Breaking the Myth of Hamas
The Hamas Covenant published in 1988, documented by Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, has the following statement in the second paragraph:
Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.
This represented the core essence of the Hamas movement. But the world, including Israel, anticipated a transformation as the organization assumed administrative responsibilities following its 2006 election victory in Gaza. Hamas won 44.45% of the vote, 3.02% more than the second placed Fatah.
The 2006 Hamas election manifesto dropped any mention of the destruction of Israel, stating instead that it wanted to contribute to “the establishment of an independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.”
After Hamas won the legislative elections, tensions escalated between Hamas and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority. Fatah accused Hamas of electoral fraud and claimed that Hamas had intimidated voters and falsified ballots.
Fatah refused to accept the results of the elections. They also believed that a Hamas victory would undermine the peace process with Israel. Both parties were ideologically positioned at the opposite end of the peace spectrum. Hamas had vowed to continue the armed struggle against Israel, while Fatah was committed to a two-state solution.
It quickly turned into a civil war.
Both Hamas and Fatah committed atrocities against each other. Hamas is accused of executing Fatah members and supporters, while Fatah is accused of bombing Hamas mosques and schools. The civil war also led to the deaths of hundreds of civilians.
“It’s payback time in Gaza, where victorious Hamas gunmen dragged the body of one of their main Fatah opponents through a refugee camp. Several security officers loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s secular Fatah faction were fleeing Gaza City as Islamist Hamas death squads roamed the streets”, reported Reuters on June…