New Hamas policy document “aims to soften image”

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has published a new policy document – the first since its founding charter.

It declares for the first time a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognising Israel.

It also says Hamas’s struggle is not with Jews but with “occupying Zionist aggressors”. The 1988 charter was condemned for its anti-Jewish language.

The text is seen as an effort by Hamas, which rules Gaza, to soften its image.

“The document gives us a chance to connect with the outside world,” spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

“To the world, our message is: Hamas is not radical. We are a pragmatic and civilized movement. We do not hate the Jews. We only fight who occupies our lands and kills our people.”

Hamas as a whole, or in some cases its military wing, is designated a terrorist group by Israel, the US, EU, UK and other powers.

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was “attempting to fool the world but it will not succeed”.

“They build terror tunnels and have launched thousands upon thousands of missiles at Israeli civilians,” David Keyes added. “This is the real Hamas.”

In contrast to the charter, the new document does not mention Hamas’s parent organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement banned in Egypt for being what Cairo sees as a terrorist group.

Analysts say the decision is aimed at improving relations with the outside world, including Egypt and Gulf Arab states where the Brotherhood is also banned.

Gaza has been under blockade by Israel and Egypt for the past decade, imposed to prevent attacks by militants inside the territory. Its economy has been crippled as a result, and many of its 1.9 million inhabitants suffer daily hardships.

Relations between Hamas and Egypt have recently begun to improve, with a visit to Cairo earlier this year by deputy leader Ismail Haniya.


getting their finger pointing down pat in the second image..

i actually applaud the change in wording to zionist..its more accurate and can include many..

“It also says Hamas’s struggle is not with Jews but with “occupying Zionist aggressors”. The 1988 charter was condemned for its anti-Jewish language.”


~ by seeker401 on May 3, 2017.

4 Responses to “New Hamas policy document “aims to soften image””

  1. Zionists also fund and run Hamas.
    BBC=Bullshit Bullshit Corporation

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  3. zionists had a hand in promoting hamas as a counterforce to the more popular (and palatable to the west) PLO/Fatah.

    then hamas won the elections fair and square, at which point the zionists went back to supporting Abbas and the PLO, helping them to overthrow Hamas in the West Bank and installing Fatah instead.

    i make no secret about being opposed to islam and all religions. but who would not want a group as hardcore as Hamas representing them if you had been fucked with the way palestinians have been fucked with?

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