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‘Month of jihad’: Ramadan won’t stop Hamas from killing Jews

The Palestinian terror groups have long demonstrated that they do not care about any holiday—Muslim or Jewish—when it comes to advancing their goal of murdering Jews.

Muslims wave Hamas flags after Friday prayers during Ramadan on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, April 22, 2022. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.
Muslims wave Hamas flags after Friday prayers during Ramadan on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, April 22, 2022. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.
Bassam Tawil

International mediators and world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, were hoping to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which starts on March 10.

On March 5, Biden told reporters in Washington: “There’s got to be a ceasefire because Ramadan—if we get into circumstances where this continues to Ramadan, Israel and Jerusalem could be very, very dangerous.”

Such statements are undoubtedly based on the false assumption that Muslims do not engage in wars and armed conflicts during the month of fasting. In fact, the opposite is true. As The New York Times reported, “It is widely believed that the rewards earned for noble acts are greater during Ramadan.”

Uninformed Western statements also ignore that Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups have never hesitated to use Jewish holidays to wage war, carry out terrorist attacks and murder Jews. The Oct. 7 massacre occurred on both the Jewish Sabbath and the Simchat Torah holiday—not to mention the launch of the Yom Kippur War by Egypt and Syria.

Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups have long been using Ramadan to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel.

Hamas, through its “military wing,” the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, even published an article titled, “Ramadan—The Month of Jihad, Fighting and Victory over the Enemies.”

During Ramadan, Hamas claimed, “the jihad fighter dedicates himself to the study of Islam by day; he sets forth to defend his homeland, Palestine, by night.”

The article harked back to the 2014 Israel-Hamas war, part of which took place during Ramadan. “This month has seen the actualization of exceptional Islamic victories,” the group said. During the war, the article claimed, “the Palestinian “resistance,” chiefly the al-Qassam Brigades, “fought the most impressive battles of heroism and martyrdom.”

In 2022, the Hamas website posted : “We welcome the blessed month of Ramadan, the month of jihad, martyrdom and mighty victories.”

In May 2021, the Qatar-owned Al-Jazeera TV station, which serves as a mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, published on its website an article headlined, “Month of Jihad and Victories: How the Palestinian Resistance Turned Ramadan into the Season of Attacks and Victories.” The author, Adnan Abu Amer, a Palestinian political science lecturer at Al-Ummah University in Gaza, listed a long line of deadly attacks by the Palestinian terror organizations against both soldiers and civilians, including suicide bombings, that were deliberately carried out during Ramadan.

In Ramadan in 2017, for example, three terrorists—members of the Jabarin family of the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, murdered two Israeli Border Police officers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound (Temple Mount) in Jerusalem.

A year earlier, also during Ramadan, two Palestinian cousins, Mohammed and Khalil Mukhamara, carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, murdering four Israelis and wounding 40 others.

During Ramadan in 2015, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed two Israeli police officers near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Abu Amer also pointed out that the 2014 Israel-Hamas war coincided with Ramadan and served as a model for resistance groups because it included “the most prominent acts of heroism by the resistance in the history of Palestine and the conflict with the occupation.”

According to Amer:

“Every year, at the beginning of Ramadan, the military branches of the Palestinian resistance factions stress that this is a [special] month, in which the jihad fighters pray during the daytime and defend their Palestinian homeland during the night. It is a month marked by outstanding Muslim victories, and the month during which the resistance carried out [its] most impressive wars of heroism and sacrifice. It is the custom of the resistance to step up its activity during Ramadan. The Ramadan atmosphere increases the readiness for sacrifice, due to its religious and psychological effect, which is automatically felt by the resistance fighters.”

In 2021, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another Gaza-based Iran-backed terror proxy, fired rockets into Israel during Ramadan. During that Ramadan, Palestinians in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem rioted, burned tires, threw rocks, shot fireworks and clashed with Israeli police officers and soldiers. The Palestinians also chanted slogans praising the terrorist leaders of Hamas.

Throughout history, Muslims have taken advantage of Ramadan to wage war against their enemies. Five historic Islamic battles were fought in the month of Ramadan: the Battle of Badr, the Conquest of Mecca, the Battle of Tabuk, the Battle of Ain Jalut and the Battle of Hattin.

So, while non-Muslims such as Biden appear to be worried about violence and bloodshed during Ramadan, the Palestinian terror groups have repeatedly shown quite an appetite for it.

During the Jewish holiday of Passover in 2002, while 250 guests of the Park Hotel in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya were celebrating the traditional Passover seder in the hotel dining room, Abdel Basset Oder, disguised as a woman, entered the hotel with a suitcase containing powerful explosives. He detonated it, killing 30 civilians and wounding 150 others. Some of the victims were Holocaust survivors; most were senior citizens (70 and over).

The Palestinian terror groups have long demonstrated that they do not care about any holiday—Muslim or Jewish—when it comes to advancing their goal of murdering Jews. Those who believe that Hamas seeks a ceasefire ahead of Ramadan are deluding themselves. Those who are concerned about the sanctity of the holy month ought to listen to what the terrorists themselves are saying: Ramadan actually increases their desire for Jewish blood.

Originally published by The Gatestone Institute.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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