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Israel’s inherent sense of racial superiority will backfire one day 

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Hamas did a rare thing this week; it issued a press release contradicting one of its top officials, Fathi Hammad, who called for the killing of Jews everywhere in the world. Hammad had to backtrack on his comments and issue a press release of his own in which he stressed his commitment to the official position of the movement, which is to limit its efforts to resisting Israel’s occupation of the land of Palestine. “Our struggle is not with Jews elsewhere or with Judaism as a religion,” insisted the Islamic Resistance Movement. “Hamas has condemned and continues to condemn any attacks against Jews and their places of worship worldwide.”

Hammad, who is known for his fiery rhetoric, was commenting on an Israeli army sniper’s killing of Mahmoud Al-Adham. The 28-year-old border guard was shot while he was trying to prevent some Palestinian protesters from getting too close to the nominal border fence erected by the Israeli authorities. Egyptian mediators have been shuttling between Israel and Gaza to de-escalate tension between the two sides for months now. The killing was a major blow to these efforts.

The Israeli army does not want military escalation with the Palestinians in Gaza while war with Iran is still a possibility. A spokesperson said that the shooting of Al-Adham was a mistake, and the army will open an investigation. Although no investigation has been initiated, many Israeli commentators criticised the military and viewed its statement as a kind of apology to what they call a “terrorist” organisation. The reasoning was clearly this: why should any Israeli apologise for killing........

© Middle East Monitor