#45 Voice of reason, you really have no clue. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Alofs
    • 12.07.07 | 20:14 (IDT)

    Two basic facts about Hamas: 1. It is a nationalist Palestinian movement with an islamic character. Palestinian nationalist movements in the 20th century can be seen from two different aspects: first, as resistance to occupation (first British, then Israeli), pure and simple; and second, as manifestations of ideologies dominant in the Middle East region at the time. This explains the "leftism" of the Palestinian resistance organizations in the 1960s and 1970s and the "islamism" of Hamas, when it was founded in 1987. 2. From the "Introductory Memorandum" of Hamas: "Palestine is the terrain for confrontation with the enemy. The Arab and Islamic countries are regions from which our Palestinian people can draw support...; but the bloody confrontation with our Zionist enemy must take place on the sacred soil of Palestine." If you can't master the basic facts, it is useless to call yourself "Voice of reason".

    from the article: Spoiling for a fight
    First published 00:00 12.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.07.07
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