Wherever Aggie is for her week of R&R, I bet she’s toasting marshmallows:
A group that is operating in Gaza and which says it is associated with ISIS has claimed that it killed a top Hamas commander. According to the group, which calls itself the Army of the Islamic State, Saber Siam was killed when ISIS operatives placed a bomb on his car, blowing it up with him inside.
Siam was killed, the group said, because he was “a partner in a declared war against religion and against Muslims, working for the heretical government in Gaza.” ISIS warned Hamas to immediately “end its war against religion in Gaza” or “face the consequences.”
The group also sent out warnings on social media to Gaza residents to stay away from Hamas offices and buildings, lest they find themselves swept up in attacks against the group.
It was not possible to verify whether the group was associated with ISIS, or whether it even actually exists. However, Israeli sources confirmed that Hamas has been conducting actions against a group of Salafist rebels it accuses of trying to take over Gaza.
Unless you’re in New York City, Aggie. I don’t think they allow campfires in Central Park.
Let’s see if we can follow their line of… well, I was going to write “thinking”, but that’s not what this is. Let’s see if we can follow their “argument”.
Hamass is essentially the Gaza branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood.
The Hamass Charter reads as follows (in excerpts):
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate You are the best community that has been raised up for mankind. […] Grace to Allah, whose help we seek, whose forgiveness we beseech, whose guidance we implore and on whom we rely. We pray and bid peace upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, his companions, his followers and those who spread his message and followed his tradition; they will last as long as there exist Heaven and Earth. […] [T]he Islamic Resistance Movement erupted in order to play its role in the path of its Lord. In so doing, it joined its hands with those of all Jihad fighters for the purpose of liberating Palestine. […] The Islamic Resistance Movement draws its guidelines from Islam; derives from it its thinking, interpretations and views about existence, life and humanity; refers back to it for its conduct; and is inspired by it in whatever step it takes.
That’s not Islamic enough for you? Trust me, it goes on like that forever, or feels like it does. Can’t understand why you two can’t get along.
But slay away, my Islamic Statists! Slay and be slain! I’ve got the chocolate, Aggie, if you’ve got the graham crackers.