Hamas

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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Senior terrorist-operative joins the Hamas administration: Jamal Abu Samhadana appointed general supervisor of the interior ministry and the police.

On April 1, Siyad Siyam, the interior minister of the Hamas government, announced he was appointing Jamal Abu Samhadana, head of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), as general supervisor of the interior ministry and policeThe appointment set a precedent by being the first time the new Hamas government appointed to a senior position a self-declared
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Discrepancies between statements made by Hamas to Palestinian and Arab media and those made to Western media

The Hamas movement, in an attempt to bridge the significant gap between its platform and ideology, denying Israel’s existence and supporting terrorism, and the demands of the international community, pursues a media strategy of deliberate ambiguity and double-talk. Within the context of said strategy, its leaders issue various, at times contradictory, statements on the core
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Ideological commitment to radical Islam vis-à-vis the constraints of Palestinian political reality

Ideological commitment to radical Islam vis-à-vis the constraints of Palestinian political reality: faced with concerns voiced by global jihad elements that Hamas might change its ways, spokesmen for the Hamas movement clarify that it does not intend to change its fundamental positions. They particularly stress the continuation of terrorism (the “resistance” and jihad) and non-recognition
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Ismail Haniyeh Portrait of the Hamas candidate for Palestinian prime minister

On February 21, 2006, Abu Mazen, the Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman, instructed Ismail Haniyeh, who led the Hamas faction to a sweeping victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections, to form, for the first time in the PA’s history, a Hamas-led government. The following is a portrait of Ismail Haniyeh, probably the PA’s next Prime
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