The Irish Times has an account of a celebration of Hamas in Dublin last weekend.
Azzam Tamimi, an Islamist extremist known to readers of this blog, and esteemed by the UK’s “Stop the War Coalition”, which had him round to speak at a Gaza fundraising event last month, was one of the speakers at the Dublin meeting.
He was in fine Hamasnik form:
“Once you recognise Israel, you say to the world that the rape of my country and my people is acceptable,” Mr Tamimi said. “It is a crime against humanity to recognise Israel’s right to exist because that would legitimise the crimes against humanity Israel has committed.”
Had Hamas agreed to meet the conditions laid down by the international community, he said, “they would no longer have my support”.
Hamas, Mr Tamimi argued, was “an alternative to those who sold out” and it “represents our dream” as the “true representative of the Palestinian voice”.
According to the Irish Times, this message was well received:
Richard Boyd Barrett of the Irish Anti-War Movement told attendees that it was “entirely legitimate” to argue that “Israel has no right to exist” because “it is not a normal state but a state built on violence, oppression and apartheid”.
Pro-Hamas talk by Tamimi and support from depraved stoppers is nothing new. Arguably more striking, in an utterly repulsive way, was this remark by Tamimi:
Later, Mr Tamimi drew applause when he praised insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan. He said he disagreed with the Taliban’s views on certain matters, but added: “With regard to their attitudes to liberation I say ‘Long live the Taliban’.”
Yes, should the Taleban “liberate” Afghanistan, never mind “certain matters”.
Murdering more people who fall in love, for example:
Mr Azad said: “An unmarried young boy and an unmarried girl who loved each other and wanted to get married had eloped because their families would not approve the marriage.”
Officials said the couple were traced by militants after they tried to go to Iran. They were made to return to their village in Khash Rod district.
“Three Taleban mullahs brought them to the local mosque and they passed a fatwa (religious decree) that they must be killed. They were shot and killed in front of the mosque in public,” the governor said.
At the bottom of the Irish Times article, one finds this:
Organisers told The Irish Times that the €7,000 raised at the event would be given to Human Appeal International, a registered charity with offices in Manchester.
Since the Charity Commission has said it relies on tip-offs from the public, here’s another one: this charity has found sympathetic donors at an openly pro-jihadi event, and it has already been banned by Israel for its links to Hamas.
New readers here who do not know Mr Tamimi might like to have a look at this video: