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Article Eleven of Hamas Covenant, often overlooked, is crux of the problem

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Submitted by Ronald Hargreave (United States), Aug 6, 2014 at 10:42

A Waqf is a land trust; an "Islamic" Waqf refers to an 7th Century land trust consecrated to exclusive Muslim ownership eternally. Article Eleven follows:

"…[Hamas] believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day.

" It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. …

" Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day....

"This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.

"It happened like this: When the leaders of the Islamic armies conquered Syria and Iraq [as part of the Muslim Conquest that began in the 7th century] , they sent to the Caliph of the Moslems, … asking for his advice concerning [disposition of] the conquered land. …

" After consultations… it was decided that [a]s for the real ownership of the land and the land itself, it should be consecrated for Moslem generations till Judgement Day. …This Waqf remains as long as earth and heaven remain. Any procedure in contradiction to Islamic Sharia, where Palestine is concerned, is null and void.

"Verily, this is a certain truth. Wherefore praise the name of thy Lord, the great Allah." (The Inevitable - verse 95)."

Hamas Covenant of 1988 Article Eleven

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp

Hamas tells the world, through its own Covenant, in its own words, that it will not now, never would, and never will, allow even one inch of any Infidel state to exist on this land trust. But Hamas has forgotten that with the carving up of the Ottoman Empire into nation states, and its dissolution under Attaturk in Turkey, the ancient "land trust" upon which it has based its entire existence is no more.


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