An apology for Hamas

With the deadly group, governance and terrorism are not mutually exclusive.

By JONATHAN SCHANZER
August 23, 2012 12:30
Ismail Haniyeh

Haniyeh 521. (photo credit: reuters)

 
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The cover of Paola Caridi’s new book, Hamas: From Resistance to Government, should have served as a warning. If the title didn’t suggest a kinder, gentler Hamas, the cover art certainly did. It features two cute girls, one with pink nail polish, the other waving a green Hamas flag, both wearing a hijab and a Hamas bandana.

A closer look reveals that the girls are wearing the bandana of the Izzadin Kassam Brigades – the so-called “armed wing of Hamas,” which is responsible for hundreds of attacks, including grisly suicide bombings and rocket firings, since the terror group’s inception in 1987. Not so cute.

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