“Overheard” is a new column of quotes and occasional commentary that is being published by Hamodia each Wednesday. The first offering is below.
“I know [Hamas] well. They have no relation to Islam, from their highest ranking sheikh to the youngest of them. Many Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, asked me to marginalize Hamas and were opposed to my reconciliation deal with it.”
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, to the emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during a meeting in Doha, according to the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. Mr. Abbas also confided to Mr. al-Thani that Hamas tried to assassinate him in 2006.
(He should have taken his friends’ advice.)
“We Germans will never forget this.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, recalling how Nazi Germany started a world war that resulted in the deaths of millions and resulted in her country’s reluctance to enter into conflict. In the case of ISIS, though, she continued, she believed her government had to make an exception, and deliver weapons to Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq.
(Who’d have thought that German militarism would ever be cheer-worthy?)
“What a world we live in.”
CNN host Brian Stelter, incredulous, to his audience after curtly dismissing his guest, British Muslim activist Anjem Choudair. Mr. Choudair had defended choosing “9-11” when asked to count numbers for a studio sound-check, telling his host “Well, you know if you had a sense of humor, maybe you would have laughed.”
(Welcome to reality, Brian. Stick around a bit.)
“When they asked me questions about the Holocaust, because they hadn’t heard about it, it was very difficult to respond as a professor without getting emotional.”
Dov Waxman, a Jewish professor of political science, recalling his first teaching job in Ankara, Turkey, at the beginning of the Second Intifada
(“…hadn’t heard about it…” As Brian Stelter said, “What a world we live in.”)
“On Sunday, there was a rally in London to protest something I never thought would need protesting in modern Britain: the rise of anti-Semitism.
Historian and Daily Telegraph (London) columnist Timothy Stanley
(Actually, it needs considerably more than protesting.)
“It could be seen as provocative in some parts in Brooklyn if it was parked in certain areas, I guess. It doesn’t really bother me too much.”
Unidentified Brooklyn resident, when asked by the New York Daily News for a reaction to a license plate “HAMMAS” on a black Dodge in the Bay Ridge neighborhood. The car also sports a Palestinian flag.
(“All it takes for evil to prevail…”)
“LOL And how much is it in spare parts? Check and see if you can get kidneys or livers there is demand.”
A supporter of ISIS, responding in a tweet to a like-minded person who had tweeted that Yazidi captured by the group were available for purchase as slaves for anywhere between $180 and $350.
(Hearts, however, they have little use for.)
“With love to Mom, from Avram. Lodz Ghetto. March, 1943”
Inscription on an amulet made from two old coins, found in the ghetto’s ruins by a Polish man whose heirs turned it over to the Shem Olam Institute for Education, Documentation and Research on Faith and the Holocaust, located in Kfar Haroeh in Israel. The amulet was apparently intended to be a keepsake in the event its creator were to be murdered by the Nazis.
“We appear before you today, after having lost our dearest beloved, who was loved by young and old alike – the famous puppet, who angered the enemy for many, many years… the heroic martyr Muhammad Al-Arir, who would put a smile on the faces of children…”
The moderator of a recent episode of the Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV channel’s “Pioneers of Tomorrow” children’s show, paying tribute to the actor behind the giant bee character Nahoul, who was killed in the Gaza war. Nahoul famously encouraged a boy from Jenin to attack his Jewish neighbors and “turn their faces into tomatoes,” and encouraged a little girl to follow her dream to become a policewoman so that she could “shoot the Jews.” Nahoul asked her with a smile, “All of them?” and then, when receiving an affirmative answer, replied “good.”
(The only good malevolent giant bee…)
“He told them he was sick and didn’t want to eat.”
A fellow hostage of journalist Stephen Sotloff, H”yd, murdered by ISIS terrorists, describing how Mr. Sotloff managed to fast on Yom Kippur while in captivity.
(Yesh koneh olamo bisho’oh achas…)
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