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PA: Quran commands fighting and permits killing Israelis

Itamar Marcus  |

Head of PA Islamic courts:

“If someone comes to attack me... my home... my land... my homeland... my property... my honor... my family... your existence... your rights... your souls.” What must be done?  “I am commanded to fight him... I am allowed to kill him”

The radical Islamist ideology that one expects to hear from ISIS and Iran is taking over the Palestinian Authority’s religious ideology. One of the most important religious leaders in the PA has announced a list of 10 “transgressions” for which Palestinians are “commanded” to fight and “allowed” to kill the “transgressors.” The “transgressions” seem to have been carefully selected in order to turn every single Israeli into a target that every Palestinian Muslim is “commanded” to fight and “allowed” kill.

The set of capital transgressions was mentioned during a relgious lesson on official PA TV by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, who PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas appointed to be both the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice, in addition to his being Abbas’ personal advisor on Islam until a year ago. His religious rulings are supreme in the PA.

The PA religious leader quoted from the Quran: “kill them,” and then defined who it is who should be killed. Feigning moderation, Al-Habbash first taught that people should not be killed without reason, whether “Muslims, infidels, idol worshippers, or people of the book [Jews and Christians].”

However, he said, there are 10 “transgressions” for which Muslims - and therefore Palestinians too - are commanded by Allah to fight, and kill if necessary. Although Al-Habbash didn’t mention Israel or Jews by name, it is clear from the context and from many years of demonization and libeling of Israelis and Jews by Al-Habbash and many other PA leaders that he was announcing to Palestinians that Israelis must be targeted.

The following are the PA’s 10 “transgressions”:

“If someone comes to attack me ... my home... my land... my homeland... my property... my honor... my family... your existence... your rights... your souls.”

What must be done?

“I am commanded to fight him. I am commanded to confront him, I am commanded to resist him, and I am allowed to kill him if necessary as Prophet [Muhammad] said and as this verse said: “And kill them wherever you find them.” ... as long as they are targeting... you are allowed to fight them, and also to kill them.”

[Official PA TV, Review, Feb, 2, 2020]

Palestinians who have been listening to the PA hate propaganda for decades undoubtedly understand that the “transgressors” who Mahmoud Al-Habbash is talking about are Israelis. The PA has been saying for years that these capital “transgressions” are exactly what Israelis are doing. The following are a few examples:

PA: Israel’s existence is an attack on “your land”
Many PA leaders - including Al-Habbash - have said repeatedly that all of the land of the State of Israel is “Palestinian land.” Senior Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi recently worded it this way:

“Our Palestinian land is from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea (i.e., all of Israel). I dare any Palestinian, any senior Palestinian official, or any Palestinian leader to reduce the Palestinian map to the West Bank and Gaza! He would not be able to walk one meter in the streets of our Palestinian cities among our people... the Palestinian people, the people that lives on land that is all holy and that is all waqf land (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law.)”

[Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, Feb. 2, 2020]

Mahmoud Al-Habbash himself has denied Israel's right to “even a millimeter” or “one grain of sand” of the “land” of Israel that he calls “Palestine”:

“Al-Habbash emphasized that according to Islamic Shari'ah law, the entire land of Palestine is waqf and is blessed land, and that it is prohibited to sell, bestow ownership or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it."

[Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct 22, 2014]

"Do you imagine that we might bargain over Jerusalem? What idiocy has taken control of your minds to delude you that Jerusalem is for sale, or that one grain of sand from Palestine, all of Palestine, is for sale, or purchase, or bargaining?"

[Official PA TV, Jan. 5, 2018]

PA: Israel’s existence is an attack on Palestinian “homeland”
A recent op-ed in the official PA daily summed up the PA’s view that all of Israel is the Palestinian “homeland”:

“Palestine is from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. It is the Palestinian people’s historical homeland, and the status of Acre (i.e., Israeli city) is the status of Nablus, and the status of Jaffa (i.e., Israeli city) is the status of Hebron.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 7, 2020]

PA: Israel attacks Palestinian “rights”
Israel is accused of violating Palestinian rights regularly. For example, Israel's not accepting millions of Arabs from refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan is said to be violating their “right” of return:

“PLO Executive Committee member and head of the [PLO] Department of Refugee Affairs Dr. Ahmad Abu Houli... emphasized the firm and principled position of the Palestinian leadership that adheres to the Palestinian refugees’ right of return to their homes."

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 21, 2020]

PA: Israel attacks Palestinian “existence”
The PA often claims Israel is trying to eradicate the Palestinian population. Recently, PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Israel's behavior during the Coronavirus crisis shows:

“the spread of the incitement to racism, and the wild desire to get rid of the Palestinian people in any way.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 30, 2020]

PA: Israel attacks Palestinian “honor”
Israel is accused of routinely violating Palestinian honor. For example Mahmoud Al-Habbash himself said that US Pres. Donald Trump’s suggested peace plan, “the deal of the century,” - which Israel supports - is an attack on Palestinian “honor”:

"Might we accept this [peace deal]? ... We will stand before two choices: Either we will succumb on our own, and humiliate ourselves, and we will receive shame for eternity – or we will say, as our chosen beloved [Prophet Muhammad] said: 'I will fight them... The Palestinian leadership has said clearly and definitely: If they harm our rights in this deal of shame... Die while you are honorable, die with your head held high... If death is the price of dignity, sovereignty, and honor, then death is welcome... The Palestinian hand has not yet been created that can sign this deal of shame."

[Official PA TV, Jan 24, 2020]

PA: Israel attacks Palestinian “property”
Palestinian officials recently accused Israelis of trying to spread Covid-19 among Palestinians by throwing “sticklights contaminated with a material of an unknown nature, garbage, and used gloves and syringes among the [Palestinian] residents’ homes. They also spit on the doors of the cars...”  and “contaminate the ATM machines... in order to spread the epidemic.” [Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, March 29, 2020, WAFA, April 6, 2020]

Al-Habbash himself has also said that even Israel’s control of the Western Wall is an attack on Palestinian “property”:

"The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) which is an Islamic wall, an Islamic Waqf - a property of the Muslims - no one can deprive them of this ownership... This property belongs to me and all Muslims."

[Official PA TV , Oct. 28, 2015]

PA: Israel attacks Palestinian “homes”
Ramallah Governor Laila Ghannam stated the following after Israel’s demolition of the house of five brothers, who were all terrorist murderers:

”This is not the first time that the Abu Hmeid family home is being destroyed, and this terror is being applied against this family and against many other families... If the Abu Hmeid home is sealed or destroyed, every [other] Palestinian home will take pride and honor in having this fighting woman live in it.”

[Official PA TV, June 18, 2018]

As is clear, Mahmoud Al-Habbash has chosen his list of capital crimes carefully to make sure Palestinians understand that every Israeli deserves an Islamic death sentence. Palestinians are commanded to fight and allowed to kill every Israeli.

With the PA's radical Islamist ideology being taught by the top PA religious leader who is sounding increasingly more like ISIS and Iran, it is not surprising that the Palestinian Authority rewards, honors, and celebrates the murder of every single Israeli man, woman, and child.

The following is a longer excerpt of Al-Habbash’s teachings on official PA TV:

Visual in studio: Quran 2:191
Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Kill them” [Quran 2:191] refers back to the transgressors: “Do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.” And “kill them” – yes, kill the transgressors. If someone comes to attack me, to attack my home, to attack my land, to attack my homeland, to attack my property, to attack my honor, to attack my family, I am commanded to fight him. I am commanded to confront him, I am commanded to resist him, and I am allowed to kill him if necessary as Prophet [Muhammad] said and as this verse said: “And kill them wherever you find them.” As long as they are attacking, as long as they are fighting, as long as they are targeting your existence, are targeting your rights, and are targeting your souls, you are allowed to fight them, and also to kill them.

Quran 2:190-191: “Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors. And kill them wherever you find them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al-Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.”