German-Egyptian Intellectual Dr. Hamed Abdel-Samad said that Hamas does not build bomb shelters for its civilian population in Gaza, because it needs dead children to keep its cause alive. He made these remarks in an interview that was posted on Ayman Agamy on YouTube on 16, 2021. Dr. Abdel-Samad said that if it were only Hamas leaders that died, Hamas would garner no world sympathy. He continued to say that Palestinians no longer have any say about their cause, adding that it has become a "regional cause." Dr. Abdel-Samad explained that today, it is Hamas, Iran, Hizbullah, and "sometimes" Qatar who call the shots regarding the Palestinian cause.
On May 12, 2021, he said on the same YouTube channel that "Hamas has turned the Palestinians into beggars." Dr. Abdel-Samad asked where the aid money to Palestinians went. He further said that Fatah leaders live in villas and palaces, they stole from their people, and did not invest in their freedom and education. He added that they have left their people with the choice between martyrdom or begging. Dr. Abdel-Samad said that if the tables were turned and the Arabs had been victorious, Israel would not have existed, it would have vanished. He continued to give the example of Germany's defeat in World War II. He said that no one tried to justify Nazism or fascism after the war, and the Germans recognized that Nazism was a "disease that harmed Germany" and decided to cooperate with the occupiers.
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Hamed Abdel-Samad: "Hamas has turned the Palestinians into beggars. Where did all the money go? I would like Fatah and Hamas to explain to the Palestinians where all this money went? [Imagine] what could have been done with it. Why wasn't it invested in good education, instead of making children TV shows that teach them martyrdom and suicide? Why do all the leaders of Fatah have villas, palaces, and a lot of money? They stole from their people and did not invest in their freedom, in their educations, and in their self confidence. They left their people only with the choice between martyrdom or begging for money.
"Israel is preparing plans for its victory saying that it will impose on its own terms, and that the defeated side will have to accept them. First of all, I do not need to tell you what would have happened if it was the other way around. If the Arabs were the victorious side, and had the same power and economy that Israel has, Israel would not have existed. It would have vanished.
"What happened after Germany was defeated in WWII? Nobody said that Nazism was a very natural thing since the Germans felt humiliated and they had to rise up. Nobody tried to justify fascism. They admitted that fascism was a disease that harmed Germany and brought it upon this tragedy and these wars. In addition, we must cooperate with these occupiers, who took lands from Germany and distributed them between several European countries, and see what their conditions would be. America presented the Marshall Plan for the recovery of Germany, and told them: 'Do this, and that. The education must change, there must be no hatred towards France, remove certain things from your education system.' [And Germany said:] 'Yes, sir!' They did the same thing with Japan, [ad Japan said:] 'Yes, sir!' It took them some time to recover, but see where Japan and Europe are today. It is also a matter of mentality. It is not only who is occupying you, but how you respond to the occupation.
"Why isn't Hamas building bomb shelters for the people [of Gaza]? Nobody is asking this question. Because Hamas needs victims, it needs children to die in order to keep its cause alive. If Gaza was destroyed and only the leaders of Hamas died, the world would stop sympathizing with this cause. It would be over. So why isn't Hamas building bunkers for the children, instead of letting them die in order to present them in shameful pictures – pictures that violate children's rights even after they are dead – and say 'our children are dying?' Didn't you foresee this when you decided to launch rockets at Israel? Is this something new for you? This scenario repeats itself, and every time children die. It is a very strange thing and the world cannot understand that some people have emptied the Palestinian cause from its just content, and turned it into nothing more than a regional conflict.
"Moreover, the Palestinians themselves no longer have a say regarding their cause, while Iran, Hamas, Hizbullah, and sometimes Qatar, are the ones that call the shots on the ground. Look who stands to gain in the end: Netanyahu will strengthen his rule in Israel, Hamas will receive aid from Europe and from the Gulf countries, and Iran will strengthen its position in the negotiations. And who stands to lose and nothing will change in the situation of their position? The Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank."