RECOMMENDED READING: “Hamas Celebrates Victory Over Israel”


MEMRI has issued a report detailing how Hamas and other Gazan organizations are presenting their rocket campaign as a victory. The report begins:

In recent days, Hamas and other Gazan organizations have been trying to present their campaign against Israel as victorious. They stressed their power of endurance, reported on the intensity of their rocket attacks on Israel, enumerated their achievements and promised future victories. Following are some examples:   Hamas Announces Its Victory In a press conference held amid the ruins of Hamas’s government compound, which was shelled by Israeli planes, Hamas spokesmen claimed that the destruction of the buildings would not affect the movement’s functioning. Government spokesman Taher Al-Nounou said: ‘From this place we announce our victory. If Netanyahu’s government has shelled this headquarters, it means that it is unable to confront the Palestinian people.’ Fathi Qar’awi, a Palestinian Legislative Council member from Hamas, said: ‘The occupation expected a brief war lasting a few hours against the Palestinian resistance, in which it would demonstrate its strength. But the force of the resistance and the accuracy of its blows took it by surprise. The rockets reached areas the occupation never dreamed [they would reach]in Tel Aviv and East Jerusalem, sparking terror and causing much damage.'[1] On another occasion, the spokesman of Hamas’s military wing, the ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, said: ‘The Iron Dome [air-defense system], which Israel built at a cost of millions to address the rocket [threat], is nothing but a dome of paper.'[2] Hamas Reports Firing Over 1,000 Rockets And Mortars Hamas has highlighted the large number of rockets it has fired into Israel. The Al-Qassam Brigades reported that over 1,000 rockets and mortars have been fired since Wednesday, November 14, 2012. In one of its messages, Hamas bragged that the resistance had fired 70 rockets in a single morning.

Hamas message boasting of intensive attacks against Israel[3]

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The Hamas charter states that it is ” is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and an early media report indicated that shortly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives were present to review Hamas military formations . In 2007,  a Hamas journalist acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons and in 2008, an Israeli TV station reported that Muslim Brotherhood “representatives” had traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the open border to meet with Hamas. Hamas is supported financially and politically by the global Muslim Brotherhood and a NEFA Foundation report has documented the Hamas fund-raising activities of the Union of Good, a coalition of Islamic charities linked to the Brotherhood that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. Previous posts have also discussed the worldwide campaign orchestrated by the global Brotherhood against Israeli actions in Gaza during the 2008-2009 conflict with Israel.

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