Europe's policies of encouraging
groups such as Hamas, which constantly espouse violence, demolishes the
Palestinian effort to achieve a responsible Palestinian state that
finally could end the conflict with Israel.
The West has been duped. The French have naïvely taken the bait: they
now associate Palestinian "Resistance" with the courageous French
underground Résistance that fought the Germans in World War II. They incorrectly assume that the Palestinian "Resistance' must be a good thing, too.
But the Palestinian Resistance bears no resemblance to the French Résistance
of Word War II. There is no way to compare them. The Palestinian
"Resistance" is nothing more than terrorist organizations repressing
their own people. They do not resist an evil force; they are an evil force.
The truth is that the Europeans do not really care about the Palestinians, only about destroying Israel.
Now the International Criminal Court is planning to investigate
Israel because it had the gall to defend itself against terrorism, while
what did Europe do? Europe, in the face of terrorism, invited every
terrorist-sponsoring dictator to join it in a march to protest the very
murders that these dictators had paid for.
There is no difference between Hamas's aspirations to be "liberated
from the Zionist occupation," and radical Islam's aspirations to be
liberated from the "Christian occupation" of Europe.
All "Resistance" should be against radical Islam as embodied by
groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood,
and the Islamic State, among others. They are the ones we should resist.
They should not be allowed to rule us in some Islamist "Palestinian
Europeans, both civilians and law enforcement personnel, may well be
on tenterhooks, wondering what thousands of young Muslim men and women,
who left their countries of origin to join the Islamist terrorist
organizations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Africa, will do when they
return. Europeans have reason to be concerned: many of the returning
jihadists were trained to murder civilians.
When they come back to the countries to which their parents fled to
escape the political and economic distress of the Arab and Muslim world,
many of these mujahideen
plan to kill their hosts in the name of
extremist Islam. They will call their hosts "infidels," and kill them
for the "crime" of not being Muslims.
Although Western countries mistakenly turn the spotlight on the
Middle East, the real danger is in their own backyards. Thousands of
young men are still being brainwashed by imams in mosques throughout
Europe. Those who return from Syria and Iraq operate openly --
organizing, and waiting for orders – all in the name of freedom of
When these orders come, bombs and rifles will not require trips to the Middle East; they have already been put in place.
The imams in the mosques and the Muslim field operatives hide behind
democracy's ideology, its freedom of speech and worship, its individual
liberty and pluralism – just as Muhammad did during the days of jahiliyya
(the period of ignorance before Islam), when he began spreading Islam
in a polytheistic Mecca -- which also allowed freedom of speech at that
Conditions for Islamic activity in Europe are perfect. The West has
only good intentions: it desires to integrate its Muslims socially and
economically. Yes, most Muslims are not terrorists, but that most
terrorists are Muslims is slowly being internalized by a public
suffering from naiveté and a serious lack of understanding of radical,
The refusal of people in the West to believe that extremist Muslims
are serious when they state that their plan is to take over the world
and impose sharia on it, may possibly be the result of fear -- either of
physical, financial or political harm -- or possibly of political
correctness. At best it blurs, and at worst conceals, radical Islam's
intentions. Anyone who does reveal these intentions is condemned an
"Islamophobe" a "racist" or accused of "hate speech."
These accusations are specifically designed to neutralize all
opposition before it begins. The Westerners do not understand the
Islamists' plan of action. Accusations make them helpless; their
helplessness is broadcast to the Islamists. The Islamists then smell
blood in the water and ratchet up their demands and murderous activities
The most serious problem of the Western intelligence agencies is that
most of their agents do not understand Arabic. This shortcoming makes
it impossible to follow the nuances of both the imams and the field
operatives. Worse yet, the Westerners seem not understand the Arabic
mentality. The imams and operatives work ceaselessly and with great
sophistication in their communities to accelerate the process of
isolation and alienation. They nurture the poverty-stricken Muslims'
sense of deprivation and rejection. They whip up a fabric of Islamist
success. They talk about the partial victories of the Islamist terror
organizations in the Middle East. They glorify the reputation of
terrorism, and they instill a fear of radical Islam as a threatening
Salafist demonstration in Solingen, Germany on May 1, 2012, moments
before it degenerated into a violent riot. (Image source: YouTube video
While radical Islam has been gaining strength and influence, Europe
has been increasingly helpless regarding its Christian and Jewish
populations, and has been seriously demonizing its Jews.
As Islamists increase in both numbers and power, they become more
feared, more violent, and more attractive to young, neglected and
marginalized Muslim youths, attracted to their power and happily
recruited to a new "home."
The only active reaction in the West is the rise of various groups
that say they will return Islam to what they say is its proper place.
The patience of these groups seems to be wearing thin; a violent clash
It is unfortunate that neither the radical Islamist ideologues nor
the leaders of the moderate Muslim world understand either Europe's
pluralist spirit or the damage they are doing by increasing this
tension. A clash will harm most those Muslims living in Europe who seek
nothing more than a normal life.
Sadly, the Muslim states that sponsor and incite global terrorism --
Sunni Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as well as Shi'ite Iran and its
terrorist proxy, Hezbollah -- are now paving the way for the destruction
of their own Islamic communities in Europe, in the name of a regressive
and extremist Islam.
To pour oil on the flames of the European protestors, Turkey's
President Erdogan is now hinting that Europe and Israel are to blame for
the Charlie Hebdo
and kosher supermarket massacres in Paris,
while the Egyptian Mufti has threatened Europe with hellfire and a
bloodbath if cartoons "insulting the prophet" continue to be published.
The moderates in the Islamic communities in Europe understand the
tragedy waiting in the wings for Muslim-Christian peaceful coexistence,
and have made efforts to condemn the extremists responsible for them.
But their voices are often too weak to be heard. These brave,
non-extremist imams and neighborhood leaders know that terrorist
operatives often attack as "infidels" anyone who dares to condemn their
actions. They are understandably afraid of what will happen to them if
they openly oppose violence and incitement.
Meanwhile, as Europe's economy disintegrates, immigrants, most of
them Muslims from Turkey and Africa, continue to flood into Europe. As
the indoctrination of hatred toward the West continues to escalate, no
European country – or even the United States -- has found a way to keep
radical, violent Islamist indoctrinations out of its mosques, community
centers and hiding places.
Europeans so badly want to believe that the legacy of Islam is free
from incitement to violence against the West. They hold close the notion
that a non-violent Islam exists, which will not turn the Islamic legacy
into a model for violence and terrorism. A non-violent, non-extremist
Islam does exist, but it is not the one being marketed by charlatan
imams and other extremist operatives pretending to be "moderate."
The West has been duped. Billions of dollars, including the laundered
proceeds of crime, have been sent from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and
Iran, to fund incitement and terrorist activities in schools,
universities, and radical Islamic charities and institutions in the
West. The governments of the West have been victimized and tricked by
oil money, Islamic sophistry, voter blocs and political correctness.
By sticking its head in the sand and not taking legitimate steps,
which indeed may occasionally impinge on some individual rights, to
preserve the right to life, the West keeps itself and its population
from understanding the real threat posed by extremist Islam. If Europe
wants to take the necessary steps to protect itself, it is losing the
It does not take a prophet to see what is coming, or even a simple
observer such as Libya's late leader, Colonel Muammar Gadhafi, who said
that Europe would fall to the Muslims without a shot being fired.
The truth is, to understand how Europe is deteriorating and careening
towards self-destruction, one should look at the limp-wristed policy of
appeasement used by the EU in general, and France in particular, when
dealing with the conflicts in the Middle East -- the years of dedicated
cynicism, corruption, cowardice and the distortion of the truth in the
service of narrow, short-term self-interests.
Europe's policies harm first the Palestinians because they encourage
radical organizations such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and now the Islamic
State [IS], which halt progress towards a Palestinian state. When Europe
claims that Hamas is a "legitimate resistance organization" -- rather
than a vicious, terrorist organization with no recognizable standard of
ethical behavior or morality -- it torpedoes all chances of creating a
decently governed State of Palestine -- one that will not be ruled, now
or in the future, by rampaging Islamist terrorists.
Like it or not -- and frankly this author does not -- the last
bulwark keeping radical Islamism from engulfing Europe is Israel.
Nevertheless, for decades France has supported the Arab-Muslim world
against Israel, the result of latent and not-so-latent anti-Semitism,
oil, and most of all, the political pressure of its indoctrinated
France's hypocrisy and treachery are famous throughout history. In
its weakness, France tries to curry favor with the Arabs and radical
Islam, thereby inviting blackmail and setting the table for its own
In view of the conduct of Europe in general, and France in
particular, it should come as no surprise that by yoking us Palestinians
like farm animals to our leaders, who are the real beasts, they are
betraying the Palestinians.
Europe's policies of encouraging groups such as Hamas, which
constantly espouse violence, demolishes the Palestinian effort to
achieve a responsible Palestinian state that finally could
end the conflict with Israel.
The French have naïvely taken the bait: they now associate the Palestinian "Resistance" with the courageous French underground Résistance
, which fought the Germans during World War II. As they admire the French Résistance
, they incorrectly assume that the Palestinian "Resistance" must be a good thing, too.
But, as they well know, there is no way to compare them. The
Palestinian "Resistance" is nothing more than terrorist organizations
repressing their own people. They do not resist an evil force; they are
an evil force.
The problem is that in setting up the Arabs to get rid of the Jews --
so the Europeans can pretend to themselves that they had nothing to do
with it -- the people they are hurting are not only the Jews and
Palestinians. By encouraging Hamas, Islamic Jihad and now even the
Islamic State in the region, they are obtusely hurting themselves.
That is why overtly and covertly, the French hypocritically support
Palestinian terrorism instead of supporting genuine efforts for a
peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They are betting on
the wrong pony.
That is also why the French support the UN and UNRWA, which
perpetuate the Palestinian problem, instead of demanding that the Arab
states, where many of the Palestinians reside, absorb them, grant them
citizenship and set them free. The truth is that they do not really care
about the Palestinians, only about destroying Israel. That is why the
European Union so easily removed Hamas from its terrorist list. Similar
to this was the French decision unilaterally to recognize the "State of
Palestine" -- despite the fact that the Palestinian national consensus
government is made up of Hamas and the PLO. Both are unrepentant
terrorist organizations. Both not only openly incite terrorism and
violence and call for Israel's extinction, but also train their own
children for nothing but violence when they are not using them as cannon
fodder. All that would seem to show what France really cares about, and
it has nothing to do with free speech, democracy, good governance and
least of all the well-being of the Palestinians. The only thing it is
clear they care about is getting rid of the Jews.
France's hypocrisy in calling the Israelis "occupiers" ignores the
fact that Israel did not invade, conquer and occupy a Palestinian state:
there never has been a Palestinian state. France also ignores the fact
that in fairness, the Israelis have never said they wish to destroy the
Palestinian people, while, to be frank, every day we Palestinians speak
and make plans about how we will destroy Israel.
France further ignores the fact that that so-called Palestinian
"resistance" -- in the form of the PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Palestinian
Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Democratic
Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Popular Resistance Committees
-- has, since its inception and throughout its history, done nothing
but murder and maim Jewish civilians.
Now, in new summits of hypocrisy, the International Criminal Court
[ICC] is planning to investigate Israel for war crimes because it had
the gall to defend itself against terrorism, while what did Europe do?
Europe -- in the face of slaughter, bloodshed and atrocities committed
by extremist Muslims -- invited every terrorist-sponsoring dictator to
join it in a march to protest the very murders that these dictators had
Europe dozes as the Palestinian terrorist organizations continue
their ceaseless efforts to destroy the Palestinians, as well as Israel
and the Jews. Then Europe awakens periodically to support the
Palestinian "Resistance," which bears no resemblance whatever to the
of World War II.
An Arab proverb says, "a dog will have a crooked tail even if you put
it in splints for forty years." There is no difference between Hamas's
aspirations to be "liberated from the Zionist occupation," and radical
Islam's aspirations to be liberated from the "Christian occupation" in
Europe -- from France to Andalusia to Vienna -- to enable Islam to take
over the world.
The willingness of the French to view terrorism, whether Palestinian
or Hezbollah, as "legitimate Resistance" is an all-time low.
No terrorism is legitimate: Not terrorism against Jews, not terrorism
against Palestinians, not terrorism against Christians in the Middle
East and not terrorism against cartoonists in France. For the sake of
the future State of Palestine, all "Resistance" should be against
radical Islam, as embodied by groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad,
al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State, among others.
They are the ones we should resist. They should not be allowed to rule
us in some Islamist "Palestinian State."
Bassam Tawil is a scholar based in the Middle East.