Blood libel Hamas leader speaks here tonight

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Top Hamas man who famously said: Jews use our blood in their Pesach matza, (SEE VIDEO), will be the keynote speaker in Pretoria tonight at a conference of the Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) conference on Political Islam at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel. Na'eem Jeenah, the Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, was denied entry to Israel several years ago. Osama Hamdan, pictured over the AMEC logo, is a member of Hamas’ politburo and head of Hamas in Lebanon.
by ANT KATZ | Jan 19, 2015

In a recent TV interview, Osama Hamdan, top Hamas representative in Lebanon and a member of the Hamas political bureau, said: "We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos." The interview aired on the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel in July 2014.

“We all remember how the Jews slaughtered the Christians,” Hamdan told Al-Quds.

Hamdan - Na'eem Jeenah

RIGHT: 'I have Jewish friends' Hamdan says

As recently as August 2014, Hamdan told’s Sarah Smith: ‘I have Jewish friends’ as he defended the TV interview of him repeating the “blood libel” slur — that Jews killed Christians and baked their blood into matzah — by saying that he had no problem with Jews as a people and even had Jewish friends.

“You cut the words — not you, the Israelis. They cut the facts and start this propaganda to say they are innocent,” Hamdan, later told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I have Jewish friends supporting the Palestinian cause.”

Would not distance himself

Hamdan, however, did not unequivocally distance himself from the video, even after Blitzer pressed him multiple times. Instead, he said that he had no problems with the Jews as a religion. It was just the occupation, he said, that was the problem, and would be a problem no matter the occupier’s religion.

“I was hoping for a flat denial that you’d utter such ridiculous words that Jews would kill Christians in order to bake matza,” Blitzer said on his third and final attempt at an answer.

Smith writes that Hamdan demurred. “Wolf, Wolf, Wolf, you have to be fair,” he said, explaining that he was just repeating what had been said before.

In the above interview, which aired on the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel on July 28, 2014, Hamdan stated that "killing children... is engraved in the historical Zionist and Jewish mentality." Commenting on the accusation of Blood Libel against Jews, Hamdan stated "we all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos.

“This is not a figment of imagination or something taken from a film,” says Hamdan. It is a fact, acknowledged by their [Jews’] own books and by historical evidence." In a subsequent interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who is himself Jewish (both his parents were Camp Survivors), Hamdan defended his comments, stating that he was responding to comments made by Moshe Feiglin in the Israeli Knesset in which he called for the 'complete destruction of the Palestinians in Gaza'.

Hamdan asserted that the organisation MEMRI had edited and 'cut' his words in a selective manor taking them out of context, going onto to remark that 'we are not against Jews, we are against the Israeli occupation'.


Who is Osama Hamdan? 
Who is Na'eem Jeenah?
What’s the AMEC conference on Political Islam?

Writing about the ‘Palestine Papers’ revelations in The Guardian in 2011, Hamdan said that: ”One cannot but conclude from this shameful episode in the history of our people that these negotiators were willing to make such unthinkable and unacceptable concessions because they simply lacked any genuine affiliation to the people they claimed to represent, or any belief in the cause on whose behalf they claimed to negotiate. In fact they were neither elected by the Palestinian people nor mandated by its elected representatives to engage in this process.”

Coincidentally, 2011 was also the year that Israel refused Na'eem Jeenah entry into the country. Jeenah told the Mail&Guardian at the time that Israeli security police accused him of supporting armed resistance against Israel. He was detained and held incommunicado at Ben Gurion Airport for several hours after flying in to Tel Aviv at the invitation of the South African consulate there to conduct research. He was then deported to Istanbul, Turkey, (presumably as he had flown in from there) and flew back to SA the next morning. “As a guest of the embassy, I didn’t expect this treatment,” Jeenah said. “And I was surprised at the manner in which they treated the embassy official.”


RIGHT: Ismail Coovadia, previous SA ambassador to Israel, unwittingly became the biggest donor of trees through JNF in 2013

Ismail Coovadia, who was SA’s ambassador to Israel at the time, told the M&G he had been in contact with the Israeli foreign ministry until the point when Israel deported Jeenah, but the ministry had told him there was nothing it could do.

After his “UNCOUTH REJECTION” of a gift of 18 trees, ex-Ambassador Coovadia
unwittingly became the top tree donor to Israel through the JNF in 2013 as
SA friends of Israel rallied to planted a whopping 3,542 trees in his name.
The local Bedouin community thanked him too. READ THIS GREAT STORY!

Coovadia said he was going to “take this up” and planned to meet officials from the Israeli foreign ministry. “I will complain about this treatment,” he said. It is unclear whether he ever did.

“This is not the first time high-profile visitors to Israel have been deported for ‘security reasons’,” wrote the M&G, UN human rights investigator Richard Falk had been deported in 2008 and writer Professor Noam Chomsky was deported in 2010. “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was denied entry to the West Bank in 2008,” added the M&G story, as had members of COSATU, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union and the SA Council of Churches.

Hamdan said in a TV interview in 2011 that "politically, the two-state solution is over" and that "we are entering the phase of the liberation of Palestine... the notion of Return: the return of the refugees to their homeland, and the return of the Israelis to the countries from which they came."


Hamdan Osama FULLHamdan, left, and Jeenah superimposed on the AMEC header

Who is Osama Hamdan?

According to Wikipedia, Hamas leader Osama Hamdan is the top representative of Hamas in Lebanon and a member of the organisation's politburo.

Hamdan Osama1Osama Hamdan, LEFT,  was born 1965. He is the top representative of Hamas in Lebanon and is a member of the organization's politburo. He is a member of the Arab National Congress and of the Arab Islamic Conference of the Board of Trustees of the Jerusalem Institute in Lebanon.

Hamdan was born in the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip to a Palestinian refugee family that fled the village of al-Batani al-Sharqi during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He attended high school in Kuwait, graduating in 1982. He then enrolled at the Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in 1986. While he was at the university, Hamdan became an activist with the Islamic Student Movement. He returned to Kuwait after graduating and worked in the industrial sector until the Gulf War in 1990.

After leaving Kuwait, Hamdan worked at the Hamas office in Tehran as assistant to then Hamas representative Imad Alami from 1992 to 1993. He became Hamas' official representative in Iran in 1994, serving in that post until 1998.[1] While undertaking this post, Hamdan claimed that the "flourishing relations" between Iran and Hamas were at the expense of the once-good relationship between Iran and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). However, he stated "There is an absence of any proof or evidence of Iranian financial support to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian factions who have established contacts with Iran. It is merely rumours and speculation."

In 1998, Hamdan was appointed as Hamas representative in Lebanon, a post he still holds. In 2004, he served as Hamas' spokesman in Cairo during a dialogue between Palestinian factions. He has also participated in talks between Hamas and European officials. Hamdan has advocated Palestinian unity talks and in an interview with Al-Arabiya on May 20, 2009, he said "I understand that each of us [Hamas and Fatah ] must set conditions to reach an agreement. National dialogue must be based on national interests of the Palestinian people..."

Who is Na’eem Jeenah?

Wikipedia lists Na’eem Jeenah as a well-known leader in the Muslim community and the anti-capitalist and anti-war movements in SA. He is also an academic, author, and journalist.

Jeenah was born in Durban in 1965. Under South Africa's Apartheid Population

Jeenah is currently the Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, a research institute dedicated to studying the Middle East and relations between that region and Africa. He previously worked as Director: Operations for the Freedom of Expression Institute in Johannesburg. He has also taught Political Studies at Wits.

Registration Act he was classified "Indian" and he cut his political teeth in the 1980s when, while he was still in secondary school, the country erupted into a decade of protests, widespread resistance in trade unions and communities. This was the period when the liberation movement succeeded in making SA "ungovernable".

Hamdan - Na'eem JeenahAfter school, Jeenah, LEFT, entered the highly-politicized University of Natal Black Section, the medical school (only for Black students) that was attached to the White University of Natal. Through his activities with the Muslim Students Association of SA and the Muslim Youth Movement of SA, he was thrust into the political limelight as these organizations became increasingly involved in the anti-Apartheid struggle. His activism, however, was mostly inspired by Islam and was prosecuted through Muslim organizations.

After spending two years at the Medical School and a year at the University of Durban-Westville, Jeenah dropped out of university to find a job and get married. He married Shamima Shaikh, whom he met for the first time when the couple was arrested during a consumer boycott campaign. Shaikh became one of SA's most well-known Islamic feminists. She died in January 1998, leaving Jeenah with two sons.

Jeenah rose in the ranks of the Muslim Youth Movement of SA to become its national General Secretary and, later, its president. He was also, for a period, the editor of the Movement's mouthpiece newspaper, Al-Qalam. During the 1980s Jeenah helped his organisation and the Muslim community in SA to get involved in inter-faith activities - particularly through the SA chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace. Working with the latter, he was also a member of the drafting committee of a landmark document produced during SA's constitution-drafting period called the Declaration on Religious Rights and Responsibilities.

Jeenah and Shaikh undertook the hajj pilgrimage in 1997, while Shaikh was already suffering from the effects of breast cancer, which had affected her severely. On the couple's return they authored a book about their pilgrimage called Journey of Discovery: A South African Hajj. Soon after, they founded the Johannesburg-based Muslim community radio station called The Voice, which exposed radical and progressive Muslim voices to the Muslim community and became a flagship for women's rights, inter-religious tolerance and anti-imperialist rhetoric. It also gave a voice to refugee communities and social movements.

Shaikh died just four months after the station went on air.

Jeenah's career has been a chequered one, spanning the NGO sector, academia, religious organisations and journalism. But it is as a progressive Muslim activist and an international solidarity activist that he has made his mark.

Jeenah currently holds the position of Director: Operations at the Freedom of Expression Institute. He is also the Coordinator of a progressive Johannesburg mosque, Masjidul Islam, a steering committee member of an inter-religious organisation focusing on women's issues called The Other Voices.

He is also a spokesman for SA’s Palestine Solidarity Committee and Anti-War Coalition and is a member of the International Coordinating Network for Palestine.

He is often interviewed as an expert by various media on issues related to Islam or the Muslim world, Muslims in SA, the Middle East, Islamic Feminisms, political Islam, freedom of expression and various other issues. An experienced journalist, he writes for a number of publications and reports for a network of radio stations in the US. He is also a monthly columnist for the South African newspaper Al-Qalam.

In June 2005, Jeenah married Melissa Hoole. They now have a daughter.

Jeenah was named in December 2000 on the Mail & Guardian’s "Hot Shit 100 List" of people "Making their mark in the new millennium" and, in 2006, he was included on that newspaper's "100 young people you must take out to lunch".



What is AMEC's conference: Political Islam?

The Afro-Middle East Centre’s website describes their conference a follows:

After the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa region, Political Islam took centre stage in many respects, as numerous actors in the region claimed their Islam as the inspiration or basis of their political activity. This manifested during various elections, coups, and civil wars. Perhaps the most recent of these has been the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, which seeks to undo the post-Ottoman Sykes-Picot architecture of the MENA region.

These developments over the past four years have resulted in the MENA region, and the Muslim world more generally, experiencing a profound conceptual rethinking, including a re-evaluation of notions of global ethics, citizenship and democracy, capitalism and economic development, imperialism, and liberation.

Developments over the past four years have resulted in the MENA region, and the Muslim world more generally, experiencing a profound conceptual rethinking, including a re-evaluation of notions of global ethics, citizenship and democracy, capitalism and economic development, imperialism, and liberation.

At the heart of much of this rethinking (and attempts to prevent rethinking) have been various models of political Islam. The phenomenon has also been central to the continuing unfolding of events in the region and despite setbacks in certain respects – such as the coup in Egypt, Political Islam will continue to be influential in any reshaping of the MENA region, affecting developments not only in those countries and among those actors that blatantly experienced or participated in the 2011 uprisings, but also others, such as the those involved in the Palestinian struggle.

The next conference of the Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) – from 19 to 21 January in Pretoria – will harness the contributions of a diverse group of scholars to deliberate and debate some of these profound changes, with Political Islam as the central focus. Speakers include: Abdulkader Tayob, Abdullahi Gallab, Ashur Shamis, Azzam Tamimi, David Commins, Farid Esack, Hamid Bobboyi, Husnul Amin, Jocelyn Cesari, Joseph Alagha, Khaled Hroub, Larbi Sadiki, Nura Hossainzadeh, Salman Sayyid, Stig Hansen, Stephane Lacroix, Usamah Hamdan.

Departing from the usual tendency of conceptualising ‘Political Islam’ as a phenomenon that describes Islamic ideological groups that are social movements or political opposition groups, the conference will discuss Political Islam as various forms of Islamic legitimation of state power or political action. It will discuss not only Muslim political actors such as the Muslim Brotherhood, but also the ways in which ruling regimes – in Saudi Arabia, Iran and elsewhere – or proto-regimes such as the Islamic State group, mobilise Islam for their political thought and action. The conference will examine how various Muslim political actors understand their relationship to the issue of political power, and how they use Islam to legitimate this relationship.

Date: Evening of 19 January, full days 20 and 21 January 2015

Venue: Sheraton Pretoria Hotel


  1. 13 nat cheiman 19 Jan
    Coovadia, Hamdan etc. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. They profess to not hate the jews (some of my best friends are jewish). What utter tripe. They are the garden variety of scum that hates jews no matter what. The only people that believe this scum are anti semites and "you know who". Yemen, Lebenon, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, and wherever Islam thrives, is a sewage pit. The Arab countries are {Sorry, Nat, you can't say that here  -ED}. These 2 morons are too stupid to know and understand that the Islamic world will be swallowed by its own cannibalism. In fact, these 2 cretins are really proud of "you know who"and the countries that practice that religion. T G I am not an Arab or "the other". Our government legitimizes these thugs but what else can you expect?
  2. 12 abu mamzer 19 Jan
    will hji {Name changed to initials as 'Anon' posters may not make personal jibes at others - you are welcome to repost, "Mr/s Mamzer", under a real name and e-mail address  -ED} be there also?
    She works for the AMEC,nothing less than a front organization for the radical muslim brotherhood!
  3. 11 Mordechai 20 Jan
    And South Africa's Jewish community continues to be openly proud South Africans...waving the flag at every opportunity, supporting the sport teams, saying what proud S Africans they are...shame on every single one of you.
  4. 10 Jonni 20 Jan
    Lets organise some kosher cuisine for these narcissists and demagogues,with a wee dram of kiddush wine
  5. 9 Choni 20 Jan
    Mordechai, Exactly my sentiments.
    It starts with the chairman of the Board of SAJR.
  6. 8 Mordechai 20 Jan
    Nat, I agree with you re the SA government, but then if you look at their openly hatred toward Israel then you would agree that they are no different to Yemen, Lebenon, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, Iran, Hamas, Hesbullah and wherever Islam thrives.How any Jew can be a proud South African defies all logic and is shamefull
  7. 7 Choni 20 Jan
    Sadder still is the call by the chief Rabbinate to pray for the welfare of this government in all UOS synagogues every Shabbos. ( I myself have successfully persuaded our little shul from saying this prayer.). I feel it is akin to the Rabbinate in pre-war Germany making a similar prayer in shuls for the Nazi government.
  8. 6 jason iblis 20 Jan
    Is Heidi Jane Esakov still working for AMEC which is nothing less than a moslem brotherhood front organization,with suspicious sponsorship in the moslem world???
  9. 5 nat cheiman 20 Jan
    Yes too true. I did forget to mention that our government has fleas because it sleeps with dogs.
  10. 4 Mordechai 21 Jan
    Oh what. Choni I am dumb can this be. What is wrong with S African Jewry. Ever since the establishment of the new  S Africa it govnt has done everything in its power to aid the Arab world to destroy Israel, and this community tolerates this. Shame on them
  11. 3 Naftali Maman 21 Jan
    The Jews of South Africa are not safe. Don't be fooled by a few concrete barriers outside your shul. Get out while you can.
  12. 2 David Khumalo 28 Jan
    Some of these comments are stupid. South Africa is not a police state or a military dictatorship. The ANC government cannot be held responsible for who an NGO or a company invites for their conferences. And the comments encouraging Jews to 'get out while you can' is hateful and disgusting. There are few countries in the world where Jews are safer and able to thrive than in South Africa - not even in Israel. Jews thrived and received a favourable ear from the government in the Apartheid days, and they continue to do so under the ANC. SA Jews would be foolish to give this up!
  13. 1 Judith Yacov 29 Jan
    I can hardly wait to read the report of Hamdan's address in South Africa and hear his matzah recipe repeated.  The late USA Senator Daniel Moynihan had a saying about 'The Big Lie' that went something like, "repeat a lie often enough and it will eventually be accepted as being true."  


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