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Monday, May 22, 2017

Quora is a popular website where people ask questions and other people answer them. It claims 100 million monthly users.

A week ago, someone asked: "How do I join the Hamas?"

"I’m Muslim and I wanna go Jihad. How do i join Hamas to fight against Zionist invaders?"

Such a simple question!

There are plenty of not-so-serious answers and a couple of people chiding the questioner for thinking that this was a smart idea.

Is the questioner serious or is this a practical joke?

Using the term "the Hamas" doesn't help us much. Although colloquially, almost no one uses the article "the" with Hamas, it is accurate: Hamas is an acronym for "Islamic Resistance Movement" ("Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia") but is also an Arabic word meaning "courage." The questioner, if he or she is serious, uses the article in the title but uses "Hamas" without the "the" in the question.

The question has been viewed 11,000 times.

Why Quora thinks that someone asking to join an official terror group is something that should be posted on its site is an open question.  Taken at face value, Quora is supporting potential - if incredibly stupid -  terrorists.

The query does dovetail nicely with Donald Trump listing Hamas as a terror organization along with Al Qaeda and ISIS yesterday, something that upset Hamas greatly as it has been on a PR push to pretend to be moderate within the Arab and Muslim worlds, since it is suffering a cash crunch. (I doubt that our curious wanna-be Hamasnik has the cash that they would prefer; they have lots of people willing to kill themselves already.)

(h/t @theadamsegal)

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