In the mid-1990s, the Kuwaiti magazine “Mugtama” which is affiliated with the Brotherhood interviewed Ahmad Yassin, the historic leader of the Hamas movement. The headline predicted Israel’s demise before the millennium. Yassin spoke in a dream-like manner and refused to head in the direction of a conflict with the Palestinian Liberation Organization despite all provocations and cited the Quranic verse: “If you should raise your hand against me to kill me, I shall not raise my hand against you to kill you.” Few decades later, Hamas announced its new charter in which it amended its founding charter.
In the charter it announced on May 2, Hamas voiced its worry over its current situation due to political and ideological considerations and international changes. The movement has never denied its Brotherhood roots since its establishment in December 1987. Its founding charter stipulates that Hamas is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and is influenced by it, and it also commended the Brotherhood’s ideology. However, there is currently an international and regional wave against the Brotherhood which has been listed as a terror group by some countries. The current American administration has hinted that it will list the group’s cadres on its terror list. This made Hamas enhance its presence in the international legal arena in order to shield itself from any harm as a result of its Brotherhood affiliations.
Meanwhile, the peace process in the Middle East has been revived and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently met with US President Donald Trump. Hamas is now trying – in theory – to integrate more into the political process instead of being addicted to suicide operations and focusing on moves that violate the context of resistance as legitimized by international laws.
Part of the struggle
The Hamas movement is part of the struggle between Palestinians and IsraelisFahad Suleiman Shoqiran