Could you tell me more about Hamas from your point of view please?
I get this question quite a bit, but I’ll answer it briefly -
Hamas is a Palestinian organization that was pretty much for a long period of time. As Fatah under Arafat continued to grow, Israel began to support Hamas in an effort to foster a rivalry amongst the mostly unified Palestinian organizations, and inject an Islamic element into what had been the secular Palestinian movement. Hamas would’ve continued to be nothing had it not been for Israel’s meddling, similar to how the US propped up the Taliban to fight off the Soviets, only to back out and lose control of them eventually. [Settler-colonial states aren’t the brightest or known for their long-term thinking]
Hamas today controls the Gaza strip, and as the only authority in the area, are responsible for infrastructure, medical care, education, and security. There is also the militant branch that fights against Israel. Hamas is by no means innocent, and the Palestinian movement needs to remain secular and strive for a single, secular state as the solution to what’s been happening to us.
As the authority of the Gaza Strip, Hamas is responsible for what happens in it and for “maintaining the peace” of the local population. This means that whenever some other militant group or random group of people fire a missile into Israel, they’re blamed for it. That’s not to say they don’t fire any themselves, but what people fail to realize is that there’s also blamed for missiles fired outside of their own orders by other groups.
Hamas is also blamed for “firing from civilian areas” or “hiding amongst civilians”, yet again what people fail to realize is that the Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas on the planet, meaning that EVERYTHING is packed close next to something else, so they fire from, say, an open field, it’s going to be just meters away from a home or a store or something, because, as I said, it’s one of the MOST densely populated regions on Earth.
As for the “hiding amongst civilians”, which has been debunked by residents of the Gaza Strip themselves, would it not be true that the IDF hide amongst civilians as well? In that uniformed Israeli soldiers regularly ride public transport with civilians? Doesn’t Israel use the excuse of leveling entire buildings full of civilians with “well we think there was a Hamas dude in there” operate just like that?
I’m not trying to justify anything Hamas has done or does, but rather point out the hypocrisy in Israel’s attitude towards Hamas, when they wouldn’t be where they are today had Israel not turned a blind eye and helped them flourish in order to offset Fatah.
Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip has only served to make Hamas more desperate, while allowing them to strengthen their hold on the population. Each Israeli incursion into Gaza leads to the approval rates of Hamas to skyrocket. Israel makes things so miserable for the people of Gaza that they eventually lash out, giving Israel an excuse to go in and slaughter more Palestinians.
Despite the fact that Hamas is not an innocent party and are an Islamic organization, they are nothing like ISIS or al-Qaeda, which Israel has tried to lump them in with before.
I hesitate before saying that Hamas is a genuine response to Israeli colonialism and occupation, simply due to the fact that Israel itself helped Hamas to flourish in the first place, but the fact remains that any colonial enterprise is going to be met with indigenous resistance, which will manifest itself in whatever ways it can to fight back.
Again, given tumblr’s/the Zionist crowd’s inability to critically asses such things and understand how history plays into things like this, I’m going to reiterate that this is in no way meant to support or condone the actions of Hamas, but we can understand why they exist and why they do what they do without condoning it.
Hamas may currently be in charge of the Gaza Strip, but they are not our genuine leaders, nor are they the leaders we want. The same goes for Fatah.
This was a shotgun reply, but if you want something more specific, just ask.
أعرفُ أن الحُب - بسيطٌ كالزنَابق .. سهلٌ كمطَر الربيعْ .. واضحٌ كسمَاءٍ زرقاءْ ..! تعالَ يا صَغيري لنُلغِم صَقيع العَالم بدينَاميت الجمَال .. و أثرهْ و بركتهْ و وَرده المُبهجْ و عِطْره المُنعشْ و ضُوءه المُحيِي .. تعَال انقلنِي يا دمعَة عينِي إلى الحيَاة .. - و هبنِي فيمَا يُنسَى ما لا يُنسى -
Mosab Hassan Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan) tells the truth about Islam
“We cannot fool ourselves, there is an Islamic problem - Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic jihad, ISIS, Boko Haram - all of them are killing by the name of Allah…There is an Islamic problem and I think humanity needs to stand against this danger.”
Mosab Hassan Yousef, 30, said that his decision to abandon his Muslim faith and denounce his father’s organisation had exposed his family to persecution in his home town of Ramallah and endangered his own life.
But despite the cost, he said that he is convinced that speaking out about the problems of Islam and the “evil” he witnessed back home would help to address the “messed-up situation” in the Middle East and one day bring about peace and enable him to return.
…Mr Yousef said that he was appalled by the brutality of the movement, including the suicide bombers seeking glory through jihad.
“Hamas, they are using civilians’ lives, they are using children, they are using the suffering of people every day to achieve their goals. And this is what I hate,” he said. (The Telegraph)
Fuck Hamas. Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA!
We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation,
the violations of human rights and the indifference of the
international community! We want to scream and break this wall of
silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16’s breaking the
wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to
release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this
fucking situation we live in; we are like lice between two nails living a
nightmare inside a nightmare, no room for hope, no space for freedom.
We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick of coal
dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of innocent
farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of
their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing
their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for
what they believe in; sick of the wall of shame that separates us from
the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece
of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, homemade fanatics with
explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference
we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in
expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing
anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a shitty life,
being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored
by the rest of the world.
There is a revolution growing inside of us, an immense
dissatisfaction and frustration that will destroy us unless we find a
way of canalizing this energy into something that can challenge the
status quo and give us some kind of hope. The final drop that made our
hearts tremble with frustration and hopelessness happened 30th November,
when Hamas’ officers came to Sharek Youth Forum, a leading youth
with their guns, lies and aggressiveness, throwing everybody outside,
incarcerating some and prohibiting Sharek from working. A few days
later, demonstrators in front of Sharek were beaten and some
incarcerated. We are really living a nightmare inside a nightmare. It is
difficult to find words for the pressure we are under. We barely
survived the Operation Cast Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed
the shit out of us, destroying thousands of homes and even more lives
and dreams. They did not get rid of Hamas, as they intended, but they
sure scared us forever and distributed post traumatic stress syndrome to
everybody, as there was nowhere to run.
We are youth with heavy hearts. We carry in ourselves a heaviness so
immense that it makes it difficult to us to enjoy the sunset. How to
enjoy it when dark clouds paint the horizon and bleak memories run past
our eyes every time we close them? We smile in order to hide the pain.
We laugh in order to forget the war. We hope in order not to commit
suicide here and now. During the war we got the unmistakable feeling
that Israel wanted to erase us from the face of the earth. During the
last years Hamas has been doing all they can to control our thoughts,
behaviour and aspirations. We are a generation of young people used to
face missiles, carrying what seems to be a impossible mission of living a
normal and healthy life, and only barely tolerated by a massive
organization that has spread in our society as a malicious cancer
disease, causing mayhem and effectively killing all living cells,
thoughts and dreams on its way as well as paralyzing people with its
terror regime. Not to mention the prison we live in, a prison sustained
by a so-called democratic country.
History is repeating itself in its most cruel way and nobody seems to
care. We are scared. Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated,
interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed. We are afraid of living,
because every single step we take has to be considered and well-thought,
there are limitations everywhere, we cannot move as we want, say what
we want, do what we want, sometimes we even cant think what we want
because the occupation has occupied our brains and hearts so terrible
that it hurts and it makes us want to shed endless tears of frustration
We do not want to hate, we do not want to feel all of this feelings,
we do not want to be victims anymore. ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears,
enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications,
terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians,
black memories, bleak future, heart aching present, disturbed politics,
fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough incarceration! WE SAY
STOP! This is not the future we want!
We want three things. We want to be free. We want to be able to live a
normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask? We are a peace
movement consistent of young people in Gaza and supporters elsewhere
that will not rest until the truth about Gaza is known by everybody in
this whole world and in such a degree that no more silent consent or
loud indifference will be accepted.
This is the Gazan youth’s manifesto for change!
We will start by destroying the occupation that surrounds ourselves,
we will break free from this mental incarceration and regain our dignity
and self respect. We will carry our heads high even though we will
face resistance. We will work day and night in order to change these
miserable conditions we are living under. We will build dreams where we
We only hope that you – yes, you reading this statement right now! –
can support us. In order to find out how, please write on our wall or
contact us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to be free, we want to live, we want peace.
KHAN YUNIS : Palestinian militants of the Ezzedine al-Qassam
Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, show their skills during
a parade marking the ruling Islamist movement’s 28th birthday on
December 11, 2015, in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO /