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A Hamas terror network in Europe

A terror plot in Berlin shows the Islamic terror group has a bigger plan.

Hamas terrorists in Gaza City, Sept. 21, 2022. Photo by Attia Muhammed/Flash90.
Hamas terrorists in Gaza City, Sept. 21, 2022. Photo by Attia Muhammed/Flash90.
Daniel Greenfield
Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli-born journalist who writes for conservative publications.

Hamas have been described as Nazis and recent arrests shows that the Islamic terror group tried to live up to the name by planning to kill Jews in Berlin.

The first warning that Hamas, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, was preparing to deploy its international capabilities came when Sami Abu Zuhri, a senior Hamas spokesman, called for “violent acts against American and British interests everywhere, as well as the interests of all the countries that support the occupation.”

The question of whether this was anything more than empty rhetoric was settled when seven Muslim terrorists were arrested across Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. While Islamic terrorist plots are nothing new in Europe, these arrests reveal that Hamas has built an international terrorist network across a number of nations in preparation for carrying out attacks.

The official release from Germany’s Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office revealed that four of the Muslim men arrested “have been longstanding members of HAMAS and have participated in HAMAS operations abroad.”

It revealed that Hamas had set up “an underground weapons cache in Europe… created in the past in a conspiratorial manner.” This weapons cache had been set up well before the Oct. 7 atrocities committed by the Islamic terror group, and the terrorists were activated and told to search for it “no later than spring 2023” making it clear that this was not an attack planned in response to Israel’s bombing of Hamas targets in Gaza, but long before the Oct. 7 attacks.

The spring 2023 timetable makes sense as Hamas had originally planned its butchery for Passover. The spring attack was aborted when Israeli intelligence learned of the plans. Hamas then became paranoid and proceeded in greater secrecy. Israeli intel viewed the Passover attack as a false alarm and then failed to take the High Holy Day attack plan seriously.

The European operation suggests that Hamas had prepared for a Passover attack beyond Israel. Its European cell tried to locate its underground weapons cache and the “weapons were due to be taken to Berlin and kept in a state of readiness in view of potential terrorist attacks against Jewish institutions in Europe.” But the terror cell had trouble finding its cache.

It is unclear why exactly the Hamas operation in Europe lost track of its underground weapons cache, leading the four terrorists to travel around searching for it, but it’s likely that Israeli attacks on the terrorist group took out vital links in the chain so that the location was lost.

An underground weapons cache also suggests that Hamas was planning something bigger than just a shooting. Despite what some Americans think, guns are not that hard to come by in Europe for criminals and terrorists. And this might have been why the trail of the Hamas cell led to Denmark and the Netherlands in search of the weapons they needed to massacre Jews.

The Copenhagen arrests were linked to Loyal to Familia. A Front Page Magazine article recently profiled the high level of Muslim gang violence in Sweden and Copenhagen, which includes heavy firepower and hand grenades. These groups control drug smuggling routes and have ties to Islamic terrorism. They would have also had the weapons that Hamas needed.

Loyal to Familia’s Muslim thugs have terrorized Copenhagen while claiming that they’re suffering from Islamophobia. Weapons stockpiles held by the Muslim gangs in Denmark have included not only actual machine guns, but grenades and mortar shells. If anyone could get Hamas what it needed in Europe, it would have been the Loyal to Familia Muslim drug gang.

The arrests of members of Hamas and Islamic gang members links immigrant organized crime and Islamic terrorism in a way that poses a serious threat to Europe and ties it to Iran.

The European Hamas operation was being run out of Lebanon, where the Islamic terror group has been able to operate safely under the protection of Hezbollah and its Iranian allies. Beyond the “political leadership,” Hamas has a terrorist operation in Lebanon which has launched raids and rocket attacks into Israel after Oct 7. But Hamas in Lebanon was also reaching into Europe.

In November, Israel took out Khalil Hamed al-Kharraz, the deputy commander of the Hamas forces in Lebanon, along with three other terrorists, in an airstrike on their car. The strike was timely, but not timely enough, because al-Kharraz had been talking to the European cell.

The European Hamas attacks were being run by top Hamas figures out of Lebanon.

Abdelhamid, the apparent leader of the European Hamas cell, was Lebanese born and was taking “orders from HAMAS leaders in Lebanon,” according to the official German release. Another, Ibrahim, was also from Lebanon. A third, Mohammed, was from Egypt.

While Hamas is generally portrayed as a “Palestinian” group, with “ceasefire” supporters refusing to even say its name and chanting only in support of “Palestine” or “Gaza,” in reality it’s a regional terrorist group.

The Hamas members arrested in Europe reflect the reality that the “Palestinians” are a myth and that their cause is just the familiar Arab and Islamic nationalism of the regional majority.

It’s unknown exactly how far along the Hamas terror plot was, but while members frantically searched for their underground weapons cache, Ibrahim, the other Lebanese Hamas member, had taken up residence in Berlin near the Jewish Museum. Such an apartment could have been an ideal staging ground for attacks on the museum and any Jewish targets in the area.

More significant than the actual plot is the revelation of a Hamas cell operating in Europe.

The Lebanon section of Hamas closely coordinates with Hezbollah and shares a joint operations room with it. In the wake of the failed Syrian Civil War, the group appears to have gravitated toward grander schemes, like the Oct. 7 attack, and now, under Iranian influence, apparently seeks to expand its terror operations into Europe.

By backing Hamas, Iran not only secured a terrorist force inside Israel, but one capable of expanding and recruiting across Europe. Al Qaeda’s current leader is already operating out of Iran. Now the Islamic regime in Tehran wants another large-scale Sunni Islamic terror group that can operate not only in Israel or the Middle East, but around the world.

The international migration of Sunni Arab Muslims from Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and elsewhere has created a large “Palestinian” base that Iran can use Hamas to recruit.

The European terror network shows that Hamas poses a threat not only to Israel, but to Europe and America. A senior Hamas spokesman has called for attacks against America and the United Kingdom. A Hamas cell was operationalized in Germany to carry out attacks there. As a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas can call on support from Brotherhood front groups, including CAIR and MPAC in America, as well as many others in Europe, giving it a solid base of allies.

The Oct. 7 attacks were meant to go beyond Israel and position Hamas as a rival to Islamic State: an Islamic terror group capable of achieving what ISIS and Al Qaeda had not. The European arrests show that Hamas has a network, operations and ambitions that go beyond Israel.

But this is true of all Islamic terror groups. Al Qaeda operations had brought together jihadists in the Philippines, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Europe and America. Despite the claims of its apologists, Islamic terrorism is never truly local, it is not a response to the “oppression” of some Christian, Jewish or insufficiently Muslim government—it is aimed at a global Islamic agenda.

“The day will come, within several years, when this world will change, submitting to the Arab Islamic will, Allah willing,” former Hamas leader and co-founder Khaled Mashal predicted.

“Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world. This is not a figment of the imagination, but a fact. Tomorrow we will lead the world,” he warned.

Former Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad haa predicted that “Jerusalem will be the capital city of the Islamic Caliphate” that will rule the world under a “global Islamic civilization.”

“Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was,” a Hamas cleric predicted. “Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam… this capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe.”

“The entire 510 million square kilometers of Planet Earth will come under [a system] where there is no injustice, no oppression, no Zionism, no treacherous Christianity,” boasted top Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar.

Hamas, like ISIS and like every Muslim terrorist group, envisions and works for the Islamic conquest of the world. The struggle against Hamas is not just an issue for Israel, but for the entire world. Much as the struggle against Islamic terrorists in India, America, Europe, Russia, China or anywhere else is also a matter for the entire world. This is a world war. And it is probably the truest world war that there ever was, against an enemy aimed at world conquest.

The Hamas terror network in Europe shows that the terror group won’t stay in Israel. And that the war against Hamas and every Islamic terror group is a fight for the survival of the world.

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