Last Updated: Jan 15 2009 - Able2Act


Fact Sheet for HAMAS

Description: HAMAS formed in late 1987 at the beginning of the first Palestinian Intifada (uprising). Its roots are in the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and it is supported by a robust social/political structure inside the Palestinian territories. HAMAS has used various forms of violence, including high-profile terrorist attacks against Israeli civilian targets, designed to disrupt peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials and prevent agreements aimed at ending the conflict. The group?s charter calls for establishing an Islamic Palestinian state in place of Israel and rejects all agreements made between the PLO and Israel. More recently, HAMAS has publicly expressed a willingness to accept a long-term cessation of hostilities against Israel if Israel agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. HAMAS?s strength is concentrated in the Gaza Strip and areas of the West Bank. HAMAS has a paramilitary arm, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which, beginning in the 1990s and up to the present, has conducted many anti-Israeli attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. These have included large-scale terrorist bombings against Israeli civilian targets, as well as small-arms attacks, improvised roadside explosives, and the launching of al-Qassam rockets into Israel. HAMAS continues to claim its right to confront Israel violently but has never deliberately attacked US targets. While the group receives some support from foreign countries and movements, it remains independent.In early 2006 HAMAS won legislative elections in the Palestinian territories, ending the secular Fatah party?s hold on the Palestinian Authority and challenging Fatah?s leadership of the Palestinian national movement. Since then, HAMAS has largely refrained from suicide bombings or other attacks against Israeli targets but has refused to recognize the Jewish state explicitly or renounce violence. HAMAS militants violently took over the Gaza Strip in June 2007 and have since worked to overcome international isolation by calling for a cease-fire with Israel, while demonstrating the group?s ability to provide security. HAMAS in June 2008 entered into an Egyptian-mediated agreement for calm with Israel and ceased all rocket attacks. HAMAS has since worked to rein in attacks from other groups and enforce the calm.
Compilation by Silobreaker
Although Silobreaker has relied on what it regards as reliable sources while compiling the content herein, Silobreaker cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, integrity or quality of such content and no responsibility is accepted by Silobreaker in respect of such content. Readers must determine for themselves what reliance they should place on the compiled content herein.

Related Stories

First reported 16 hours ago - Updated 1 hour ago - 2 reports

Don’t let Abbas return the keys to Israel

Deep frustration over lack of progress in talks and Israel's rejection of Palestinian demands could lead Abbas to dismantle the PA. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to continue the negotiations until the end of 2014. At a meeting with Knesset ... [Published Haaretz - 1 hour ago]
First reported 20 hours ago - Updated 4 hours ago - 3 reports

8 Emirates for the Palestinian Clans-That's the Answer

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has several religious and cultural causes:According to Islam, Judaism ceased to exist when Christianity came to be, and Christianity ceased to exist when Islam came into the world to replace both.Judaism is the "Din Al-Batel," ... [Published Israel National News - 4 hours ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 6 hours ago - 23 reports

iEngage: Jewish state – Semantics versus the real thing

The question of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is widely seen as a grave – some say unnecessary – obstacle on the way to peace. The positions of the sides on this issue seem irreconcilable, and neither seems likely to budge.For ... [Published Jerusalem Post - 7 hours ago]
First reported 18 hours ago - Updated 7 hours ago - 8 reports

Israel frees three out of five Lebanese detainees

The Israel army has released three out of the five people they had kidnapped Thursday near the Blue Line border with Lebanon. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said the men were trying to cross the ... ... [Published Big News Network - 7 hours ago]
First reported 11 hours ago - Updated 9 hours ago - 2 reports

Three Hamas Operatives Killed in Gaza Explosion

According to Palestinian media outlets, the blast apparently occurred during the assembly of an explosive device in a building belonging to the Hamas military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades.Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Eyad al-Bozom said Hamas ... [Published Algemeiner.com - 9 hours ago]
First reported 18 hours ago - Updated 10 hours ago - 3 reports

Can Israel's natural gas reserves pump up regional peace?

Israel is preparing to export a portion of its offshore natural gas reserves. The resulting business partnerships could hurdle political obstacles to better relations with neighbors. After years of relying on its neighbors for energy, Israel is poised ... [Published Christian Science Monitor - 10 hours ago]
First reported 17 hours ago - Updated 8 hours ago - 3 reports

Gazans consumed by poverty

There are 13,000 sufferers in the Strip and it is the second highest cause of death among Palestinians after heart disease, writeNoah Browning and Nidal al MughrabiLife has never seemed so grim for the Mustafas, a family of seven cramped into a shabby ... [Published Oman Observer - 12 hours ago]
First reported Apr 16 2014 - Updated 14 hours ago - 3 reports

Hamas Calls on Arab Countries to Expel Israeli Ambassadors

Spokesman for the Hamas movement Fawzi Barhoum, on Wednesday, called on all Arab and Muslim leaders to expel Israeli ambassadors in their countries in order to pressure Israel to end its attacks and violations on Palestinians.Barhoum said in a statement ... [Published Friends of Al-Aqsa - 14 hours ago]
First reported Apr 16 2014 - Updated 16 hours ago - 5 reports

Hamas Grateful for Egypt's Allowing Passage of Qatari Construction Material

Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya thanked the Egyptian authorities on Wednesday for facilitating the entry of a Qatari grant in the form of construction materials to rebuild the Gaza district, MENA reported. ... [Published Masress.com - 17 hours ago]
Entities: HAMAS, Qatar, Egypt, Construction
First reported Apr 16 2014 - Updated 21 hours ago - 8 reports

Gaza: Blasts Kill Hamas Militants

Three militants were killed Wednesday and five people were wounded when several explosions ripped through a Hamas[1] facility in the southern Gaza Strip[2]. The cause of the explosions was under investigation, but officials of Hamas, the militant Palestinian[3] ... [Published DailyMe.Com - 21 hours ago]
Entities: HAMAS, Jihad, Palestinian
First reported Apr 16 2014 - Updated Apr 17 2014 - 2 reports

Hamas security forces take target shooting session

Palestinian members of the Hamas security forces shoot during a target shooting session using makeshift laser guns at the police training headquarters in Gaza City, on April 16, 2014. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... [Published Xinhua News Agency - Apr 17 2014]
Entities: HAMAS, Security, Gaza City, Laser
First reported Apr 16 2014 - Updated Apr 16 2014 - 5 reports

Israel Closes Temple Mount after Riots

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Police closed the Temple Mount to visitors Wednesday morning following more Arab riots that injured two officers. There's a heightened security presence in the Old City due ... ... [Published Big News Network - Apr 16 2014]
Network
Network

Blogs

sort by: Date | Relevance
Israel air strikes hit Hamas headquarters [Published RAKYAT MARHAEN - Nov 17 2012]
...
Civilians suffer on both sides of the Israel/Ha... [Published RAKYAT MARHAEN - Nov 20 2012]
...
Israel and Hamas: Will the ceasefire hold? [Published RAKYAT MARHAEN - Nov 28 2012]
...
Exclusive: Hamas rockets fire into Israel [Published RAKYAT MARHAEN - Nov 19 2012]
...
Hard Times for Hamas [Published Breitbart Feed - Oct 31 2013]
Newspapers in Israel and Turkey published three separate articles Sunday and Monday on severe economic and political problems facing the Hamas government in Gaza. The three reports all point to the same root causes--a steep reduction in Iranian ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ...

Audio/Video

sort by: Date | Relevance
Israel frees prisoners [Published Reuters Video: Top News - Dec 31 2013]
Israel frees another 26 Palestinian inmates [Published Reuters Video: Top News - Oct 30 2013]
Obama urges Palestinian leader to take risks fo... [Published Reuters Video: Top News - Mar 17 2014]
Israel shows off weapons it says were seized fr... [Published Reuters Video: Top News - Mar 10 2014]
Bus blast kills at least 4 on Egypt's border wi... [Published Reuters Video: Top News - Feb 16 2014]
1 2 3 4 5

Press Releases

sort by: Date | Relevance
Ernst & Young: Taglit-Birthright Israel & Its P... [Published Auto & Transportation - Jan 07 2014]
Aberdeen Israel Fund, Inc. Announces Dividend [Published Financial Services - Dec 20 2013]
Aberdeen Israel Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of... [Published Financial Services - Jan 17 2014]
FutuRx Begins Operations in Israel [Published Financial Services - Jan 13 2014]
News story: UK and Israel sign Memorandum of Un... [Published Keeping the UK safe in cyber space - Activity o ... - Mar 14 2014]
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ...
Contact Us
Sales
Support


Freebase CC-BY Some image thumbnails are sourced from Freebase, licensed under CC-BY

Copyright (C) 2014 Silobreaker Ltd. All rights reserved.
The selection and placement of stories and images on any Silobreaker page are determined automatically by a computer program.
The time or date displayed reflects when an article was added to or updated in Silobreaker.