Breaking the Myth of Hamas

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Shankar Narayan
8 min readOct 11, 2023
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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.

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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.



Shankar Narayan

He didn't care what he had or what he had left, he cared only about what he must do.