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How Does Hamas End: A Historical Overview and Where the Future Leads   [open pdf - 802KB]

"Like many organizations that perpetrate violence, Hamas provokes deeply polarizing opinions. To the vast majority of Palestinians, Hamas symbolizes hope, charity, public welfare, strength, religious zeal, and the just cause of restoring Palestinians to their rightful land. Many Arab and non-Western nations maintain an empathetic view of Hamas, providing indirect support and tacit approval while donating tens of millions of dollars annually. To Israel and the West the name Hamas elicits images of suicide bombers, indiscriminate violence, and militant Islamic radicalism. The name itself has a double meaning. Hamas is an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah, which translates 'Islamic Resistance Movement,' and the word Hamas also means 'enthusiasm' in Arabic."

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2014-04-10
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