Hamas (Arabic: حماس Ḥamās, an acronym of حركة المقاومة الاسلامية Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah Islamic Resistance Movement) is a Palestinian Islamic organization, with an associated military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in thePalestinian territories and elsewhere in the Middle East … Continue reading →
Hamas (Arabic: ????? ?am?s, an acronym of ???? ???????? ????????? ?arakat al-Muq?wamah al-?Isl?miyyah Islamic Resistance Movement) is a Palestinian Islamic organization, with an associated military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in thePalestinian territories and elsewhere in the Middle East including Qatar. Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by theEuropean Union, Canada, Israel, Egypt, Japan, and the United States. Australia and the United Kingdom have designated the military wing of Hamas, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, as a terrorist organization. The organization is banned in Jordan. It is not regarded as a terrorist organization by Iran, Russia, Norway, Switzerland,Brazil, Turkey, China, and Qatar.
Hamas was founded sometime in 1988 soon after the First Intifada broke out, as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which in its Gaza branch had been non-confrontational towards Israel, refrained from resistance, and was hostile to the PLO. Co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated in 1987, and the Hamas Charter affirmed in 1988, that Hamas was founded to liberate Palestine, including modern-day Israel, from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The group has later stated that it may accept a 10-year truce if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders and allows Palestinian refugees from 1948, as well as their descendants, to return to what is now Israel.
How can a bunch of Europeans and Newyorkeres claim self defense while attacking Palestinians in Palestine? Actually they do not. The Israeli government states more or less bluntly, depending on the audience, that it is its sacred duty and right … Continue reading →
How can a bunch of Europeans and Newyorkeres claim self defense while attacking Palestinians in Palestine? Actually they do not. The Israeli government states more or less bluntly, depending on the audience, that it is its sacred duty and right to ethnic clean Palestine of Palestinians. It is apologetic outsiders that cry self defense.
The Times of Israel published and then removed from its site an essay by Yochanan Gordon that openly called for genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza. A cached version is still on the internet as of this writing.
Gordon’s logic, if one wants to dignify it with that term, is that Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel, and therefore the only way to deal with them is to obliterate them entirely. He used the words “obliterate entirely.”
Nor is he alone. Israel nationalists have been arguing for war crimes at an alarming rate.
Hamas is a party-militia of the religious right. It does say it wants to see the Israeli government overthrown. Its leaders don’t, however, speak of committing genocide against Israelis. They say they want to recover their country, which was stolen from them by the Israelis in 1948. Colonial regimes always produce resistance movements.
The fact is that Hamas was supported by Israeli intelligence in the 1980s as a foil to the PLO, so Shin Bet and Mossad don’t seem to have been worried by the party charter.