October 25, 2023 Special Dispatch No. 10904

For Hamas Leadership, Beheading Is A Recommended Practice

October 25, 2023
Palestinians | Special Dispatch No. 10904

The horrors carried out by Hamas murderers in communities in southern Israel on October 7, 2023 included the beheading of adults and children. Confronted with harsh reactions to their atrocities, the Hamas leadership denied that the perpetrators were the organization's own men whom they had proudly sent on a mission to kill Jews. They claimed that Hamas never does such things, and that the atrocities were committed by Gazan mobsters who had followed Hamas units into Israel.

However, in 2019 and again in 2021, MEMRI called attention to Hamas's atrocities by publishing two translated video clips showing that for Hamas, slaughtering Jews is a practice that is acceptable – and even recommended.

Fathi Hamad, Hamas political bureau member and former Hamas interior minister in Gaza, said in a public address that aired on Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV on July 12, 2019: "We will not die of starvation. If we die, it will be while we are killing you and cutting off your heads, Allah willing. […] There are Jews everywhere! We must attack every Jew on Planet Earth – we must slaughter and kill them, with Allah's help [...] If we die, we die – but we will die with honor, while attacking, and not while retreating! We will die while exploding and cutting the necks and legs of the Jews! We will lacerate them and tear them to pieces, Allah willing." (emphasis MEMRI's)

Two years later, on May 7, 2021, Hammad reiterated this threat in another public address, also aired on Al-Aqsa TV: "People of Jerusalem, we want you to cut off the heads of the Jews with knives. With your hand, cut their artery from here [indicating the place]  [...] Buy a knife, sharpen it, put it there, and just cut off [their heads]. It costs just five shekels. With those five shekels, you will humiliate the Jewish state."

Below are these two MEMRI TV clips of Fathi Hamad making these statements, from 2019 and 2021.

Senior Hamas Official Fathi Hammad Calls On Palestinians All Over The World To Kill Jews By "Cutting The[ir] Necks And Legs" – July 12, 2019

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Senior Hamas Official Fathi Hammad To Palestinians In Jerusalem: Buy 5-Shekel Knives And Cut Off The Heads Of The Jews – May 7, 2021

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