Canada-Based Pro-Al-Qaeda Cleric: 'Hamas Leaders Should Be Tried On Charges Of Paving The Way For Genocide In Gaza'

February 1, 2024

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On January 31, 2024, Egyptian pro-Al-Qaeda cleric Tariq Abdulhaleem called for Hamas leaders to be prosecuted for facilitating what he called "genocide in Gaza."

If There Were Any Justice, Hamas Leaders Would Be Tried For Enabling Genocide In Gaza

Abdulhaleem, who was born in Cairo, Egypt, resides in Ontario's city of Mississauga, Canada. He accused the Hamas leadership in a Telegram post[1] of "paving the way for genocide in Gaza" by launching the October 7 attack on Israel: "If there were any justice, wisdom, and insight, Sinwar and the Hamas leadership would all be tried on charges of paving the way for genocide in Gaza," he wrote.

In the cleric's view, Hamas did not properly consider the "capabilities, resources, and partners" that were necessary to execute the attack. As a result, the attack has come at the expense of "all of Palestine," he said.

It was "an incident which has cost all of Palestine, displacing a quarter of its population and killing tens of thousands of its people without any real, tangible result on the ground," he noted, adding that there had been "no release of prisoners, no liberation of Jerusalem, no preservation of Al-Aqsa, no lifting of the siege on Gaza, not even a two-state solution, nor recognition of the right of return – not anything at all excerpt for the losses which would be expected from an attack of this size to destroy the [Gaza] strip entirely."

Iran And Hizbullah Have Abandoned And Embarrassed Hamas

Abdulhaleem blamed the attack's failure on the Hamas leadership and on the group's regional backers, which "abandoned them" after October 7. He concluded: "The dogs of the deceivers," he said of Hamas, "continue to thank Persian Iran and the party of the Gods [Hizbullah], who abandoned them and embarrassed them! May Allah bring you together with those you love."


[1] Telegram, January 31, 2024.

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