Egyptian Activist Wael Ghonim
Egyptian Activist Wael Ghonim: Khaled Mashal, Ismail Haniyeh, and Khalil Al-Hayyah Should Go to Gaza and Wage Jihad; Would the Prophet Muhammad Hide in the Tunnels like Yahya Sinwar and Let the Common People Be Killed?
Khaled Mashal, Ismail Haniyeh, and Khalil Al-Hayyah Should Go to Gaza and Wage Jihad
The activist asks “Would the Prophet Muhammad Hide in the Tunnels like Yahya Sinwar and Let the Common People Be Killed?“
What he means is that while the leaders of Hamas become richer and more powerful everyday, living outside Gaza and filling their pockets, the people of Gaza live in poverty and are used as human shields and tools of propaganda in their terror war on Israel.
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Born in 1956 in the Silwad neighborhood of Ramallah, Khaled Mashal moved with his family to Kuwait following the Six-Day War in 1967. In Kuwait, he became politically active, particularly among Islamist Palestinians at Kuwait University, where he challenged the dominance of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization on the university campus. Mashal played a significant role in Hamas, becoming the leader of its Kuwaiti branch after the organization’s founding in 1987. He eventually rose to the position of head of Hamas’ political bureau, a role he held from 1996 until 2017. He became the primary leader of Hamas following the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
Ismail Haniyeh was born on January 29, 1962, in the Al-Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He became involved with Hamas during his time at the Islamic University of Gaza, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic literature in 1987. Haniyeh has held several significant positions within Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. He was a senior leader in Hamas and served as the personal secretary of the founding leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Following Yassin’s assassination in 2004, Haniyeh continued to climb the ranks, eventually becoming the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority (2006–07) and of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip (2007–14). As of 2023, he is living in Qatar and serves as the current chairman of Hamas’s political bureau.
Khalil Al-Hayyah, born in 1960 in Gaza, is a prominent figure within Hamas. He has been a member of Hamas’s Politburo and the deputy head of Hamas’s regional politburo in Gaza since 2017. His political involvement includes heading the group’s ‘Jerusalem Is Our Promise’ list for the cancelled May 2021 legislative elections. Al-Hayyah has been influential in the internal politics of Hamas. In 2017, he was elected deputy leader of the group’s Gaza politburo during Hamas’s internal elections, which also saw Yahya Sinwar being elected as the overall political chief in the Gaza Strip, replacing Ismail Haniyeh.
These three individuals have played critical roles in the political landscape of the Palestinian territories, particularly in relation to Hamas and its activities.