Recently, Humza Chowdhry wrote a guest commentary in the Mustang Daily lambasting Zionism. Before enumerating some of the good things that Hamas does, he assured his readers that “Jewish people aren’t the problem; Zionism is.” I would like to invite Mustang Daily readers to read what Hamas actually stands for by reading their charter. You can find it on the Web at There is an introduction and 36 articles.

In the introduction you will find: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it…”; “Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious.”

In Article 7: “The Day of Judgement (sic) will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews)…”; (Humza: Didn’t you say the Jews are not the problem?).

In Article 13: “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals, and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

Article 17: “…their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs …”

Article 22: “With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions, and others … for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests.” (Humza: How come the Kiwanis are left out of this distinguished list? Please alert Hamas that I belong to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Nipomo!)

Articles 22 & 28 also blame the Jews for the French Revolution, the Communist Revolution, World War I, The League of Nations, World War II, The United Nations, the drug trade and alcoholism “in all its kinds.”

In Article 32 it says, “Their plan is embodied in the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’… ” Humza, don’t you know that this document is a fraud? Only ignorant or deluded people believe that this document is bonafide. Let me challenge you to find an instructor in Cal Poly’s history department that will stand up and say that either the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” or the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” is not a fraudulent document. Bet you can’t do it.

Gary Epstein

Emeritus professor of mathematics

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