GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East


From the Arabic acronym for "Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia"; in English it means Islamic Resistance Movement. Founded after the 1987 intifada (the Palestinian uprising in the Occuped Territories), Hamas is an outgrowth of the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The long-term goal of Hamas is the establishment of an Islamic state of Palestine. Hamas is divided into two separate wings, the political wing and the more well-known military wing, Kata-ib Izzidin Qassam.

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