Syndicated Columnist Gwynne Dyer Attempts To Draw Moral Equivalence Between Israel And Hamas, A Genocidal Islamic Terrorist Group

If readers of London-based syndicated columnist Gwynne Dyer are looking to be entertained by his regular concoction of nonsensical anti-Israel propaganda and cockamamie conspiracy theories, then his latest screed will surely not disappoint.

Dyer’s May 13 column entitled: “Thought experiment: buying the Palestinians out?,” which was published in The Hill Times, The Orangeville Citizen, The Hamilton Spectator, and The Saltwire network, attempted to create a moral equivalence between Israel, a liberal democratic state with equal rights for all minority rights, and Hamas, the Gaza-based genocidal Islamic terrorist organization dedicated to Israel’s violent destruction.

The thrust of Dyer’s column priced out a hypothetical suggestion made by a reader to pay Palestinians to leave the region in order to promote peace, which Dyer called “an ultimate holocaust.”

Nevertheless, before long, Dyer pivoted to a favourite rhetorical ploy used by anti-Israel activists: moral relativism.

In his commentary, Dyer wrote that “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the various leaders of Hamas have spent the past 30 years trying to kill” chances of a “two-state solution.”

While Netanyahu is a vocal opponent of a Palestinian state, under his leadership, Israel has not carried out a genocide, despite ignorant claims to the contrary. Hamas, by extreme contrast and by design, deliberately murders innocent people as part of its campaign to destroy Israel in its entirety.

On October 7, thousands of Hamas terrorists invaded Israel and carried out a campaign of wanton torture, rape, murder, dismemberment of bodies and kidnappings. Putting the perpetrators of those actions in the same category with Benjamin Netanyahu because of his opposition to a Palestinian state is indefensible, but fully in line with Dyer’s long history of moral relativism.

Dyer wrote that “it’s never just about the money. It’s about tradition and neighbourhood and a sense of place. For many in this part of the world, it’s also about deep religious hatreds and big historical grievances. You can’t just buy your way out of all that.”

While there is undoubtedly a diverse range of views from Israelis on the matter of a potential Palestinian state, Dyer’s assertion that a main sticking point is about “deep religious hatreds” is simply deceptive.

Israel is a secular state governed by the rule of law, not Jewish law. Hamas, however, could not be more different. The terrorist organization, along with other Iranian-backed groups like Lebanon-based Hezbollah (Arabic for Party of God) and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), is thoroughly infused with Islamic theology, seeing their war with Israel not as a battle over real estate, but over religion.

A cursory glance at Hamas’ founding charter makes no attempt to hide their fealty to Islamic radicalism, writing that it “aspires to the realization of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take.”

In one particularly chilling excerpt from Hamas’ charter, the terrorist group quoted the Koran, writing that “the Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

Gwynne Dyer’s latest column, where he cited “religious hatreds” as a cause of the conflict in the Middle East, is perhaps a step better than other commentators who have sought to whitewash Hamas’ Islamic ideology in its entirety. Nonetheless, Dyer’s May 13 column represented a cynical and factually baseless attempt to draw a moral equivalence between Israel and the genocidal terrorist group, Hamas.

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