Mahmoud Al-Zahar, who is a member of Hamas's political bureau, said in a December 8, 2022 conference organized by the Al-Quds International Institution in Gaza that the Jews had been banished from everywhere in the world to Palestine in order to harm and weaken the "historic Islamic movement" in the region. He also referred to Ukraine as a "Jewish" country, and he questioned whether the U.S. will defend "the Israeli entity" when the Quranic "promise of the Hereafter" comes to pass. The conference was broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza).
Mahmoud Al-Zahar: "There isn't a single country in the world that has not banished the Jews. Show me a single country in history from which the Jews were not banished. They were banished to Palestine only in order to harm the historic Islamic movement in this region, to make it weak, so that it will forever remain unable to keep its land.
"So who says that the Jews have a right to our land? Are these people the followers of the prophets who were sent to the Israelites? They have nothing to do with them. This Zionist movement that has nothing to do with religion. It exploited the Jewish religion in order to achieve its goals. Who amongst them is religious? Who amongst them practices his Judaism?
"The three waves of coronavirus that have swept the world have weakened all the means of support for the Israeli entity – including America. America is unable to defend Ukraine, that big Jewish country bordering Eastern Europe. It is unable to defend it. So when the promise of the Hereafter comes to pass, will the U.S. defend the Israeli entity? There is a big question mark over that. I believe it won't."