Before the Sandman took hold last night, we managed to dive into the first few pages of Lawrence Wright’s New Yorker piece on last January’s war in Gaza. It’s a topic we know little about, and so we were genuinely surprised by a passing mention regarding the paranoia of Hamas. According to Wright, the organization’s stated enemies include none other than the Lions Club, which Hamas considers a major backer of Zionism.
This struck as an exaggeration—how could anyone feel threatened by a bunch of do-gooding old-timers in yellow vests? But sure enough, Article Twenty-Two of the Hamas Convention lays it all out:
For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Hamas’s anti-Lions sentiment can be traced back to a noted Holocaust denier, who is apparently as daft as The Simpsons Mr. Burns during his Howard Hughes phase.
While we have little doubt the Lions are a pro-Western group, we really can’t see them having the evil streak required to plot the destruction of Islam. No, only the Shriners are capable of such menace.