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Al Jazeera: The story of Hamas and its fight for Palestine
By Curt_Anderson
October 11, 2023 11:09 am
Category: History

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From its inception, Hamas has chosen armed resistance in its efforts to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation.

The Palestinian armed group, Hamas, takes its name from an Arabic acronym that, in English, stands for ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’. Hamas is also an Arabic word for ‘zeal’.

Its roots trace back to the late 1970s, when activists established charities, clinics and schools in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, after Israel occupied both in 1967.

Hamas was formally established in December 1987 by Sheik Ahmad Yassin after the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising known as the first Intifada.

The following year, Hamas declared that liberating Palestine from Israeli occupation was every Muslim’s religious duty.

Hamas carried out its first attack against Israel in 1989, abducting and killing two soldiers, leading to Israel’s arrest of Yassin. Yassin would be released in 1997, in exchange for Mossad agents who had tried to assassinate Hamas’s political bureau chief, Khaled Meshaal, in Jordan.

Hamas entered politics in 2005, and won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections the next year, beating its rival Fatah. But the two parties could not work together — Hamas favouring armed resistance, Fatah preferring to negotiate.

A year later, disagreements between them led to an armed conflict that would end with Hamas in charge of Gaza, while Fatah held the West Bank.

Today, both the European Union and the United States classify Hamas as a terrorist organisation, while others see it as a resistance movement.

Over the years, Hamas’s reliance on armed resistance has ebbed and flowed, but it has remained committed to its fight for Palestinian self-determination.


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Comments on "Al Jazeera: The story of Hamas and its fight for Palestine":

  1. by oldedude on October 11, 2023 12:34 pm
    I know, next you'll be asking TASS for a history of the Russians and Ukraine.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on October 11, 2023 12:35 pm

    Good'ne, OD good'ne.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on October 11, 2023 12:44 pm
    OD,
    You don't think that Al Jazeera, a Qatari state-owned news service, offers an interesting perspective? I found it interesting that Hamas won a landslide parliamentary election beating rival Fatah. Hamas favored armed resistance, Fatah preferred to negotiate.




  4. by HatetheSwamp on October 11, 2023 1:00 pm

    Curt,

    C'mon man. It was a good joke. Admit it. You humorless progressives... Sheeeeeeesh!

    Having chortled, I've been impressed with AL Jazeera for years. It's a far higher standard of actual journalism than any American source, including your Holy Trinity... and anything on the American right.

    Still, c'mon man. Crack a smile... just once!


  5. by oldedude on October 11, 2023 1:07 pm
    And I've said that it's one of the news agencies that I watch. I also know what their views are. It IS like asking TASS to report on the Ukranian war. That's who's side they'll always be on.

    That said, they always have an interesting view of the world.


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