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Bus Advert Tells U.S. Congress: Don’t Support Hamas

 The Los Angeles-based Israel advocacy group Stand With Us has begun running bus advertisements in San Francisco asking the U.S. Congress not to support the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.  According to spokesperson Dr. Macho Harass, the level of Congressional support for Hamas has reached alarming levels.

“This all started when the U.S. and Israel provided arms and money to rival group Fateh in 2007,” said Harass. “The military aid was supposed to assure the overthrow of the elected but undemocratic Hamas government and the installation of an unelected but democratic Fateh government instead.

“Unfortunately, the Fateh forces were defeated instead, and Hamas came out on top.

We have to stop providing this kind of support for Hamas.”

I asked Harass what sort of action could end the support.

“Why is Hamas even in existence?” asked Harass, rhetorically.  “It’s because Israel decided back in 1988 that it wanted a rival group to counter the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and undermine PLO support amongst Palestinians.  Furthermore, Hamas gets most of its popular appeal from its intolerance for corruption and its steadfast opposition to the expulsion of Palestinians from their land.”

“That still doesn’t explain what you expect Congress to do,” I reiterated.

“I thought it would be obvious,” replied Harass.  “If Congress will stop sending money to the corrupt Palestinian Authority, it will no longer have the means to be corrupt, thus undermining the Hamas claim to be the only choice for stopping corruption.

More important, Congress can end aid to Israel until it stops confiscating Palestinian land and returns what it has stolen.”

“That will take away the only other excuse Palestinians have for supporting Hamas.  It’s appalling that we have put up with this stupidity for so long.”

“Very clever,” I ventured.  “I notice that you’re running another ad saying that Israelis invested over $57 billion in U.S. companies between 2000-2010.  What’s that about?”

“In a way it’s the same message,” explained Harass.  “We want to show that Israelis are already loaded with money and that it makes no sense for the U.S. to be sending them any more.  I think Americans are smart enough to understand.”

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15 Responses to Bus Advert Tells U.S. Congress: Don’t Support Hamas

  1. Ariadna Theokopoulos October 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    I consider myself an exigent critic of hasbara but I have to say without reservation this is a brilliant hasbara move.
    I need to restate it: brilliant hasbara move!
    Now that Hamas has been purchased (at bargain price too) and is servicing not only wealthy but no-account Qatari but more important johns from Tel Aviv, it is smart to let American know that “an ISRAEL advocacy group” is dead set against Hamas.
    Therefore Obama, by “disregarding” them will be made to look like a wise statesman, totally independent form his Jewish handlers.

    • Barb Weir October 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks for placing the move in yet another important context, Ariadna. Zionist opposition to aid for Israel indeed has wide implications.

  2. Rehmat October 28, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    US-Israel has never given any kind of direct military or econmic aid to Hamas group ruling Gaza Strip since 2006. The Zionist regime on the other hand, is holding over $600 million of Palestinian Authority’s share of toll-tax Israel collects.

    Early this month, under Jewish lobby pressure, Washington even canceled its contribution to NGO group Amideast, which provided 30 scholarships for gifted students from both Gaza and the West Bank.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos October 28, 2012 at 12:24 am #

      and the US will continue to NOT give them a penny but they will let the Qatari and even Saudi appear to be the benefactors who pretend to flout the Israeli blockade if it suits them

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos October 28, 2012 at 12:26 am #

        Updated 4:10 p.m. ET — DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The emir of Qatar embraced the Hamas leadership of Gaza on Tuesday with an official visit that broke the isolation of the Palestinian Islamist movement, to the dismay of Israel and rival, Western-backed Palestinian leaders.
        Israel said it was “astounding” that Qatar, a U.S.-allied Gulf state whose oil and gas permit it to punch way above its diplomatic weight, would take sides in the Palestinian dispute and endorse Hamas, branded as terrorists in the West. The emir had “thrown peace under the bus,” an Israeli spokesman said.

        “Dismayed,” my eye!

  3. Blake October 28, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    As normal whatever they bleat about is what they are guilty of.

  4. David Holden October 28, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    the Israeli spokesperson in question, Ari Beinwangler, happens to be an old college friend of mine, and has emailed me that you, or your source, have taken his remark out of context, and furthermore misquoted him.

    what Ari actually said, was a quotation:

    wenn ein Abschaum sagt dir “shalom”, werf ihn unter einen Bus.

    taken from Dr Eugene Zog’s monumental tome:

    Ein historischer Überblick von Dialekten des südlichen Yiddish unter einer illegalen Haredi Siedlergemeinschaft in den besetzten Gebieten, Berlin, 2011,

    a gold-embossed edition of which was being presented to the emir by the Bnai Brith Society in recognition this kind of misrepresentation is commonplace in the Hamas-dominated Western media, but it is sad to see such smears spreading across the pages of an independent journal like deLeberation.

    • David Holden October 28, 2012 at 8:40 am #

      typo of deletion. shd read:

      …in recognition of his services to the Chosen Ones of Allah.

  5. Ariadna Theokopoulos October 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Two Hamas Leaders Killed By Syrian Army Fire
    Sunday October 28, 2012 06:20 by IMEMC & Agencies

    Palestinian sources in Syria reported that two senior Hamas leaders were killed by Syrian army fire in Daraa refugee camp in Syria.
    The sources added that Ahmad Khalil, known as Moammar, and Ahmad al-Kharroubi, were killed by Syrian army sharpshooters in the camp.

    Their bodies remained on the ground for several hours until the sharpshooters left the scene and an ambulance was able to reach them to transport their bodies to a local hospital.

    The two were shot in two different located in the refugee camp, and suffered multiple gunshots, the Ma’an News Agency reported.

    Furthermore, Syrian TV reported that the army strongly denounced Hamas’ Political Bureau head, Khalid Mashal, who moved out of Syria along with most of the movement’s leaders after talking a stance against Syrian President Bashar Assad “for crimes committed against his people who are revolting against his regime”.

    Hamas initially refrained from talking any stance regarding the events in Syria, while some leaders even expressed support for Assad, but the movement later decided to oppose Assad, and most of its senior leaders left the country.

  6. Blake October 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Israel decided back in 1988 that it wanted a rival group to counter the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and undermine PLO support amongst Palestinians. Furthermore, Hamas gets most of its popular appeal from its intolerance for corruption and its steadfast opposition to the expulsion of Palestinians from their land.

    Perfect reason to support Hamas

  7. happeh October 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    You guys are a joke. You print this article and do not even comment on

    “According to spokesperson Dr. Macho Harass”

    Some guy calls himself “A Macho Harrasser” and the intelligent, aware, insightful journalists at Deliberation do not even comment on what is obviously a false name purposefully chosen to honestly state the the spokesman’s true purpose.

    • Roy Bard October 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      I think most people who read it realised that it was satire 🙂

    • fool me once... October 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      “You guys are a joke. You print this article and do not even comment on “According to spokesperson Dr. Macho Harass”
      Calm down petal, it was a joke, even I get it. Now tell us what’s up? You appear to be working yourself up into a lather again, remember what your therapist told you, “If you want to be happeh 😀 , then avoid all situations that may result in conflict.” Now be honest, have you?

      • Barb Weir November 2, 2012 at 8:00 am #

        Perhaps it resembles the name of a real person, e.g. Dr. Michael Harris of Stand with Israel

        • fool me once... November 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

          “e.g. Dr. Michael Harris of Stand with Israel”
          yes, from the link in your article. Maybe Hichael Marris would’ve been less obscure, but then again, if the link ain’t read, then what’s to be said?