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What is Hamas and who funds it?

When Hamas launched large-scale attacks into Israel. A number of people were asking: What is Hamas, the terror organisation that governs Palestinians in the Gaza Strip?

Palki Sharma host of Firstpost’s Vantage delved into how Hamas was founded and which nations support the terror group.   Please note that the report below was published on 7 October.  For current updates from Vantage follow THIS link or browse the videos on YouTube HERE.

Hamas is a terrorist organisation but it calls itself a political party with a military wing, Sharma explained.  It is one of the largest two political parties in Palestine, each controlling a different part of Palestine.  The Palestine Liberation Organization (“PLO”) controls the West Bank and Hamas controls the Gaza Strip.

Hamas gets its name from an Arab acronym: Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah, which translates to the Islamic Resistance Movement.  The group was founded by an Arab scholar and cleric, Ahmed Yassin

In 1967 there was a six-day war fought between Israel and a coalition of Arab states after which Israel occupied Palestinian territory.  Two decades later, in 1987, Yassin established Hamas and Palestinians rose against Israel’s occupation. At first, the movement was called The First Intifada or The First Uprising.  There was a series of violent protests attacking Jews in Israel.

A year later Hamas published their Charter which called for the destruction of Israel and for the establishment of an Islamic society in historic Palestine. Hamas continued their attacks; their targets were civilians.

Currently, Ismail Haniyeh is the designated chairman of Hamas.  He operates from Qatar’s capital Doha. “Hamas leaders have made Qatar their workplace because they had a falling out with their previous hosts – that’s Syria,” Sharma said. “Which brings us to another question who supports and funds Hamas on the geopolitical level?”

Watch the video below to find out

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  1. So Israel was abiding by earlier agreements, like a recent massive increase in work permits to Gazans.
    Israel left Gaza in 2005 & most importantly to note, that Hamas was freely voted in 2007, so it has been not been occupied.
    Nor did the hamas government have to worry about the election cycles that interfere with getting infrastructure & development done in the guidance of Sustainable Development Goals, SDG’s

    …. Israel however was not financing Hamas. It was letting Qatar move money in.
    As outrageous as that was, it was part of the same system that had Israel providing water and power to Gaza.
    And the entire agreement in which Israel regularly transfers money and provides services to the Palestinian Authority which is no better than Hamas. …

    http://www.danielgreenfield.org/2023/10/the-myth-that-israelnetanyahu.html

    The money flow seems tremendous, whether it is just a little from NZ, Australia ,Canada, the EU which tripled theirs from 24 million Euros to 75 million. Then all the Islamic countries also contributing alms..
    What the hell is humanitarian aid, when the sewer pipes are recycled into rockets?

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