Though glossed over in major media reporting on the Israel-Gaza confrontation, the Hamas conflict with the Jewish State remains deeply ideological. Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV broadcast a sermon Friday reaffirming the Hamas ideology that according to Islam, it is Muslim destiny to exterminate the Jews.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) carries a new video of an official television broadcast in which a Hamas cleric states:
Our belief about fighting you [Jews] is that we will exterminate you, until the last one, and we will not leave of you, even one. For you are the usurpers of the land, foreigners, mercenaries of the present and of all times. Look at history, brothers: Wherever there were Jews, they spread corruption… (Quran): “They spread corruption in the land, and Allah does not like corrupters.” Their belief is destructive. Their belief fulfills the prophecy. Our belief is in obtaining our rights on our land, implementing Shari’ah (Islamic law) under Allah’s sky.
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 25, 2014]
Killing Jews as religious practice is a basic message of Hamas, which believes that Muslim struggle against Jews–not only Israelis–and eventual extermination of Jews at the hands of Muslims is intrinsic to Islam. Hamas includes this message in its charter:
Hamas Charter Introduction: “Our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave…”
Article 28: “Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims…”
Article 7: “Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet (prayer and peace be upon him) said [in a Hadith]: ‘The time (of Resurrection) will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: o Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him!'”