A Short History of Hamas


This history of Hamas addresses the roots of the movement in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, its creation as a Palestinian alternative to the PLO with the intention to prevent acceptance of Israel and eventually to destroy the Jewish state, its use of terrorism to undermine the Oslo Accords, its victory in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, its violent ouster of the Palestinian Authority from Gaza in 2007, and its repeated armed conflicts with Israel. This broad history is covered in about 1,000 words, including links to the Hamas charter and its leaders' statements, demonstrating its vicious antisemitism.

With its links to primary sources and analysis pieces, along with the outline of Hamas' history, this article provides the pathway for students both to gain an initial understanding of the organization and its refusal to accept any negotiated settlement and to pursue further research into documents related to Hamas.



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