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As Israeli forces continue advance into Gaza to combat Hamas- with a particular focus on combating the infiltration tunnels used by Hamas to conduct raids targeting Israeli civilians, it’s worth raising the question, why is it that Hamas, an isolated terrorist organization, feels comfortable repeatedly going head to head with the most powerful regional military in the Middle East?

They have state sponsors, such asIran, Turkey and Qatar, who provide financing, true, but ultimately, Hamas is comfortable operating because they know that behind them stands the entire Global Muslim Brotherhood movement.

This has never been a secret. Hamas’ founding charter (Article 2:) states:

the Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a world organization, the largest Islamic Movement in the modern era.

Nor has this changed. During the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule over Egypt, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh pointed out that Hamas, “was the Jihadi movement of the Brotherhood, with a Palestinian face.” That’s important to note. Hamas’ supposed interest in the Palestinians is but a face Hamas wears to further their real interest. Jihad.  Indeed, during Brotherhood rule in Egypt, Hamas was formally raised to a position within the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

The global Muslim Brotherhood has been oriented to support jihad on behalf of “Palestine” since Hamas was established. The 1982 “Global Project for Palestine” document acquired by Swiss Law Enforcement during a raid on Muslim Brotherhood financier Yousef Nada after 9/11 indicates the role of the Global Muslim Brotherhood in directing policy for the ”Palestinian Cause”:

THE ELEVENTH POINT OF DEPARTURE

To adopt the Palestinian cause as part of a worldwide Islamic plan, with the policy plan and by means of jihad, since it acts as the keystone of the renaissance of the Arab world today.

a-Elements:

To provide an Islamic view on all areas, problems and solutions relative to the Palestinian question, based on the precepts of Islam.

To prepare the community of believers for jihad for the liberation of Palestine.

[One can lead the Ummah to realize the plans of the Islamic movement above all if victory is ours], if God wills it.

To create a modest nucleus of jihad in Palestine, and to nourish it in order to maintain the flame that will light the road toward the liberation of Palestine, and in order that the Palestinian cause will endure until the moment of liberation.

This global direction was confirmed by documents seized in the home of US Muslim Brotherhood member Ismail Elbarasse, who was arrested by a Maryland law enforcement on a material witness warrant after being caught with his wife videotaping the structural supports for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  On such document, an internal 1992 memo from the Muslim Brotherhood front the Islamic Association of Palestine notes:

D- Palestine Committees in the countries:

With the growth of the blessed Intifada and the spread of’ the spirit of Jihad amidst the children of Palestine and the nation, it became incumbent upon the remainder of the lkhwan branches to play a role in attributing this Intifada and this Islamic action to Palestine. Therefore, a resolution was issued by the Guidance Office and the Shura Council of the International Movement to form “Palestine Committees” in all the Arab, the Islamic and the Western nations whose job is to make the Palestinian cause victorious and to support it with what it needs of media, money, men and all of that. (Refer to the resolution in the supplement).

Three: a- The Islamic Resistance Movement:

With the increase of the Intifada and the advance of the Islamic action inside and outside Palestine, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), provided through its activities in resisting the Zionist occupation a lot of sacrifices from martyrs, detainees, wounded, injured, fugitives and deportees and it was able to prove that it is an original and an effective movement in leading the Palestinian people. This Movement – which was bred in the bosom of the mother movement, “The Muslim Brotherhood” – restored hope and life to the Muslim nation and the notion that the flare of Jihad has not died out and that the banner of Islamic Jihad is still raised.

As the Israel Defense Forces hunt down Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, it’s worth reminding ourselves that behind the men with rockets, mortars and AK-47s, lies a global organization prepared to fund them, to manipulate the media on their behalf, and to defend them from world opinion. The Muslim Brotherhood affiliated International Union of the Muslim Scholars called out for, “the Islamic and Arab peoples to rise up in all parts of the world for the sake of Palestine and Jerusalem since it is the central issue of the nation…” Founded by chief Muslim Brotherhood jurist Yusuf Al Qaradawi, IUMS has previously called for the killing of American troops and civilians in Iraq. But that did not stop the Obama White House from meeting with IUMs vice President Abdallah Bin Bayyah last year. Shortly after the IUMS issued their call for a global uprising, the Muslim Brotherhood website Ikhwanweb.com echoed the same call. Not surprisingly, we now see violent riots breaking out in Paris, and elsewhere.

While we can applaud the careful and deliberate counterterrorism operation now being conducted by the IDF, we should remember that to truly defeat Hamas we must uproot the Global Muslim Brotherhood. We should also be wary that when the Muslim Brotherhood does calls for violence, there are those out there like Ismail Elbarasse who have done the reconnaissance, filmed the targets, and spent decades indoctrinating the young men who will answer the call.

About Kyle Shideler

Kyle Shideler is the Director and Senior Analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy. Mr. Shideler specializes in Islamist groups operating in the United States, having spent over a decade researching and writing on their history, doctrine, and impact. Read his complete bio here. Follow Shideler on Twitter at @ShidelerK.