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Your Questions for Hamas

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on January 1, 2009

Author’s note: This a pretty good forum I have found called “World Have Your Say” at WordPress. Take some time to read the forum posts, there is some pretty good insight here…

Hamas – or someone who can speak on their behalf – will be taking your questions today, following the appearance of Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev on yesterday’s programme.

I must say i was impressed with the level of engagement you showed with Mr Regev ; You were courteous and respectful and to the point, without compromising your strongly held opinions ; a credit to the WHYS community.

Since the programme aired , it’s being reported that a high ranking Hamas leader – Nizar Rayyan, has been killed in one of the attacks, which have continued on government buildings in Gaza, and there’s a suggestion of divisions within the Israeli leadership. the UN Security council meeting broke up without a vote on a ceasefire, though aid is getting through.

In short, there are few signs of a quick resolution but diplomacy continues : The Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, is meeting the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris today — just a day after the Israelis rejected a French proposal for a forty-eight hour ceasefire in Gaza. The visit comes ahead of Mr Sarkozy’s own diplomatic mission to the Middle East, which begins on Monday. Meanwhile, the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who’s on a Middle East tour aimed at halting the fighting in Gaza — is meeting President Mubarak in Egypt.

Now, getting Hamas on the programme (regulars will know they’ve been on a good few times before) isn’t as straightforward as asking Mr Regev to appear. For understandable security reasons, they spokespeople can’t be tied to one phone for an hour. There’s a language issue as well.

Hi, it’s Shaimaa here. I’ve been on the phone all day yesterday and the day before with Hamas officials and spokespeople in Gaza, Damascus and Beirut and as Mark mentioned getting them on air for an hour is very difficult. All of them told me that they basically can’t be in the same place on the same phone line for an hour as that compromises their safety. I’ll keep trying for Hamas officials and let you know if they agree on a last minute appearance.

In the meantime, Dr.Azzam Tamimi has agreed to step in for Hamas. He describes himself as a sympathiser and supporter of Hamas and is good friends with its leader Khaled Mesha’al. He’s also written a book called Hamas: Unwritten Chapters. I’ve spoken to him about what we’re doing on today’s program and he’s happy to take your questions , so keep them coming.

Latest Update:
Hi it’s Shaimaa again. I just got off the phone with Osama Hamdan, he’s the Hamas representative in Beirut and he’s agreed to come on the program to answer your questions. He’s doing a series of interviews before World Have Your Say, but promised he’ll be on so we’ll start off with Dr.Tamimi and as soon as we get Mr.Hamdan we’ll put him through.
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1. 1 Abdelilah Boukili December 30, 2008 at 18:02

1- What does it take for Hamas and Israel to stop being sworn enemies?

2- Can Hamas and Israel reach an agreement if there are no external influences from countries like Iran?

3- Does Hamas share Iranian president view that Israel should be wiped off the map?

4- How can Hamas think it is possible to have a Palestinian state without recognizing Israel?

5- How confident is Israel that it can destroy Hamas as a military and ideological force?

6- concerning the major differences between Hamas and Israel, are they ideological or religious?
2. 2 Brett December 30, 2008 at 18:45

Well I’d like the questions posed yesterday answered… Especially if its by government officials:

Heres a question, or questions rather, to pose to them (and it isn’t meant to be rude or anything):

1) Do you not understand that violence begets violence?

2) What do you expect to accomplish with such cowardly attacks (coming from both sides)?

3) Do you think that violence will actually end your problems?

Good luck tumbling down the mountain on a snowball of degenerate violence, hate, and revenge.

(And please, don’t anyone cry about bias, that card is well worn. I would pose the same questions and statement to Palestinians)

Thanks 🙂
3. 3 anthony December 30, 2008 at 18:54

The deaths, be they accidental or not, of women and children is unexceptalbe and barbaric. The governments that commit these acts are not of the people or for the people. I believe it is the actions of a few government heads and war mongering generals who give the orders, not the wishs of the innocent caught in the middle trying to live their lives in peace.
4. 4 Marc December 30, 2008 at 19:23

For Hamas:

Why don’t you just stop the rockets from being fired into Israel and see what happens?
5. 5 DENNIS December 30, 2008 at 19:31

My questions:
1)Will there be a CEASE FIRE between the two parties?

2)Why did the Hamas organisation, decided to cancelled the CEASE FIRE in December 2008…

3)What is the authorities in both sides are, doing to prevent un-needed civilians deaths among everyone….

[I hope that the guests are available for the shows]……

6. 6 Sam West December 30, 2008 at 19:43

My question to Israel. Why do you expect Palestine to sue for peace? When the only peace Israel will except is the continued occupation of the West Bank.
My country, The U.S. needs to stop blindly supporting Israel. To Hamas, I ask. Why your Tactics don’t work. You’re not a united people, all Palestinians must unite and speak with one voice. Appeal to the new President of America.
7. 7 Alex December 30, 2008 at 19:44

I would like to know two things:

1) Why can’t Hamas and the people of Gaza understand that when one shoots at a country during a ceasefire and right after, there will be repercussions?

2) What is it that makes the American and British media act like neither Britain nor America would respond if attacked? Only giving a one-sided story is poor and unethical journalism. I am not saying that what is happening in Gaza is not bad, but it is a fact that Israel is responding to non-stop attacks. Hamas and the people of Gaza say they don’t want to be attacked and can’t understand it and yet they haven’t stopped instigating this defense. Israel has a responsibility to protect its citizens just as much as Hamas does.
8. 8 nora December 30, 2008 at 19:52

i have some questions for the israeli government,
I listened to the debate today with an israeli women and it was bad because she said that u israeli’s are defending your self by killing people in palastine and that she is afraid now to go on buses because of terorism and if (4 people where killed by terorists its not worth killing 1000’s of ppl in palastine), and if u stop killing inocent people in palastine i bet they will stop comitting terorism 4 lives are presious but a thousand is not compareble
im not saying that im at the palastineians side nor your side the thing that i really want to see is freedom around the world
why is it that the medical treatments are bad in palastine?
why is it that your are killing kids and woman and starveing them to death ?
even if your want to continue this war this war is supposed to be like (a man to a man )
kids do not have any thing to do with this
why dont u let people help them by food or money or even medical treatments?
and why are u takeing there lands?
and thank you and please replay i want to now every thing and i repeat and say that im not with palastinains nor with isrealians
and thank you again
9. 9 Thorum December 30, 2008 at 20:25

1 – When will Hamas stop sending rockets into Israel?

2 – Will Hamas-run children’s TV shows be changed to stop portraying non-Muslims as evil and the enemy?
10. 10 Bob from Florida December 30, 2008 at 20:36

Hamas, don’t you think that it is better to get a real job, start a business or engage in building a peaceful economy than picking fights with Israel? What is preventing you from getting on with the business of peaceful living?
11. 11 Steve December 30, 2008 at 20:38

Please BBC? Here is another reputable source for the Hamas Charter?

How do you expect them to recognize and make peace with israel when they call for the destruction of israel, the extermination of all jews, and refuses to negotiate???? It’s all in the charter. Why not read it and make it available for your readers to read as well?
12. 12 triniobserver December 30, 2008 at 21:09

Mr. Regev does Isreali Government really believe that this is not a war on the Palistine people? Who do you think is being killed?
13. 13 ellona December 30, 2008 at 21:28

The Hamas leaders are known to be pragmatic, yet I can’t understand how they find their uncompromising stands on liberating entire Palestine (hence, terminating the state of Israel on its 6 million residences) is in anyway productive for the Palestinian cause.

It is important to remember that the Israelis and Palestinians are (even now) engaged in peace talks. They may be still far away from agreeing on many things, and some violence and atrocities still take place, but both sides are sitting together and talking with each other, which is huge. The last 3 Israeli PM have all openly stated that an independent Palestinian state is within Israel’s best interest (an unthinkable thing only 6 or 7 years ago!), but Hamas would not talk to Israel or make concessions for anything, or even recognize Israel’s existence. How such hardcore and fanatic (and more than anything else – unrealistic) attitude can possible help Palestinians. In its history Israel too had extreme militia organizations that wanted to expand it to King David’s borders and conquer Jordan and Syria, but luckily for the Israelis those fundamentalist where curved in. Unfortunately for the Palestinians, Hamas is only interested in face saving measures; it thrives on conflict and cannot exist without it, and only pushing further away any chances for Palestinian independence, prosperity and dignity. I find it tragic that right when life in Gaza were supposed to get better (after Israel’s withdrew its troops and settlements from it, and billions of international $’s were committed to its development) Hamas took over and things got worse than ever before.
14. 14 Alec Paterson December 30, 2008 at 21:39

1. I undertstand that the Hamas charter quotes the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in this way: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it” Is this your aim?
2. The charter also says in article 6 “The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished Palestinian movement, whose allegiance is to Allah, and whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine, for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are concerned.
Does this mean that Hamas goals are: the destruction of the Jewish state and the subjugation of the Jews under the rule of Islamic Sharia?
3. Isn’t Hamas responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza by setting up rocket and mortar batteries in residential areas such as schools, hospitals, and using civilians as “human shields.”?
15. 15 triniobserver December 30, 2008 at 21:41

Does the Israeli Government expect the rest of the world to believe that the Dignity was accidently rammed, your Government is oppressing the Palestine People to the point that you are trying to block aid to these people and yet you do not expect them to retaliate? Wouldn’t you?
16. 16 Pink December 31, 2008 at 00:13

assalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah
I have three questions. 1) Was this the wrong time to retaliate with the firing of rockets into Israel? I thank that it was the wrong time, because now it is election season in Israel. The politicians are more likely to use extreme force against Palestine during such times. Both sides are in a position that neither can stand down. It will also be difficult to form an agreement that is agreeable for Palestine at this time. 2) During the first few days of the truce, what was your ability to control other groups like Islamic Jihad who were firing rockets into Israel?* 3) With so much destruction of the infrastructure that Palestine needs to be a viable state, is it possible for the people of Palestine to rebuild the roads, buildings, and other structures that a state needs to function?

Mark Regev:
It is hard for me to say much at this point. I wish that your country had more respect for international law and for human life. What measures could Israel take that it is not now doing that could enable Palestinians in Gaza to have more normal lives? Why did Israel choose not to allow sufficient goods through Gaza for basic human life during the truce, even before Islamic Jihad fired those rockets at the end of June?

* Keeping in mind that it was Israel who fired the first shot during the truce at Palestinian farmers attempting to access their land on 20 June 2008.
17. 17 Ramesh December 31, 2008 at 03:08

To Hamas: What is the reason behind your starting this episode with rocket attacks on to Israel?
To Israel: Do you think you can silence or wipe out Hamas in order to prevent further rocket and possibly more severe attacks by it?
18. 18 Elias December 31, 2008 at 03:58

My question to the Israeli Government 1) why have you attolerated Hamas for so long allowing them to fire misseles into Israel. 2) Have you now come to the conclusion to get rid of Hamas so that Fatah will be the dominant force for the palestinian people and it would be easier to negotiate peace with them??
19. 19 louis elias December 31, 2008 at 06:00

I would like to ask the hamas representative 2 questions
1 why do your leaders hide when civilians cant take cover
2Why does hamas leave rocket launchers next schools hospitals or where their are children thank you louis
20. 20 Roberto December 31, 2008 at 09:42

RE Hamas ” Hamas ”

———- Why is the basis of your organization the destruction of Israel?

Why Is Hamas also at war with the majority of Palestinians? Will Hamas ever admit to being the instrument of self genocide of the Palestinian people?

Why should anyone negotiate with Hamas if they won’t enforce a truce to begin peace settlements.
21. 21 Nelson December 31, 2008 at 10:01

The Israeli Government and Hamas keep doing the same things over and again but expect a different result each time. The world is alreadt used to this tit for tat games between these two parties. What does it cost to try out a different approach, something new to resolving this never ending conflict?
22. 22 Sohail, Afghanistan December 31, 2008 at 10:03

Dear BBC WorldHaveYourSay,

Here are some questions for Hamas and Isreali government:

1- Why did Hamas not extend the ceasefire after it got expired?

2- How is it possible to make peace without recognizing Isreali existence?

3- Can Isreal totally eradicate Hamas?

4- Are there common grounds between Hamas and the Isreali Government that can help them negotiate and make a peace deal somehow?

5- If a deal can be reached, can Hamas independently do it without needing Fatah in its side? Can Fatah and Hamas unite?

6- Does Hamas admit some responsibilites for the murder of the innocent Palestinians since they had not extended the ceasfire that caused the Isreali attacks?

7- If a peace deal cannot be reached, is it fair that innocent people in Palestine and Isreal die on the daily basis?

8- Why does Hamas only responds militarily? Why not politically and diplomatically?

9- Will Hamas recognize the State of Isreal in future? If they do not, how can they stop this bloodshed and genocide?

10- Why does Isreal act so aggresively? Can they only stop killing the innocent civilians?

I hope my questions find good answers.


23. 23 Sultan Ahmed December 31, 2008 at 13:35

What is meanings of strategy of enedgame,
it mean crucial fight?
it mean occupation permanently on Gaza strip?
it mean end of palestine state?
24. 24 Lubna December 31, 2008 at 13:38

Hi gang ! :-)… My question to the Israeli guest : Salaam… So what about innocent Palestinian civilians who are getting killed as a result of the operation the Israeli army is carrying out against Gaza ?! Seriously, what about them ?! Six months of ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, what good did that ceasefire bring to Gaza and its people ?! Just more blockade ?! More siege ?! More isolation ?! More starvation ?! More humanitarian disasters ?! With my love… Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad…
25. 25 Sultan Ahmed December 31, 2008 at 13:42

having seen the behave of Israel,
i come to the conclusion that
Israe has decided to take the war
to its crucial point.

United Nations is watching all
but silent,

We should admire the role being played by the United Kingdom in this war.

The Philosophy of enedgame mean total occupation on Gaza strip.
26. 26 Ric Brown December 31, 2008 at 14:15

I keep hearing the rationale that Israel is only doing what any civilized nation would do under the same circumstances. The mayor of NYC said that of course if rockets were being fired into NYC, we would respond as the Israelis are now in Gaza.

But don’t you think this is an empty rationale? More importantly, Israel is in the position it is in because of its history and policies, not in spite of them.

We might do the same immoral act under the same circumstances, but isn’t the point that we are not under those circumstances and Israel is because of its history and abuse of the very human rights that democracies are suppose to uphold?
27. 27 nora in Santa Cruz, CA December 31, 2008 at 14:33

Why does the Israeli Government bomb a police graduation when an effective investigative force made up of intelligent people would be required to help curtail the bomber cells?


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