Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I accept a Palestinian state according to 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital, with the right to return.”

“Israel-Hamas Cease Fire; Interview with Hamas Political Leader Khaled Meshaal,” CNN, Nov. 21, 2012

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Description:

“Hamas means zeal, and is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement. Hamas is a Palestinian Islamic organization established in 1987 during the first Intifada, and is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood…

The group operates mainly in the Gaza strip and the West Bank, and boasts tens of thousands of supporters throughout Palestine…

Hamas operates mosques, schools, clinics, and social programs but is best known in the West for its military wing, which has carried out numerous heroic resistance attacks against the Zionist occupiers of Palestine.

The military wing is divided into two main groups with several components to each. The Palestinian Holy Fighters (Al-Majahadoun Al-Falestinioun) are responsible for armed attacks against Zionist targets, mainly in northern areas of the Gaza strip. An important faction of this group is the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Squads, which is responsible for a majority of resistance activities.”

Hamas website (accessed Feb. 13, 2005)

Mission:

“Hamas strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine, for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are concerned.”

Hamas website (accessed Feb. 13, 2005)

Other:
Islamic Resistance Movement, Palestinian Political Party