Al Jazeera Host: If Not for Hamas, Palestinians 'Would Be Slaves'

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April 23, 2018

Al Jazeera host Jamal Rayyan posted comments on YouTube last month in condemnation of Israel and in support of Hamas and jihadism.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a non-profit think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., found and translated a March 27 YouTube video from Rayyan where he discussed Palestine.

"Why does Palestine have to fight on behalf of the Arabs? Why does it have to guard the Al-Aqsa Mosque on behalf of the Arabs? Why does it have to defend their honor on their behalf?" Rayyan said.

"Why do the Palestinians have to die in order to get their message across? By Allah, if not for the Al-Aqsa Brigades and the PFLP, they would be trampled underfoot. If not for Hamas, they would be slaves. If not for the Islamic Jihad, they would become dust," he said.

Rayyan went on to declare "Palestine will return" and it will "spew out that which is foreign," specifically refering to "the Zionist entity," a pejorative for Israel.

"Palestine will return. Palestine is like the sea. It will spew out that which is foreign," he said. "The Zionist entity is a foreign body on Palestinian and Arab land – foreign in terms of culture, language, religion, and traditional customs. They will never succeed in changing our identity. They are foreigners, and foreigners are destined to be expelled by their surroundings. They will go back to where they came from."

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