Muhammad al-Jamassi, senior engineer in UNRWA's engineering department in the Gaza Strip, was also identified as a newly elected member of Hamas' political bureau.

Issued on 05/03/2017 Type Article
In the recent elections for Hamas' political bureau, the movement's highest institution in the Gaza Strip, 15 members were chosen. Yahya al-Sinwar, affiliated with Hamas' military wing, was chosen as chairman. The new political bureau has many members affiliated with Hamas' military wing and is dominated by members who hold extremist positions.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 21 – 28, 2017)

Issued on 28/02/2017 Type Article
This past week terrorist events centered on rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum claimed Israel's continued attacks on Hamas posts and facilities was a deliberate Israeli attempt at escalation. Turkey hosted a conference called the "Conference of Palestinians Abroad."

UNRWA announced the suspension of Dr. Suhail al-Hindi, chairman of the UNRWA staff union in the Gaza Strip, after his election to Hamas' political bureau. In 2011 he was also suspended by UNRWA for his affiliation with Hamas, but remained in his position.

Issued on 27/02/2017 Type Article
Chris Guinness, UNRWA spokesman in the Gaza Strip, stated that the agency had decided to suspend Suhail al-Hindi from his position. He said that in view of an internal investigation during which "substantial information" had been presented from several sources, the decision was taken on February 26, 2017, "to suspend Suhail al-Hindi, pending the outcome of (the) investigation" (Jerusalem Post, February 26, 2017).

Support for violence and terrorism and calls for the destruction of Israel at the Sixth International Conference on Palestinian Intifada in Tehran

Issued on 26/02/2017 Type Article
On February 21-22, 2017, the Sixth International Conference on Palestinian Intifada was held in Tehran. The conference has been held since 1991 in accordance with the “Law on the Support of the People of Palestine’s Islamic Revolution” passed in the Iranian Majles in April 1990. So far, the conference has been held five times (in 1991, 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2011).

Dr. Suhail al-Hindi, Chairman of the UNRWA Staff Union in the Gaza Strip and Boys' Elementary School Principal, Is Elected to Hamas' New Gaza Political Bureau

Issued on 23/02/2017 Type Article
Elections were recently held for Hamas' political bureau in the Gaza Strip, the movement's supreme institution in Gaza. Fifteen members were elected, headed by Yahya Sinwar. It has a large number of members affiliated with Hamas' military wing and is dominated by members who hold extremist views.

Elections to the Hamas Political Bureau in the Gaza Strip: Overview and Significance

Issued on 22/02/2017 Type Article
Elections were recently held for Hamas' political bureau in the Gaza Strip, the highest leadership institution in Gaza. Several thousand voters participated, electing 15 members. Yahya al-Sinwar was chosen to head the new political bureau. He was a senior operative in the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, and a member of the previous political bureau. He fully represents the positions of the military wing. Khalil al-Haya, also a member of the previous political bureau, was elected as deputy head.
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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.