Hamas

Abu Mazen declared that on July 26 he would submit the prisoners’ document to a national referendum

Abu Mazen declared that on July 26 he would submit the prisoners’ document to a national referendum, which Hamas strongly rejects. He views it as a means to strengthen his position vis-à-vis Hamas and hopes it will show Israel and the international community he can be a partner for negotiations
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Al-Nabka Day (the anniversary of the events of 1948), the first under the new Hamas government, was commemorated with a flood of hate propaganda directed against Israel

Al-Nabka Day stressed the “right of return” of the Palestinian refugees and justifying the use of violence and terrorism as ways of achieving it. While Hamas turned Al-Nakba Day from a secular-nationalist event into a tool for promoting its radical Islamic ideology, Abu Mazen gave a speech which promoted negotiation and peace with Israel
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The Palestinian Preventive Security thwarted an attempt to perpetrate a deadly terrorist attack at Karni Crossing

The Palestinian Preventive Security thwarted an attempt to perpetrate a deadly terrorist attack at Karni Crossing. Such an attack could have resulted in the temporary closing of the crossing, regarded by Gaza Strip residents as a vital economic gateway. The terrorist attack was perpetrated by the Popular Resistance Committees, directed by senior Hamas operatives. Using
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Strong indications that the Popular Resistance Committees have become a kind of sub-contractor for Hamas, enabling it to encourage attacks against Israel

The appointment of Jamal Abu Samhadana, Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) leader, to the post of general supervisor of the Palestinian police and ministry of the interior again demonstrated the linkage between Hamas and the PRC. Jamal Abu Samhadana, who has a long history of attacks against Israel and of collaboration with Hamas, made it clear
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Jordan accuses Hamas of planning terrorist attacks on its territory, directed by one of its Syria-based military leaders

The Jordanian authorities have recently announced they had exposed terrorist activity of the Hamas movement inside the kingdom’s territory. These terrorist operatives, some of which arrested by the Jordanian authorities, were involved in smuggling arms and ammunition into Jordan as well as gathering information on potential targets, including sites and senior figures.
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Osama bin Laden’s new tape condemns the “economic boycott” of the Hamas government as part of a general Zionist-West Crusade against Islam.

While the Hamas spokesman expressed reservations about bin Laden’s comments, Mahmoud al-Zahar publicly identified with the global jihad’s struggle. That reflected the movement’s dilemma of having to navigate between adherence to radical Islamic ideology and attempts to obscure it to cope with the exigencies of the Palestinian arena.
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