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Hamas 101 for the Perplexed Westerner

Introduction to Hamas for Western Readers

So you’re from the West, and you’re pondering, “Am I missing something? Do I really need a ‘Hamas for Beginners’ rundown?” Let’s embark on this enlightening journey together. If you’ve been skimming the headlines about Israel and you’ve found yourself muttering, “Okay, sure, Hamas might have done some pretty intense stuff to civilians, even kids, and there are tales of them resorting to extreme measures against women,” then buckle up! You’re in dire need of a crash course.

Or perhaps you’ve been casually dismissing Hamas’s explicit motives, crafting your own creative narratives for their actions. Add another tally mark to the “I need a guide” column. Oh, and if you’ve been tossing around terms like “Israel’s occupation” but can’t quite put your finger on the details – like who’s occupying whom, the history behind it, or even the basic ‘what’s what’ – well, it’s starting to look like this guide was made for you.

And let’s not even get started on the Israel ‘apartheid’ commentaries. If you’re diving into that without a roadmap of Israel’s present and historical demographics, you’re diving into the deep end without a life jacket. It seems like some folks might need a tutorial on recognizing when they’re out of their depth. And just a heads-up: living through tumultuous times? Cluelessness can be a real hazard. So here’s a thought: perhaps the West’s prosperity has been a double-edged sword, occasionally dulling our collective wit.

Ah, the joys of living in prosperous nations! The kind where people can afford the luxury of being astonishingly dense, and things still manage to chug along. The West is certainly no stranger to the “eccentricities” of its denizens. We have the eye-rolling moments when schools think about accommodating kids identifying as cats, or when another male celebrity is lauded as ‘woman of the year’. Yet among these facepalm-inducing episodes, there’s the mind-boggling scenario of Westerners being utterly bamboozled by an organization as controversial as Hamas.

The Disconnect Between Western Perspectives and Hamas’ Actions

For the clueless and the clued-in, let’s navigate a few home truths. First up, Hamas and their ilk. They don’t mirror Western thought processes, though it’s worth noting they’re pretty adept at predicting them. Lately, they’ve been rather vocal about their, let’s say, “passion” for demise. If that’s too vague, consider their recent actions: targeting children, committing acts of violence against entire families, parading the deceased in public, the list goes on. And if you’re raising an eyebrow, just peruse the plethora of videos they’re so keen to share.

They’ve strategically placed operations in civilian hubs, making evacuation a logistical nightmare. And if you’re part of the Western population that’s, shall we say, “in the dregs” (you know, the ones applauding Hamas while also getting riled up about pronoun etiquette), you might need a reality check. The bulk of us recognize these actions as grossly reprehensible and, in many cases, blatant war crimes. Let’s be clear: Hamas doesn’t share your worldview. So, if your response to their actions involves an ‘if’, ‘but’, or ‘maybe’, you’re probably veering into the territory of Westernized rationalization.

Hey, here’s a piece of advice: Stop. Don’t play into their game. Remember, Hamas and you? Not on the same wavelength. It’s really not that complex to grasp. Now, onto the second proposition, which might sting a bit. All cultures? Not made equal. Yep, you heard it right. We Westerners, with our multicultural, pluralistic, “Kumbaya”-singing vibes, like to believe everyone around the globe shares our mindset. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all held hands in our self-made utopia? Well, wake-up call: it’s a fairy tale. Some cultural practices are glaringly worse than others. I mean, come on, if your culture advocates for brutal acts against women and then throws a party over the aftermath, it’s clearly flawed. And Westerners? You need to put your foot down.

The Importance of Unequivocally Condemning Hamas

Here’s a bit of training for you. Say with me: “I unequivocally condemn Hamas.” Might sound tricky on the first go, perhaps coming out as “I’m not a fan of what Hamas does” or “I denounce Hamas, but…”. No buts. Emphasize it. Say it clearly. “I unequivocally condemn Hamas.” Heck, punctuate it aloud. Give it the full stop it deserves.

And, although it might be a stretch, I reckon even those Westerners who’ve been drowned in remorse and endless self-flagellation can eventually get the hang of it. Or… maybe not.

Misinterpretations and Western Rationalizations of Hamas’ Motives

Proposition three, here we go. If a group like Hamas tells you why they’re doing something and backs it up with action, take their word for it. In this Idiot’s Guide to Hamas, let me break it down for you: Don’t twist their actions with your Western reasoning. Hamas isn’t seeing the world through your rose-colored glasses. Proposition one warned you about finishing sentences with Western rationalizations. Proposition two highlighted the necessity of unequivocally condemning certain actions. And our third proposition? Don’t finish that sentence. Let Hamas complete it.

Historical and Religious Roots of Hamas’ Actions

But when posed with the question, “Why is Hamas doing what they’re doing?” I bet Western media spins and political narratives flood your mind, right? Remember, Hamas understands the Western psyche. They’re aware they can shout their motives loud and clear to the global community and the West might just turn a blind eye. Why? Because many Westerners feel they know better, dismissing underlying ideologies or religious facets. To Hamas, Westerners are seen as easily distracted, often getting lost in the latest trends of oppressor vs. oppressed or drowning in guilt complexes.

Western thinking, in all its infinite wisdom, has already categorized Muslims as forever oppressed and nations that are doing a tad well, say, like Israel, as the inherent oppressors. This theatrical setting is primed for Hamas’ dramatic PR entrance, with all they need to do being showing up and acting their parts. Proposition Three screams one thing: When Hamas spills out their intent, it’s probably a good idea to lend an ear. So, let’s tackle the burning question head-on: Why, oh why, does Hamas do their thing?

Now, you might find yourself tumbling into a rabbit hole of complex 20th-century Middle Eastern politics, but wait a sec. Rewind. Muhammad’s teachings highlighted Jews as perpetual foes. Muslims, as per these teachings, are in an eternal struggle against them. Interestingly, even with Muslims having a track record of not-so-stellar outcomes in wars, especially when up against little ol’ Israel, there’s a prophecy. This prophecy suggests Jews can evade their fate only by playing hide and seek with nature. Yet, nature, being the snitch it is, will spill the beans on their whereabouts.

It’s not just any rambling. It’s enshrined in the Hamas Charter of 1988. This document proudly heralds their dedication to the Quran, their zeal for jihad, and, oddly enough, their aspiration for a glorious death in service of their cause. Which, given the circumstances, aligns eerily with the wishes of many who aren’t exactly fans of them. The charter has another zinger – it predicts Israel’s days are numbered and will meet an end just as many before it did.

So, when the foundational DNA of Hamas screams “harm to Jews” and they consistently act in a manner that causes said harm, it might be a lightbulb moment for Westerners. Maybe, just maybe, Hamas is genuinely dancing to the tunes they’ve been loudly singing.

proposition four: Drawing parallels between the PLO (or PA), Hamas, and the Palestinians in Gaza using a Western lens is, simply put, erroneous. A prevalent misconception among many in the West is this: think of the PLO or PA as the federal government, Hamas as a U.S. military-type body, and the Palestinians in Gaza as regular U.S. citizens.

This comparison crumbles when we dive deep. Focusing on the Palestinians in Gaza – particularly those not in cahoots with terrorists – we witness the grimness of their situation. Let’s do a quick recap. The same Hamas, entrusted with their well-being, has obstructed escape paths for those desperate to evacuate Gaza. They use the innocent as human shields, setting up operations within hospitals and residential buildings. When Israel attempts retaliation, Hamas’ strategy is cunning: mix with civilians, ensure casualties, and then pin the blame on Israel. And Israel, for its part, tries to minimize casualties. They pre-warn residents before any strike through calls, texts, or even dummy “knock” bombs.

But Hamas wants the narrative of civilian deaths. This gives them ammunition to garner sympathy and put Israel in the crosshairs of global scrutiny. This strategy feeds the ignorant naysayers who say things like: “I condemn the IDF because when they retaliate, they’re knowingly hitting areas dense with civilians.”

Need more? Consider Gaza’s infrastructure. Their water supply system is in shambles. The international community, out of humanitarian concern, sends in pipes to address water problems. But what does Hamas see when they look at these pipes? An opportunity. In a lightbulb moment, they repurpose these pipes into makeshift missiles to target Israel. And when buildings get obliterated in airstrikes, Hamas doesn’t see a need to rebuild. No, they’re more interested in salvaging the metal to craft more weapons, following a perverse understanding of a religious edict to annihilate Jews.

When the infrastructure in Gaza is compromised due to Israeli airstrikes, materials such as sheet metal and pipes are often repurposed by Hamas to create weapons like rocket tubes and other explosive devices. The resourcefulness of Gazans extends to efforts like digging wells to mitigate their water crisis. However, Hamas has reportedly prohibited such initiatives, with potential punishments ranging from six months to a year in prison. The reasoning behind this restriction could be the desire to maintain an image of a distressed population, which bolsters the political narrative Hamas seeks to present to the Western world. The Palestinian people, in this context, are portrayed as victims, a portrayal that Hamas leverages to manipulate media narratives and influence politicians.

It’s important to remember that Hamas operatives may not think in the same way Westerners do, but they are well-versed in how the West perceives situations. It’s vital to differentiate between cultures and recognize that when an entity like Hamas communicates its intentions and follows through with actions that corroborate those statements, one should take them at their word.

Lastly, drawing direct parallels between regions like Gaza and countries like the US is problematic, as the socio-political dynamics, histories, and ground realities differ significantly.


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