Highlights Hamas Links with Chechen Terrorism
(RIA Novosti) — An Israeli non-governmental organization involved
with information on terrorism has published a report on the
between Hamas and Chechen terrorist organizations following the Russian
president’s decision to offer an invitation to the radical Islamic group.
A link to
the document, which claims the group that won the Palestinian
parliamentary elections in January, identifies ideologically
with Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev, has been published on
the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Web site alongside a report
on Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s response to Vladimir Putin’s
by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the
Center for Special Studies was published Friday, the day after
Putin’s invitation, and shows on its front page a poster distributed
by Hamas, with pictures of five Chechen terrorist leaders,
along with Osama bin Laden.
entitled Chechnya, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Kashmir, Palestine,
Lebanon "was taken from a CD distributed by Hamas, in
our assessment to institutions in the PA-administered territories,
especially educational institutions," the report says.
At the bottom
of the poster is a message referring to the "oppressed
minority of Muslims" living in the countries listed. "It
is an explicit message of violence, in which Hamas goes beyond
its Islamic-Palestinian identity and encourages international
Islamic terrorism," the NGO said.
shows several other examples of Hamas propaganda with similar
messages. These include a CD calling Khattab, a terrorist killed
in Chechnya, a martyr for Islam, and a CD entitled "The
Russian Hell" containing the message to Russian soldiers: "Fire
is waiting for you in the next world, and the Chechens in this."
should be noted that ideologically Hamas is completely hostile
to the Russian regime in that it identifies with the Chechen
separatists, regarding them as part of the global jihad, and
supports them in their terrorist activities," the report
announcement that it plans to invite Hamas has been supported
by France, which is also involved in the Quartet (the EU, the
U.S., Russia, and the UN) on the Middle East, which has urged
Hamas to renounce violence and to accept Israel’s right to
Tzipi Livni said: "Hamas is a terrorist organization and
must be treated as such… the decision by the Quartet, of
which Russia is a member, sets preliminary conditions which
must be met if the Palestinian Authority is to be able to achieve
legitimacy. These conditions are fundamental and basic and
are not negotiable, and the Palestinians must accept them unequivocally,
just as they are."
foreign minister told the Cabinet on Sunday that Russia’s invitation
created a danger of Hamas gaining legitimacy in the international
community without meeting any of the conditions set out by