Hamas Directs Foreign Muslims To Israeli Targets

20 June 2003


The two British Muslims who were involved in the bombing at Mikes
Place were dispatched to perpetrate the attack by the Hamas military
command in the Gaza Strip.

The two British Muslims - Asif Hanif and Omar Khan Sharif - who were
involved in the 30.4.2003 suicide bombing at Mikes Place in Tel Aviv
were dispatched to perpetrate the attack by the Hamas military
command in the Gaza Strip.

The dispatching of foreign Muslims by Hamas to perpetrate attacks
against Israel constitutes a dramatic and strategic turning point
from Hamas point-of-view.

Such a step means that Hamas is, in effect, ideologically toeing the
line with global jihad organizations, led by Al-Qaeda, which have
declared total war on whoever is not a Muslim and even against those
Muslims who cooperate with the West.

Despite this turning point, Hamas decided not to accept
responsibility for the Mikes place attack, apparently due to the
possible ramifications that this might have vis-?-vis its image, and
because this would reveal its true ideological face as an
organization that is not fighting for its freedom on its land (on
Islamic Waqf lands, as per its claims) but in order to achieve its
dream of a United State of Islam encompassing the entire world.

This aspiration naturally sees countries such as Israel, the USA and
the nations of Western Europe as enemies, but also sees the Arab
states, African countries and the Palestinian Authority as enemies
since these are seen both as collaborators with the West and its
culture, and as endangering Islam, according to the fundamentalists.

The Israel Security Agency is now examining suspicions regarding
possible cooperation in the Mikes Place attack between Hamas and Al-
Qaeda. It should be pointed out that such ties have been exposed in
the past, including with Hamas in the Gaza Strip; however, until the
present, no direct operative cooperation in order to perpetrate
joint attacks has been revealed.

The ISA investigation is continuing.