The movement’s new policy document could set it on the same disastrous path pursued by the PLO 



Rai al Youm 

Meshaal’s explanation of Hamas’ new programme resembled in many ways the explanations that Arafat gave for the Ten Points and the Independence Document all those years ago. Now as then, it was stressed that there was no question of relinquishing any inch of Palestinian soil, nor the right of return or armed struggle (which was referred to obliquely in the Hamas document under the rubric of ‘all means of resistance’).

al Shabaka, June 5, 2017


the growing raft of what can only be described as racist laws is exposing not just its present acts but also those of the pre- and early post-1948 era. For example, to name just a few, the citizenship and family law, renewed annually since 2003, denies Palestinian citizens of Israel the right to marry Palestinians from the OPT as well as several other countries; the continued destruction of Palestinian villages within Israel as well as the West Bank; and the law to retroactively legalize the theft of private Palestinian land in the West Bank.

al Shabaka, May 30, 2017


Israel does not, in fact, desire two states.


Nel documento il movimento islamico ritiene la “creazione di uno Stato palestinese interamente sovrano e indipendente nelle frontiere del 4 giugno 1967 con Gerusalemme capitale” come “una formula di consenso nazionale”. Linguaggio più morbido rispetto al testo del 1988 ma non c’è il riconoscimento di Israele


Gerusalemme, 2 maggio 2017, Nena NewsHamas non riconosce Israele ma accetta la creazione di uno Stato palestinese in Cisgiordania e Gaza, con capitale Gerusalemme. E’ questa una delle modifiche principali apportate, e annunciate ieri sera, al testo dello Statuto del movimento islamico fondato trent’anni fa, all’inizio della prima Intifada, per combattere Israele e reislamizzare la società palestinese.

The New York Times, May 26, 2017

Credit Christina Hägerfors

I spent several years involved on the Palestinian side of the negotiations and can attest to their futility. Palestinian delegates, who needed permits to enter Israel to participate in talks, were routinely held up at Israeli checkpoints. When we spoke of international law and the illegality of settlements, Israeli negotiators laughed in our faces.