I'm not sitting here with an open copy of The History of Israel but the Jewish desire for a homeland started during the Ottoman rule surely? Weren't there a couple of events in the late 19th century that started things moving, such as European Jewish purchase of lands in the north of present day Israel, plus the pogroms against the Jews in central Europe that got the first migrations started? Certainly long before the Nazi holocaust or even the Balfour business. Happy to be corrected....
According to Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, "The Hamas credo is not just anti-Israel, but profoundly anti-Semitic with racism at its core. The Hamas Charter reads like a modern-day Mein Kampf." According to the charter, Jewish people "have only negative traits and are presented as planning to take over the world." The charter claims that the Jews deserve God's/Allah's enmity and wrath because they received the Scriptures but violated its sacred texts, disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew their own prophets. It quotes a saying of Muhammad from a hadith:
The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, 'O Muslim, O servant of God, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.' Only the Gharkad tree would not do that, because it is one of the trees of the Jews.
— Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
The charter goes further in detailing how Jihad against the Jews is a duty. "The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In face of the Jews' usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised. To do this requires the diffusion of Islamic consciousness among the masses, both on the regional, Arab and Islamic levels. It is necessary to instill the spirit of Jihad in the heart of the nation so that they would confront the enemies and join the ranks of the fighters."
The charter contains references to anti-Semitic canards, such as the assertion that through shrewd manipulation of imperial countries and secret societies, Jews were behind a wide range of events and disasters going as far back in history as the French Revolution.
With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money, they formed secret societies, such as Freemason, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.
It continues by accusing the Jews of engineering World War I and it echoes Nazi propaganda in claiming that Jews profited during World War II.
Violence against Jews
The document also quotes Islamic religious texts to provide justification for fighting against and killing the Jews, without distinction of whether they are in Israel or elsewhere. It presents the Arab–Israeli conflict as an inherently irreconcilable struggle between Jews and Muslims, and Judaism and Islam, adding that the only way to engage in this struggle between "truth and falsehood" is through Islam and by means of jihad, until victory or martyrdom.
Equivalence of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism
Historian Jeffrey Herf argues that unlike the PLO, which has distinguished their national struggle against Zionism from general anti-Semitism (rhetorically, at least), Hamas, in their covenant, have purposefully fused these two struggles into one against the Jews and their country.
But when we were given the mandate there were hardly any Jews in Palestine that hadn't been born there. It's the illegal migration towards the end of our mandate that caused this situation not the Ottomans nor us. Oo-err, missus, oo-err....?
True, but unlike your perpetual REMFness, I have been in Northern Ireland and had the privilege of having people shoot at me and being a bit close to a few riots and car bombs. Bit different from playing pretend soldiers at the TA hall shouting Bang! Bang! Your dead!