Volgens sommigen is het feit dat het nog erger kan dan Hamas, een teken dat het met Hamas wel meevalt. Ik vraag mij echter af of dergelijke groepen, die ideologisch dichter bij Al Qaida zouden staan, wat betreft Israel en de Joden zo anders denken. Hamas heeft nu de verantwoordelijkheid over de Gazastrook en dat noopt haar tot enig realiteitsbesef. De taktiek mag dan enigszins zijn veranderd, het volgende, onlangs uitgesproken door een Hamas vice minister, laat toch weinig aan de fantasie over:
"The Jews, the brothers of apes and pigs, have gathered from all corners of the world, in order to defile the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They have come to rob it of its purity, and they replaced it with their impurity, their filth, and their abomination. The Al-Aqsa Mosque… Along come the criminal Zionists, and open the so-called Hurva ("destruction") synagogue. May Allah bring their homes down on them. (…)The Jews have violated all the treaties and accords. They slayed the prophets in the past, and showed no respect for any prophet or messenger. The Koran says: "They slayed the prophets unjustly." Only a madman, who does not understand a thing, can possibly think that the Jews are human and should be treated as such, while their treatment of us is characterized by death, blood, and siege. (…) The Jews, just like a cancer, operate via dormant cells, until the body collapses. We must stop this swelling, criminal, Zionist cancer."
The Jerusalem Post
Gaza Islamists threaten to slit Abbas's throat
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Jaish al-Umma commander threatens death if his "collaboration with the Jews" is proven.
An Islamic fundamentalist group in the Gaza Strip on Sunday threatened to "slaughter" Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for "collaboration with the Jews."
The commander of the group, Jaish al-Umma [Army of the Nation], said: "If it is proven that Abu Mazen [Abbas] is helping the Jews, we will slit his throat."
The commander, Abu Abdallah Ghazzi, said that his group was also planning to launch an attack on Israel from southern Lebanon on condition that Hizbullah or UNIFIL don't thwart it.
Jaish al-Umma is one of several Islamic fundamentalist groups that have popped up in the Gaza Strip in recent years. The groups are believed to be inspired by al-Qaida.
Ghazzi, who is wanted by Hamas, also revealed that his group turned down an offer for financial aid from Iran. He also strongly denied any links to al-Qaida, but heaped praise on Osama bin Laden "because he's fighting against anyone who's hostile to Islam and Muslims."
He added that his group started operating in the Gaza Strip about six years ago. He said that while the group has only 200 active members, it also has thousands of supporters in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere.
"Some of our members are in their sixties and they participate with younger members in defending their people and land to liberate our holy sites from the Jews," Ghazzi said in a rare interview with the London-based newspaper *Al-Hayat.
"Our goal is to liberate Jerusalem, remembering it had been liberated by Omar ibn al-Khattab and Salah Eddin al-Ayyoubi, and to implement sharia in the rest of the world."
Asked about the sources of funding for his group, the commander revealed that Iran had offered to finance the militia – an offer which, he said, was turned down. "We reject any cooperation in return for something," he said. "But if someone wants to give us in return for nothing, we will take it."
Ghazzi said that his group was receiving financial aid from "outside parties and individuals," but did not elaborate.
He said that while his group regarded Abbas's Fatah faction as an "enemy," sometimes there was coordination between the two parties. He also accused Hizbullah of working to spread the Shi'a faith in the Palestinian territories.
He said that his group was against Hamas because of the latter's decision to run in the parliamentary elections in 2006 "under the umbrella of the Oslo Accords."
He also accused Hamas of waging a campaign of arrests against members and supporters of Jaish al-Umma.
"Fatah and Hamas torture anyone who's in their prisons," he charged, pointing out that he had been previously targeted by both sides.