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Ted Cruz booed off stage over Israel comments [WATCH]

Ted Cruz booed off stage over Israel comments [WATCH]

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) --Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off stage at a Christian conference after making comments in support of Israel.
Gabrielle Levy
Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals

Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals

HYANNIS, Mass., Aug. 29 (UPI) --Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., hosted a town hall Aug. 21 where she defended her decision to fund Israel and their airstrikes in Gaza.
Aileen Graef
Israelis skeptical of Netanyahu's Gaza victory claim

Israelis skeptical of Netanyahu's Gaza victory claim

JERUSALEM, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's claim of a significant victory over Hamas in Gaza was met with skepticism by Israelis, a poll indicated.
Ed Adamczyk
Search for Aaron Sofer, missing N.J. student, expands in Israel

Search for Aaron Sofer, missing N.J. student, expands in Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 28 (UPI) --The search for Aaron Sofer expanded Thursday, nearly a week after the 23-year-old American student disappeared while on a hike in the Jerusalem forest.
Gabrielle Levy
Minister to U.N.: Investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza

Minister to U.N.: Investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 27 (UPI) --Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki sent a letter urging foreign governments to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes during the Gaza conflict.
Gabrielle Levy
Gaza open-ended cease-fire begins in Gaza after 50 days of fighting

Gaza open-ended cease-fire begins in Gaza after 50 days of fighting

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 26 (UPI) --An indefinite cease-fire between Hamas and Israel went into effect Tuesday after the sides came to an agreement after weeks of halting negotiations.
Gabrielle Levy
Israeli airstrikes topple Gaza high-rises

Israeli airstrikes topple Gaza high-rises

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Israel has recently ramped up their airstrikes Tuesday resulting in the destruction of high-rises containing homes and shopping centers in Gaza.
Aileen Graef
Hamas official: Extended cease-fire deal

Hamas official: Extended cease-fire deal

CAIRO, Aug. 26 (UPI) --A Hamas official said Tuesday his organization and Israel had come to an agreement on a long-term truce to end the fighting in Gaza.
Gabrielle Levy
New round of Israeli airstrikes kill 8 in Gaza amid rumors of a possible ceasefire

New round of Israeli airstrikes kill 8 in Gaza amid rumors of a possible ceasefire

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 25 (UPI) --A new round of Israeli airstrikes killed at least eight people in Gaza Monday amid rumors of a possible ceasefire agreement.
JC Finley
Hamas executes 18 it claims are Israeli informers, takes credit for kidnapping Israeli teens

Hamas executes 18 it claims are Israeli informers, takes credit for kidnapping Israeli teens

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 22 (UPI) --Hamas publicly executed 18 men it accused of collaborating with Israel Thursday and Friday in retaliation for airstrikes that killed three commanders Wednesday.
Gabrielle Levy
Hamas warning: No flights into Tel Aviv

Hamas warning: No flights into Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Hamas appeared to give a warning the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, will be a target of its rocket fire.
Ed Adamczyk
Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Israeli airstrikes killed three Hamas commanders overnight Wednesday as peace negotiations between Israel and Gaza showed no sign of restarting.
Gabrielle Levy
Israeli airstrike in Gaza targets Hamas commander

Israeli airstrike in Gaza targets Hamas commander

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Israel suspended negotiations and renewed airstrikes in Gaza overnight Tuesday, responding to a burst of Hamas rocket fire that broke nearly six days of calm.
Gabrielle Levy
Rocket fire breaks latest Gaza truce

Rocket fire breaks latest Gaza truce

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Three rockets were fired into southern Israel from Gaza Tuesday, the Israeli military said, interrupting the latest cease-fire agreement.
Ed Adamczyk
Israel demolishes homes of West Bank murder suspects

Israel demolishes homes of West Bank murder suspects

HEBRON, West Bank, Aug. 18 (UPI) --The Hebron, West Bank, homes of two of the three Palestinians suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June were demolished Monday.
Ed Adamczyk
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Exiled Leader of Hamas Khaled Mashaal speaks in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 4, 2011. The rival factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation accord in Cairo after reaching common ground against Israeli occupation and peace efforts. Mashaal said they had a 'common goal; a Palestinian state with full sovereignty on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital'. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the reconciliation between the factions as a 'blow to peace', but the US declined to make any comment. UPI\ Mohammed Hosam
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Hamas (حماس Ḥamās, an acronym of حركة المقاومة الاسلامية Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamat al-Islāmiyyah, meaning "Islamic Resistance Movement") is the Palestinian Islamic or Islamist political party that governs the Gaza Strip. Hamas also has a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Since June 2007 Hamas has governed the Gaza portion of the Palestinian Territories, after it won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliament in the January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections and then defeated the Fatah political organization in a series of violent clashes. The European Union, the United States, Canada, Israel and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization, while the United Nations and nations such as Russia, Turkey, and Switzerland do not.

Based largely on the principles of Islamic fundamentalism gaining momentum throughout the Arab world in the 1980s, Hamas was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated in 1987 and the Hamas Charter affirmed in 1988 that Hamas was founded to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. However, in July 2009, Khaled Meshal, Hamas's Damascus-based political bureau chief, said the organization was willing to cooperate with "a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict which included a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders," provided that Palestinian refugees hold the right to return to Israel and that East Jerusalem be the new nation's capital. Some experts and advocacy groups believe that the Hamas Charter and statements by some Hamas leaders display the influence of antisemitic conspiracy theories, while Hamas officials describe its conflict with Israel as political and not religious.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas affiliated military wing, has launched attacks with both military and civilian victims. Tactics have included rocket attacks and, from 1993 to 2008, suicide bombings. Military targets included Israeli and Egyptian outposts and border crossings and rival Palestinian militias in the occupied territories.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Hamas."
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