A "new Hamas" through its new documents

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Abstract

Since Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections in January 2006, its political positions as presented in the Western media hark back to its 1988 charter, with almost no reference to its considerable evolution under the impact of political developments. The present article analyzes (with long verbatim extracts) three recent key Hamas documents: its fall 2005 electoral platform, its draft program for a coalition government, and its cabinet platform as presented on 27 March 2006. Analysis of the documents reveals not only a strong programmatic and, indeed, state building emphasis, but also considerable nuance in its positions with regard to resistance and a two-state solution. The article pays particular attention to the sectarian content of the documents, finding a progressive de-emphasis on religion in the three.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-27
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Palestine Studies
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

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A "new Hamas" through its new documents. / Al Hroub, Khaled.

In: Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 35, No. 4, 06.2006, p. 6-27.

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