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Hamas is a Palestinian Islamic organization that was established in 1987. Considered a terrorist group, the organization assumed power in the Gaza strip in 2006 and has been in power since. The group has a military wing, known as the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
The group refuses to acknowledge Israel. Its charter was established on the grounds that Hamas should liberate Palestine from modern-day Israel in order to establish an Islamic state.
Hamas has engaged in a number of military confrontations with Israel. Its military wing has employed tactics such as suicide bombings, rocket attacks, kidnapping attempts, and tunnel infiltrations against Israeli soldiers and civilians.
The legislation, titled the Sanctioning of the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, now goes to the president's desk for his signature.
The government's goal was to use the deal to improve Prime Minister's Benjamin Netanyahu's image before the upcoming elections, according to the report.
The latest flare up in tensions between the two rival Palestinian parties came after Fatah accused Hamas of detaining hundreds of Fatah members in the Gaza Strip in the past two weeks.
The PA knows that Hamas was behind these attacks, Abbas added. "They [Israel] give Hamas the money, and we pay the price," Abbas said.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Russian official said that Haniyeh’s visit to Moscow was in the context of Moscow’s effort to end the Hamas-Fatah rift.
A survey found that if elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would defeat PA President Mahmoud Abbas
By JULIA ALTMANN/THE MEDIA LINE
Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Jahjouh was fatally shot in the neck, while 25 others, including a local journalist, were wounded by Israeli gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
By ZACHARY KEYSER
"Since its establishment, Hamas has openly declared its goal of destroying the State of Israel by harming innocent Israeli civilians and using human shields."
By MAARIV ONLINE
Israeli security forces shot dead a suspect and arrested a number of accomplices on Wednesday night, but the military isn’t sure that the entire terror cell has been caught.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, New Zealand are four 'western' states that played big part in failure to pass anti-Hamas resolution.
By HERB KEINON
According to Fatah, the Palestinians have been fighting against the “Zionist project and its hazards for more than 100 years.”
Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions said that the failure of the UN to support the resolution was a “slap in the face of America” and a “victory for the Palestinian resistance.”
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that “we can’t talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism.”
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
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