Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hamas are Behaving Barbarically

Following yesterday's complaint about Hamas vandalism in Gaza (another picture of a Hamas activist in Nabil Shaath's home just before they burnt it down is posted here), the following is particularly relevant. It came in from Felix with the comment, "You should look at that special dispatch and post it on your blog. It comes close to what needs to be said by Muslims to their terror coreligionists":

In a July 1, 2007 op-ed posted on the Arab reformist website http://www.aafaq.org/, Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim, well-known Egyptian sociologist and civil rights activist and director of the Ibn Khaldun Center in Cairo, criticized Hamas, Hizbullah, and Fath Al-Islam for using violence within their own societies.

While he has long been a supporter of integrating Islamist movements into the political process, and while in his op-ed he does not back down from this position, he writes that in light of recent events, it is understandable that people are now asking whether there is a connection between Islam and violence. He also writes to urge moderate Islamists to "defend themselves and their religion" against the extremists.

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