"enthusiasm", an acronym of حركة
المقاومة الاسلامية Ḥarakat
al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah Islamic Resistance Movement) is a
Palestinian Islamic organization, with an associated military wing,
the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in the Palestinian territories and
elsewhere in the Middle East including Qatar. Hamas or its military
wing is designated as a terrorist organization by Australia, Canada,
Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The
organization was also banned in Jordan.
1 Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
Praising & Then Condemning the January 2015 Paris Terror Attacks
Facebook page of Al-Rasalah, a publication of the Palestinian terror
group Hamas, on Friday evening the 9th January 2015 ran a
picture of the three Muslim terrorists behind the two deadly terror
attacks in Paris – the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the connected
shooting of a policewoman in Montrouge after which the gunman took
several people hostage at a kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes
in the east of Paris.
Paris Attacks – January 2015
picture of the three – Cherif Kouachi, Said Kouachi and Amedy
Coulibaly (not pictured in the release was Coulibaly's absconding
associate and female Hayat Boumeddiene) was accompanied by the
shahidim [martyrs] who were dispatched by God, the heroes of the raid
later removed praise for the attacks from all official Hamas
websites, Israel Hayom reported. On Saturday the 10th
January 2015, the Gaza-based terror group issued a statement
condemning the Paris attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the
Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, saying that there was no
“justification for killing innocents.”
3 Hamas Publication Praises
Radicalisation of Hayat Boumeddiene
4 Hayat Boumeddiene from bikini
is known about the personal life of Hayat Boumeddiene. But she is
believed to have met Amedy while working as a cashier and was said to
have waited at least four years for him while he served time for an
armed robbery conviction. In 2009 she quit her job and married her
lover in an unofficial religious ceremony before settling down in
Bagneux, Hauts-de-Seine. The pair mixed in radical Islamic circles
and have been linked to the same groups as Abu Hamza. When she was
once questioned by French media on the terror attacks committed by Al
Qaeda and she responded by asking what about "the innocents
killed by the Americans?"
Hamas Political “Legitimisation”
the January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, Hamas won a
decisive majority in the Palestinian Parliament, defeating the
PLO-affiliated Fatah party. Following the elections, the Quartet (the
United States, Russia, United Nations and European Union) made future
foreign assistance to the PA conditional upon the future government's
commitment to non-violence, recognition of the state of Israel, and
acceptance of previous agreements.
rejected those changes, which led to the Quartet suspending its
foreign assistance program and Israel imposing economic sanctions on
the Hamas-led administration. In March 2007, a national unity
government headed by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas was
briefly formed, but this failed to restart international financial
5 Read The Hamas Covenant also
known as Hamas Charter
over control of Palestinian security forces soon erupted in the 2007
Battle of Gaza, after which Hamas took control of Gaza, while its
officials were ousted from government positions in the West Bank.
Israel and Egypt then imposed an economic blockade of the Gaza Strip,
on the grounds that Fatah forces were no longer providing security
2011, Hamas and Fatah announced a reconciliation agreement that
provides for creation of a joint caretaker Palestinian government.
Progress has stalled, until an April 2014 agreement to form a
compromise unity government, with elections to be held in late 2014.
2006, Hamas used an underground cross-border tunnel to abduct the
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, holding him captive until 2011, when he
was released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. Since then,
Hamas has continued building a network of internal and cross-border
tunnels, which are used to store and deploy weapons, shield
militants, and facilitate cross-border attacks. Destroying the
tunnels was a primary objective of Israeli forces in the 2014
Israel–Gaza conflict – Operation Protective Edge.
6 Palestinian Leadership Nodes
first large-scale emigration of Palestinian Christians out of
Palestine began in the mid-19th century as a response to the
oppression of Christians by the Ottoman Empire.
Palestinians have experienced several waves of exile
have spread into different host countries
addition to the more than 700,000 in 1948, hundreds of thousands were
also displaced in the 1967 Six Day War. The pattern of Palestinian
flight continued during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
countries outside the Palestinian territories with significant
Palestinian populations are: Jordan 3,240,000; Israel 1,650,000;
Syria 630,000; Chile 500,000; Lebanon 402,582; Saudi Arabia 280,245;
Egypt 270,245; United States 255,000; Honduras 250,000; Mexico
120,000; Qatar 100,00; Germany 80,000; Kuwait 80,000; El Salvador
70,000; Brazil 59,000; Iraq 57,000; Yemen 55,000; Canada 50,975;
Australia 45,000; Libya 44,000; United Kingdom 20,000; Denmark 19000;
Peru 15,000; Colombia 12,000; Pakistan 10,500; Netherlands 9,000;
Sweden 7,000; Algeria 4,030.
majority of the estimated 100,000 Palestinians in the European Union
(EU) are in the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece,
Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Outside the EU is Norway
capital Berlin has one of the largest Palestinian communities outside
of the Middle East with about 30,000-40,000 people of Palestinian
origin residing in the city (~1% of the total population)
by France for Palestinian Nationhood and the Hamas Paradox
mismatch between public opinion in support of the Palestinians' cause
and politicians' compliance with Israel's wishes has guaranteed no
end to the strife, and no likelihood of conditions to create a
in support for Palestinian nationhood were reported throughout 2014
from Spain, France, Germany and Britain. In Australia, polls also
showed a majority of Australians supporting the Palestinian cause.
has warned that if the international community fails to resolve the
Middle East impasse, it would recognize Palestine as a state. French
lawmakers are set to hold a vote on Palestine nationhood on December
parliamentarians debated the December 2 vote. A similar resolution
was approved by British lawmakers on October 3, by the Spanish
parliament on November 18, and Sweden formally recognized the state
of Palestine on October 3. A
poll conducted by IFOP (French Institute of Public Opinion) showed 63
percent of the French population in favor of an independent
U.N. Security Council, in a close 8-2 vote with five abstentions, on
30th December 2014 voted down a Palestinian statehood resolution that
set a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian
territories by 2017.
nations voted for the draft resolution -- one vote short of the
necessary nine to be adopted -- including Jordan, which sponsored the
resolution, and three permanent Security Council members: China,
Russia and France. The United States voted against the resolution on
the table and had been expected to exercise its permanent council
member authority and veto the measure, had it passed.
weeks later Hamas – the “democratically” elected “government”
of Gaza praised the Paris Terror attacks.
Terrorist Designation of Hamas
The military wing of
Hamas, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, is listed as a terrorist
The military wing of
Hamas, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has been listed as a
terrorist entity since 2010.
Anti-Terrorism Act, the Government of Canada currently lists Hamas
as a terrorist entity, thus establishing it as a terrorist group,
The EU designated
Hamas as a terrorist group from 2003 to 2014. In December 2014,
the General Court of the European Union annulled this decision.
The court stated that the move was technical and was not a
reassessment of Hamas' classification as a terrorist
The Israeli Ministry
of Foreign Affairs states, "Hamas maintains a terrorist
infrastructure in Gaza and the West Bank, and acts to carry out
terrorist attacks in the territories and Israel."
As of 2005, Japan had
frozen the assets of 472 terrorists and terrorist organizations
including those of Hamas. However,
in 2006 it publicly acknowledged that Hamas had won the 2006
Palestinian legislative elections democratically.
Banned Hamas in
2013, Jordan rejected requests to allow Hamas to return.
Russia does not
designate Hamas a terrorist organisation, and held direct talks
with Hamas in 2006, after Hamas won the Palestine elections,
stating that it did so to press Hamas to reject violence and
recognise Israel. An
Israeli official has said that Russia will reduce its ties to
The Turkish government
met with Hamas leaders in February 2006, after the organization's
victory in the Palestinian elections. In 2010, Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described Hamas as "resistance fighters
who are struggling to defend their land".
The Izz ad-Din
al-Qassam Brigades have been listed as a proscribed organization
under the Terrorism Act since 2001, but Hamas as a whole is not
As of 2006, China does
not designate Hamas to be a terrorist organization and
acknowledges Hamas to be the legitimately elected political entity
in the Gaza Strip that represents the Palestinian people. Despite
U.S. and Israeli opposition, the Chinese government met with
senior Hamas representative Mahmoud al-Zahar, who previously
served as Palestinian foreign minister, during the June 2006
China-Arab Cooperation Forum in Beijing, an held direct bilateral
talks with Hamas and the Arab World. In addition, during the same
month, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry further
elucidated China's pro-Palestinian stance regarding Hamas in spite
of U.S. and Israeli opposition to China's associations and close
relationship with the organization, stating, "We believe that
the Palestinian government is legally elected by the people there
and it should be respected."
Lists Hamas as a
"Foreign Terrorist Organization"
Banned Hamas in 2014
and branded it a terrorist organization. Egyptian authorities
accuse the group of supporting al Qaeda-inspired Islamist
insurgents in the Sinai peninsula.
Banned the Muslim
Brotherhood in 2014 and branded it a terrorist organization. While
Hamas is not specifically listed, a non-official Saudi source
stated that the decision also encompasses its branches in other
countries, including Hamas.
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Sydney Peace Foundation.
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