• Hamas is one single entity.
  • It is a fundamentalist Sunni Islamic organisation founded in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Its aim is to destroy Israel and establish an Islamic state in its place.
  • Hamas currently rules the Gaza Strip and maintains an underground presence throughout Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) through several terror cells.
  • The organisation’s funding comes from Iran, as well as from Palestinians and international donors in Western Europe, including the UK.
  • Hamas’ method of accomplishing its objectives is “jihad” (armed struggle), which translates as violence and terror against Israeli civilians: suicide bombings, rocket and mortar bomb attacks, shootings, and abductions.
  • In the January 2006 elections for the second Palestinian Legislative Council Hamas won 74 seats.
  • Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from the Palestinian Authority in a bloody takeover, throwing Palestinian political opponents off high-rise buildings and publicly executing others.
  • Today, Hamas ruthlessly maintains control over the Gaza Strip. The regime diverts materials (in part funded by UK taxpayers) intended for use in development and construction projects and instead uses them to construct cross-border terror attack tunnels, leaving social, educational, and health services in Gaza underdeveloped.
  • Hamas also uses its resources to acquire weapons and missiles, which it then uses to terrorise Israeli communities near the Israel-Gaza border. Gaza’s economy has been kept afloat primarily through large transfers of aid and monies that it generates through activities that remain lawful in Europe and the UK.
  • Hamas continually and systematically violates human and civil rights. When Palestinians in Gaza took to the streets in recent years to demonstrate against economic hardships and severe electricity shortages, Hamas responded with beatings of demonstrators and the arbitrary arrest and torture of scores of protesters, journalists, and human rights defenders.
  • Christians, a minority in Gaza, increasingly report pressure to convert to Islam. The regime deliberately locates its rocket launch bases and weapons arsenals in densely populated civilian areas of Gaza, using its own population as a human shield and bringing about a high number of casualties.
  • Hamas has launched over 23,000 rockets and mortar bombs at Israeli civilian population centres since 2001.
  • The Hamas charter, written and adopted in 1988, rejects all peace talks with the State of Israel and stresses the terrorist organisation’s commitment to destroy Israel through a long-term holy war (jihad).
  • In May 2017, Hamas presented a new policy document, aiming to soften its image before the international community. The supposed amendment to its original charter was a superficial smokescreen for the organisation’s goal of destroying Israel though terrorism, and an attempt on the part of Hamas to present itself to the world in a new light.
  • Moreover, Hamas did not replace its original charter with the updated document, nor did it forego its stated goal of destroying Israel. To this day, Hamas continues to reject Israel in its entirety and incites violence against Jews, Israelis, and other civilians.
  • The UK government outlawed Hamas’ military wing in 2001 but it still operates in the UK lawfully and supports its terror infrastructure from our country
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