TITLE

Inside HAMAS

AUTHOR(S)
McGeary, Johanna; Hamad, Jamil; Klein, Aharon; Rees, Matt
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Time;4/5/2004, Vol. 163 Issue 14, p44
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We waited on the beach to meet a killer.The man we had come to see carried out murder operations for Hamas, the militant organization bent on reclaiming all of historic Palestine from Israel. Two months after I met Mohammed, the Israeli newspaper Ma' ariv printed a deck of cards showing 34 Hamas leaders targeted for assassination and were able to kill him. Last week the Cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon attempted to deliver Hamas the most punishing blow yet, by approving the assassination of the group's founder and spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin. Even before Yassin's death provided them with a fresh excuse for armed attacks, leaders of Hamas were predicting that in advance of the Gaza pullout their militants would step up attacks on Israeli forces and against the Israeli homeland. In the short term, few expect that the killing of Yassin will do anything to deter Hamas, which derives most of its power not from individual leaders but from the appeal of its ideas to a generation of despairing Palestinians. Today Hamas' influence is as powerful as any in Palestinian society.The movement has constructed a cradle-to-grave network that gently draws Palestinians into the Hamas fold. The group funds a vast range of bread-and-butter programs in education, family aid, orphan care and sports. It builds mosques, clinics and libraries. It runs an extensive distribution network for the needy. Just as important, the men of Hamas, from top to bottom, have won a reputation for scrupulous honesty .For the time being, the strike against Yassin has returned the focus of Hamas' wrath to its true enemy. Whatever possibilities were percolating of Hamas considering a peaceful solution have been overwhelmed by the movement's declaration of "open war." The Sharon government too is consumed by the idea that might can prevail.
ACCESSION #
12659432

 

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