Spotlight on Iran (Week of January 7-14, 2010)

Issued on 14/01/2010 Type Article
Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist employed for internal power struggles

Khaled Mashaal, Chief of Hamas’ political bureau, visits Tehran

Issued on 23/12/2009 Type Article
On December 13-15, Khaled Mashaal, chief of Hamas’ political bureau in Damascus, headed a delegation to Tehran and met with the Iranian leadership, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the president and other top figures of the regime.

A Hamas “ministry of justice” committee called Al-Tawthiq (Documentation) claims to be behind the arrest warrant issued in Britain for former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Issued on 18/12/2009 Type Article
It is part of the Hamas campaign to pursue Israelis in Europe in the name of the victims of Operation Cast Lead.

The 22nd Anniversary of the Founding of Hamas

Issued on 16/12/2009 Type Article
Last week Hamas celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Hamas promoted various events, among them rallies, marches and ceremonies.

Hamas expresses satisfaction with the UN General Assembly decision regarding the Goldstone Report

Issued on 09/11/2009 Type Article
Hamas spokesman were quick to praise the UN General Assembly decision to endorse the Arab countries’ draft proposal of the Goldstone Report on November 5.
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Information on Hamas
Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which controls the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population; and the external leadership, Hamas' political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip (primarily in Syria). The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas.
According to the Hamas charter, the document on which its policies and propaganda are based, the only way the movement can achieve its ends, i.e., the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state, is through an armed terrorist campaign to achieve the destruction Israel. Hamas' military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket, mortar and suicide bombing attacks.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Over the years Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.