Posted by: Morton A. Klein
January 31, 2012

ZOA Condemns Jordan Meeting with Nazi-Like Hamas, Permitting Hamas Officials to Move to Jordan


The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has condemned Jordan for meeting with a delegation of officials from Hamas, a U.S. and E.U. recognized terrorist organization that calls in its Charter for the destruction of Israel (Article 15) and the worldwide murder of Jews (Article 7). In recent weeks, Jordan has also permitted officials from the Nazi-like Hamas to quietly re-establish themselves in Amman. The Hamas delegation was led by Khaled Meshaal, head of the Hamas political bureau that has been based in Damascus, and including his deputy, Mousa Abu Marzook, who arrived in Amman with the Crown Prince of Qatar, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and met with Jordanian King Abdullah (‘Stephen Farrell, ‘Hamas Leader Takes Rare Trip to Jordan,’ New York Times, January 29, 2012).


This was the first official visit to Jordan by Hamas leaders since the group’s former headquarters in Amman were shut down by the Jordanian government in 1999. The 1999 shut-down occurred only after a campaign launched by the ZOA against the presence of the Hamas office in Jordan.


ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “Jordan’s King Abdullah has recently expressed concern for Arab/Israeli peace-making. He is therefore under an obligation to explain how peace-making is compatible with letting into the country Hamas, which seeks to annihilate one of the parties to the conflict and murder every Jew.


“Would Abdullah regard it as a contribution to peace in Cambodia to offer safe haven to officials of the Khmer Rouge?


“One cannot sign a peace agreement with the Jewish state of Israel and at the same time host a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel and the worldwide murder of Jews. If Israel hosted the leaders of a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Jordan and the murder of Jordanians, would Amman find this acceptable?”