Asked by Anonymous
Because he would rather protect his sexist, ignorant friends than be a good role model for his fans.
If you want to know what Liam is currently ranting about, it’s me.
This Rosh Hashana, I sat in shul and listened as our Rabbi gave a non-traditional New Year’s dvar. Normally, on Rosh Hashana, rabbis deliver uplifting, hopeful sermons, but this year, our Rabbi said he could not do that in light of what happened this summer. Instead, we reflected on the Akedah (story of the binding of Isaac) in light of the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frankel, Mohammad Abu Khdeir, and all of the Israeli and Palestinian children who lost both their lives and their innocence this summer. My Rabbi and congregation devoted our Rosh Hashana prayers to the idea that we will work this year toward making the world a peaceful place so that we stop sacrificing our children — Muslim or Jewish — the way G-d stopped Abraham from sacrificing Isaac. We meditated on the idea that the sacrifice of a child is never justified, not even if it is something that we might think G-d is asking of us. We prayed for peace in the Middle East, and we prayed that children in the land of Israel, whether Israeli or Palestinian, will grow up in peace and live to old age.
I am very disheartened to return to Tumblr after Rosh Hashana to see many One Direction fans who are protesting The Daily Show’s joke about One Direction and terrorist groups also claim that Hamas should not have been included in that list.
Hamas is a terrorist organization, and it is very upsetting to me how quickly people on Tumblr forget this. Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization by Australia, Canada, Egypt, the European Union, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is the type of organization that, like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, calls for jihad and self-sacrifice to achieve its aims. It teaches Palestinian children from a young age to fight to the death to cleanse Israel of all Jews.
If Hamas is not a terrorist organization, then tell me what this is:
Article 8 of the Hamas Charter: “Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.”
Article 13 of the Hamas Charter: “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. … There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
"The annihilation of the Jews here in Palestine is one of the most splendid blessings for Palestine. This will be followed by a greater blessing, Allah be praised, with the establishment of a Caliphate that will rule the land and will be pleasing to men and God." - Hamas cleric Muhsen Abu ‘Ita