1 thought on “Hamas: new charter”

  1. The Hamas charter which has now been published is an amended version of the draft to which we referred in our posting of 7 April. The numbering of the articles has been changed. I have not seen the Arabic text of the new version but a quick comparison of the English texts (earlier draft at link, published version at link) shows no substantial change in the key articles which we quoted before, although some of the language has been simplified and clarified, including the key sentence in new article 20 describing a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders as “a formula of national consensus”. The key articles 15, 18 and 19 have become 16, 19 and 20. In the new version the extracts we quoted become:
    16. Hamas affirms that its conflict is with the Zionist project not with the Jews because of their religion. Hamas does not wage a struggle against the Jews because they are Jewish but wages a struggle against the Zionists who occupy Palestine. Yet, it is the Zionists who constantly identify Judaism and the Jews with their own colonial project and illegal entity…
    19. There shall be no recognition of the legitimacy of the Zionist entity. Whatever has befallen the land of Palestine in terms of occupation, settlement building, Judaization or changes to its features or falsification of facts is illegitimate. Rights never lapse.
    20. Hamas believes that no part of the land of Palestine shall be compromised or conceded, irrespective of the causes, the circumstances and the pressures and no matter how long the occupation lasts. Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea. However, without compromising its rejection of the Zionist entity and without relinquishing any Palestinian rights, Hamas considers the establishment of a fully sovereign and independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital along the lines of the 4th of June 1967, with the return of the refugees and the displaced to their homes from which they were expelled, to be a formula of national consensus.

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