October 30, 2023

Hamas is Just Like ISIS, So the World Must Work to Destroy It

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by Hadeel Oueis, Senior Research Fellow

Failure to severely punish Hamas for its recent atrocities would only embolden other terrorist groups in the Middle East, such as Hezbollah and the Houthi movement.

In the shadow of the past’s cruel memories, I found myself gazing upon the horrific acts of Hamas unleashing terror upon innocent Jewish civilians in the cities near Gaza. As they dragged defenseless Israeli women toward their vehicles, their malevolent chants of “Allah Akbar” filled the air with fear. During that precise moment, I was overcome with an uncanny sense of déjà vu, as if I were being haunted by a ghost from my hometown Hasaka, in northeast Syria.

Less than a decade ago, in the dark days of ISIS’s emergence, the Syriac Christian community, a Syrian minority that I belong to, witnessed the systematic abduction and slaughter of countless civilians. The haunting echoes of those memories resonated as I watched the news of Hamas attacks against Israeli cities near Gaza, and heard the stories from my Israeli friends about their loved ones who were killed or kidnapped by Hamas.

From what I’ve seen and heard, both in Syria in 2013 and Israel in 2023, I can definitely say that Hamas, the other side of the ISIS coin, has torn open yet another deep wound in the annals of Islamist jihadist atrocities.