It has already been reported that while much of the Middle East was pleased with Osama bin Laden's assassination by American forces, the Palestinian Arabs stood out as the only regional group to oppose the elimination of the arch-terrorist.
Recent rallies in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have revealed just how much Palestinian Islamists idolized bin Laden and how broad was his popularity on the "Palestinian street."
During the various rallies, the standard chants of the thousands of attendees have been: "Bin Laden Shattered Crosses" (speaking to their hatred of Christianity) and "America is the Enemy of Allah."
At one rally, Hamas leader Sheikh Munir Al-Aydi eulogized bin Laden by praising the latter's dedication to "lead the global jihad against America and its allies, the worshippers of the cross."
Western leaders have for the past decade been trying hard to equate Christianity with Islam and the God of the Bible with Allah. They are adamant that there is no religious war taking place.
But the Palestinian Islamists clearly do not agree.
In light of these dangerous delcarations by Hamas leaders, it is important to once again call out Western leaders who insist that Hamas be made part of the diplomatic peace process with Israel.
Not only does Hamas continue to refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist, but it openly advocates the teachings of terrorists who want to impose Islamic law on the entire world.
[Translation of the televised Hamas rallies was provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute]
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