Palestinian Groups Should Distance Themselves from Al Qaeda By Liam Bailey


By Liam Bailey
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March 22, 2008

2008-03-21 10:25:46 **opinion**

I have said it before and I will say it again, the best possible thing for the Palestinians to do is distance themselves completely and utterly from Al Qaeda. The Palestinians are in a legitimate fight for their own freedom, and because the struggle is the most legitimate armed Muslim struggle in the Muslim world, it is being used by Al Qaeda as a cause for recruitment. It has been used time and time again over the years, and has been used again Mar 20, in the second audio release by Osama Bin Laden in as many days.

In the tape aired by Al Jazeera, which hasn’t yet been confirmed as authentic, the man claiming to be Bin Laden says the best way for Muslim’s to aide in the Palestinian struggle is to go and fight the Jihad in Iraq. His exact words were:

“The nearest jihad battlefield to support our people in Palestine is the battlefield of Iraq. The people of the blessed land should sense the great favour God has bestowed upon them and do what they should do to support their mujahideen brothers in Iraq. It is a great opportunity and a major duty for my brothers the Palestinian emigrants [in Arab countries], between whom and jihad on the plains of Jerusalem a barrier has been built.”

The BBC article on the speech ended with something I have read before, always with great scepticism: that the U.S.’ efforts in Iraq, along with the capture and killing of several Al Qaeda’s senior members are proving to be major set-backs for the group. According to the BBC the most successful arm of the U.S. Iraq mission is the current effect the “Awakening” councils — ex-Sunni militants now fighting alongside the U.S. — are having in clearing “Al Qaeda inspired” foreign militants out of central Iraq.

As much as it pains me to say: the current Al Qaeda PR drive; two releases in as many days from Al Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden, is a sign that the U.S. led War on Terror is finally making some gains against the group, which is clearly becoming desperate for recruits in Iraq.

It is undoubted that the U.S. has international support in its war with Al Qaeda, in fact it is pretty much a war between the Western world and Al Qaeda, in which only a few countries are fighting it with their military.

The Palestinian’s best chance of obtaining their own state is to gain the widest possible level of international support in that aim. Any bond between their cause and that of Al Qaeda will give them absolutely no chance of achieving that, and will actually increase support for Israel’s brutal military actions, and strangulation of Gaza in every way imaginable. I personally think Bin laden’s release requires a response from the Palestinian groups, especially Hamas, publicly distancing themselves from Al Qaeda.


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4 thoughts on “Palestinian Groups Should Distance Themselves from Al Qaeda By Liam Bailey

  1. Liam, apologies for the delay in my response, I have been very busy!

    “I don’t know why you spew such venom at me Paul, it seems to me we share the same views on the Middle East?”

    I apolgize Liam for maybe being a little too “blunt” at times, but you seem to write with such certainty about received propaganda and stereotypes that are simply untrue. Do you really think that Palestinians should spend all their days protesting their innocence over every false calumny that is spread about them just because of our racist belief that all Arabs who are engaged in some kind struggle against occupation will probably be allied with Al Qaeda in some way? They are usually lost in the tidal wave of Islamophobic propaganda in the western media anyway, and they have enough on their plates as they are bombed and bulldozered into the sea.

    “Since the events of September 11, 2001 in the United States, there has been a strong tendency in most dominant western political circles, as well as in large parts of the Western media, to paint all Islamist movements as a part of the same political spectrum — to describe Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda using the same terms. The most pertinent and most recent example has to do with Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement. Israel, as well as its most powerful allies and supporters in the West, have made strenuous and continuing efforts to portray Hamas and al-Qaida as indistinguishable political groups, thereby virtually ignoring the fundamental differences between the movements.” (Hamas and al-Qaida The Prospects for Radicalization in the Palestinian Occupied Territories)

    Whatever your views are on the “Middle East” Liam, and some of them may be somewhat similar to my own, you are letting yourself be a part of the campaign of innuendo and lies when you write things like “Palestinian Groups Should Distance Themselves from Al Qaeda”.

    Some of the links that you requested are below. (Hamas rejects al-Qaeda’s support) (Al-Qaeda seeks unity with Hamas) (Hamas rejects bin Laden message),2933,186900,00.html (Hamas Rejects Zawahiri’s Support) (Hamas Rejects Al Qaeda, Rebuts Abbas Claims) (Abu Marzouk: Hamas Rejects Al Zawahri Statements)

    Click to access Hamas-and-al-Qaeda-monograph.pdf,2933,258241,00.html?sPage=fnc.specialsections/waronterror (Al Qaeda Number 2 Ayman Al-Zawahiri Condemns Hamas for Accepting Unity Deal With Fatah) (Hamas: US threat claim is cynical diversion)

  2. I know that Fatah have publicly condemned Al Qaeda, and that Hamas aren’t in any way affiliated with them in the eyes of the knowledgeable,

    But you can’t deny that the war on terror has caused Hamas to be lumped into a pot with Al Qaeda as “fantatical Muslim terror groups. It has made Israel’s life easier in every way, it wouldn’t do any harm to have them publicly denounce the message, and say the best way to support our cause is to join in the Israel boycott and have as many other people as you can do the same.

    I read a while back about how Israel was on the verge of being forced into an agreement by the U.S., because the Saudis were turning up the heat, then 9/11 scuppered the whole show because Saudi’s being involved in it caused the Saudi royals to lose their leverage.

    I don’t know why you spew such venom at me Paul, it seems to me we share the same views on the Middle East?

  3. Both Hamas, Fatah, and nearly all Palestinians have comprehensively rejected Al Qaeda on many occasions, and it is a matter of record. Lazy, ill informed Islamophopic stereotyping which automatically assumes that all Muslims involved in armed struggle are automatically allied with Al-Qaeda doesn’t help anyone.

    The US may live to regret arming the “Awakening Movement” to the teeth, especially when they don’t pay them the money they promised, and they also become infiltrated by the Al Qaeda they’re supposed to fighting. It is a temporary fix that may lead to even more trouble for Iraq in the long run.

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