’ reaction to this attack was far from condemnation.
Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas spokesman, called the attack a “heroic action.”
Post by Mushir al-Masri regarding Jerusalem attack
Masri also published a photo of the attackers, calling them heroes.
Additionally, he posted an alarming cartoon in order to promote the attack on social networks.
A caricature of the attack on a synagogue, published by Masri. The terrorist is saying: “Where are they?”
Husam Badran, responsible for Hamas’ foreign relations, described the attack as a “quality action.” In another post, he wrote: “A message to all members of national security in the West Bank. You are trained and you have the weapons and the ability to act. There is no doubt that there are many patriots amongst you. Now, you can see the young people of the West Bank are fighting without weapons. Some of you can make a significant change in the resistance. Turn your weapons against your enemies and ours. Write your names in the true list of honor.”
This double standard on the issue of targeting civilians reveals the extent of Hamas’ hypocrisy. The terror organization tries in every means possible to win the support of the international community; in reality, Hamas operatives and the terrorists responsible for the attacks in Paris are cut out from the same cloth – that of terrorism.