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Hamas’ New Female Minister

AFP reports that Hamas now has its first female minister.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya reshuffled his Gaza-based cabinet on Thursday, appointing a female minister to his government for the first time.

The reorganisation, which the Islamist group announced in a statement, leaves the 15-member cabinet largely unchanged, and does not bring members of any other Palestinian political groups into the government.

It creates for the first time a Hamas ministry for national affairs and a women’s ministry, to be headed by Jamila al-Shanti, the first female minister to be appointed by the Islamist group.

My spidey senses tell me the fact this appointment was made only a few days after International Women’s Day is no coincidence.

And she’s quite a woman – assuming you like them mole-infested and evil.

shantiEven when pressed, Ms. Shanti expressed little sympathy for Israeli suffering and contended that Palestinians have a right to defend themselves by any means. What follows is an excerpt of my sobering exchange with Ms. Shanti on the question of why she supports suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israeli civilians.

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Did you support the September 11th attacks?

No, we are against the September 11th attacks. These were innocent people practicing their daily work. There were even Palestinians and Arabs killed….Hamas is against this. I’m not interested in going to America and killing people there. Why? These people are practicing their normal lives. It’s none of my business. But if you ask me: what’s your opinion on killing Americans in Iraq, I will say yes. That’s a different story.

Many people in America think that the September 11th attacks are similar to the suicide bombings in Israeli buses and coffee shops. They both kill civilians, like innocent women and children.

It’s different. How is it the same? The suicide bombings kill people who kill me….These women in the coffee shops also came to my land and came to fight me. Women in Israel are soldiers as well. The owners of the cafés built their cafés on my land and the attendants of the cafés come to fight me.

What about the children [who are killed]?

The children are killed by mistake. The children are not targets, but they die in the incidents.

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Haifa, Yaffa, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, all of those must come back to us….[Our land] will not come back by giving flowers to the Israelis, but by jihad.

And:

She is a big supporter of suicide bombings, because she thinks that “fidaeen attack (suicide bombing as described by western media) is a weapon of weak people against a strong enemy. But this weapon of death should be used only against oppressors and foreign occupational forces, not against fellow innocent Muslims”.

And:

“Talk about the holocaust and the execution of the Jews contradicts and is against our culture, our principles, our traditions, values, heritage and religion,” Jamila al-Shanti, a Hamas legislative official, said in a statement distributed Tuesday after a meeting among elected leaders of the radical Islamist group and the head of the Hamas-run Education Ministry in Gaza.

Sounds like quite a catch, right? And who’s the lucky guy who merited being her husband?

Good question.

Approximately fifty years old, Shanti is the widow of Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a former leader of Hamas who was killed by Israel in 2004

Really good question.

Ms. Shanti herself never married, contrary to some false internet reports that she’s the wife of an assassinated Hamas leader

Anyway, well done to Ms. Shanti on your new appointment.

May you end up a Minister of Marinating the Soil like so many other Hamasholes before you.

 

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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