Magazine article The Spectator

Lie of the Land

Magazine article The Spectator

Lie of the Land

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Sir: In the past few weeks Hamas has shown itself to be a merciless, power-hungry organisation with little interest in the well-being of its own people, let alone that of its Jewish neighbours, so Dr Hamad must be laughing into his cup of Earl Grey tea at the ease with which he has manipulated Clemency BurtonHill ('Tea with Hamas', 16 June). Her naivety is breathtaking, as is her willingness to pass on his fanciful assertions to the rest of us without challenge.

It would not take much research to show Hamas for what it is: a fundamentalist Muslim organisation which gets its money and its orders from Iran. In Dr Hamad's Promised Land, women like Clemency Burton-Hill have no place outside the kitchen and the breeding chamber.

Like Dr Goebbels, the Hamas leadership has learnt that the bigger the lie, the greater the willingness of some to accept it for the truth. …

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