Hamas

A Turkish Islamist delegation, which in our assessment included IHH activists, was involved in violent clashes with Jordanian security forces near Allenby Bridge on Nakba Day.

Issued on 30/05/2011 Type Article
The incident is yet another demonstration of the violent methods used by the IHH and its Islamist allies during anti-Israeli PR activities.
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IHH and its leader, Bülent Yildirim, conduct a propaganda campaign to prepare the ground for the flotilla planned for the end of June.

Issued on 29/05/2011 Type Article
The campaign's sometimes contradictory themes are aimed at glorifying IHH and its determination, and deterring Israel from acting against it, while presenting a moderate image to the West.
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The main theme of the various Nakba Day events was the Palestinian refugees' return to the 1948 territories and the destruction of the State of Israel.

Issued on 19/05/2011 Type Article
The main theme of the various Nakba Day events was the Palestinian refugees' return to the 1948 territories and the destruction of the State of Israel. Clinging to the refugees' return is central to Hamas' strategy, backed by Iran and Hezbollah and supported by Palestinians in the territories and abroad.
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IHH, which plays a central role in organizing the upcoming flotilla to the Gaza Strip, joined Turkish Islamist organizations in denouncing Osama bin Laden's killing by America.

Issued on 18/05/2011 Type Article
IHH, which plays a central role in organizing the upcoming flotilla to the Gaza Strip, joined Turkish Islamist organizations in denouncing Osama bin Laden's killing by America. IHH leader Bülent Yildirim again expressed readiness to sacrifice shaheeds to achieve the flotilla's objective, calling on Israel not to attack the ships.
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Statements made by senior Hamas figures since the internal Palestinian reconciliation agreement

Issued on 15/05/2011 Type Article
Statements made by senior Hamas figures since the internal Palestinian reconciliation agreement attempt to present a moderate image while restating Hamas' refusal to recognize Israel or accept the International Quartet's conditions, continuing the "resistance" (i.e., terrorism), and drawing Fatah back into the cycle of violence.
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Hamas' condemnation of killing Osama bin Laden reflects the movement's deep identification with extremist jihadist Islam and Al-Qaeda's anti-Western orientation

Issued on 05/05/2011 Type Article
Hamas' condemnation of killing Osama bin Laden reflects the movement's deep identification with extremist jihadist Islam and Al-Qaeda's anti-Western orientation, although Hamas focuses its campaign on Israel (as well as the Palestinian Authority, despite the reconciliation agreement) and struggles against the global jihad networks threatening it in the Gaza Strip.
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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.