The 4th Geneva Convention (international law) specifically states: ” A militarily occupied people have a ‘duty’ to defend themselves” and this includes by use of force.
Hamas is a national Palestinian movement that works with the rest of the Palestinian people and with all national and Islamic factions and bodies, along with the people of conscience all over the world on resisting the Israeli occupation.
Founded on December 14, 1987 by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the group has always striven to liberate the Palestinian land, Jerusalem, and Islamic and Christian holy places and to secure the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland and establish a sovereign Palestinian State.
Hamas is involved in serving the Palestinian people wherever they exist and in every aspect, so that they remain steadfast in their efforts to confront the occupation.
The group has sought to alleviate Palestinian suffering in all possible and effective ways with an ultimate goal to bring an end to the prolonged occupation on historical Palestine.
Hamas is a comprehensive institutional movement taking resistance against the Israeli occupation as its main goal and strategic project.
Hamas is an integral part of the Arab and Islamic nation in identity and affiliation. It is, with the entire Palestinian spectrum and resistance bodies, considered at the forefront in confronting the Israeli occupation which threatens our nation and region.
Hamas is a national liberation movement with a moderate Islamic school of thought that confines its struggle and work in the cause of Palestine, and does not interfere in the affairs of others.
Hamas believes in the unity of its people in all places and the unity of religious, political and intellectual components. It upholds the rights of the Palestinian people and its national constants that Hamas refuses to be waived or compromised.
Hamas limits its struggle against the Israeli occupation only, and has no fight with any party in the world. They do not resist but who attacks the Palestinian people and occupies their motherland. For Hamas, resistance is a mean, not an end.
Hamas does not fight and resist the Israelis because they are Jews, but because they are occupiers. Hamas has no problem with anyone because of their religion, race, sect or idea; its key contradiction, however, is with the occupiers and aggressors.
For Hamas, all types of legitimate resistance are practiced to end the oppression and injustice imposed by Israel, and it is Hamas’s right then to resist with all means, including armed resistance, guaranteed by divine and international laws.
Hamas believes in and practices openness towards everyone, except those who occupied the land and who have been seeking to legitimize occupation and ongoing crimes against the Palestinians.
The movement has always welcomed the communications with all nations and peoples, cultures and civilizations, based on the ground of recognition of the rights of the people of Palestine to liberate their land, and to self-determination.
Hamas exercises democracy inside its institutions, and with its people and partners in Palestine. The movement is committed to the option of free elections and resorting to the polls in constructing the Palestinian political system, and creating all national institutions with the participation of everyone. It also believes in partnership, cooperation with others and coexistence with dissenting views.
A number of the group’s leaders and prominent anti-occupation activists were killed as time has passed by. But that has never prevented Hamas from carrying out its liberation mission in the same enthusiasm, determination, and efficiency the world’s anti-colonization movements have often manifested of.
In September of 2014, Europe removed Hamas from the EU Terror Listdue to Hamas compliance with international law in their resistance against Israeli occupation.
In an interview with Sheikh Ahmed Yassine, founder of Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), he says:
“We don’t hate Jews, we only want them to give us our rights.”
(Source / 19.12.2015)