In a statement posted on IUMS’ website on the occasion of welcoming Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh into the organization in February 2012, the organization declared that “the Union will spare no effort in the service of the Palestinian cause, praising the jihad of the Palestinian people and led by Hamas to resistance,” according to a translation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
For his part, Haniyeh declared during his induction, “Resistance is the way and the strategic option for the Liberation of Palestine and the restoration of the land. The people have tried negotiations and did not achieve anything, which cemented our conviction that Jihad is the most effective way of liberation,” according to a translation by the Investigative Project.
While Bin Bayyah says he opposes terrorism, he has at the same time sought to distinguish between Palestinian terrorism and terrorism perpetrated by groups like al Qaeda.
“[P]lacing the Palestinian resistance, which defends internationally recognized rights, on an equal footing with intercontinental terrorist organizations not based on any moral principle, would be detrimental to the cause of the fight against terrorism and mix the cards,” Bin Bayyah declared on his website, according to a translation by the Investigative Project.
Bin Bayyah has also said that Muslims should only enter into dialogue with the “small group of Jews in the world who have a humanistic approach” and who oppose the existence of the State of Israel, or as he put it, the “Zionist project in the region.”
“The Muslims have to distinguish between dialogue with the Jews transgressing on our land and holy places, and the Jews opposing this occupation,” he has said. “That is, there is a small group of Jews in the world who have a humanistic approach. This group stands strongly against the Israeli occupation and the Zionist project in the region. Hence, there is no harm in opening a channel of constructive dialogue with them to the interest of the Muslims.”