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Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire

GAZA, July 31 (UPI) --Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire set to begin Friday morning.
Danielle Haynes
IDF: We do not target U.N. facilities

IDF: We do not target U.N. facilities

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 31 (UPI) --A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in an interview Tuesday that Israel has never targeted a U.N. facility.
Aileen Graef
Arab states offer little help to Hamas

Arab states offer little help to Hamas

CAIRO, July 31 (UPI) --A coalition of Arab states has deliberately not taken sides in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the governing body of Gaza.
Ed Adamczyk
Russell Brand slams Sean Hannity for 'childish' Gaza segment

Russell Brand slams Sean Hannity for 'childish' Gaza segment

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Russell Brand slammed Sean Hannity's "Sympathy for the Terrorists" segment, calling it "childish" and "unreasonable" on his Internet show, "The Trews."
Aileen Graef
Israel activates 16,000 reservists, vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

Israel activates 16,000 reservists, vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

JERUSALEM, July 31 (UPI) --Israel will call up another 16,000 reservists to aid military efforts in Gaza, despite international calls for an immediate cease-fire.
Matt Bradwell
Back to square one

Back to square one

Arnaud de Borchgrave: Chaos and anarchy and religious extremism are spreading from Libya to Iraq, moving into the vacuum of retreating U.S. military power.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Pro-Palestinian activists hold 'die-in' at Chicago City Hall to protest Boeing

Pro-Palestinian activists hold 'die-in' at Chicago City Hall to protest Boeing

CHICAGO, July 30 (UPI) --Supporters of Palestine gathered in Chicago Wednesday, pretending to die to protest aircraft maker Boeing's involvement in the city's Air & Water Show.
Matt Bradwell
White House: Alleged leaked Obama-Netanyahu transcript a fake

White House: Alleged leaked Obama-Netanyahu transcript a fake

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) --The White House struck down rumors of a leaked transcript of Sunday's phone call between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
JC Finley
Hamas rejects cease-fire proposal in Gaza

Hamas rejects cease-fire proposal in Gaza

GAZA CITY , Gaza, July 29 (UPI) --A call by Palestinian leadership for a 24-hour truce in the conflict between Israel and Gaza was rejected Tuesday by Hamas, the governing body in Gaza.
Ed Adamczyk
Israel bombs Gaza's only power plant as Netanyahu promises 'prolonged campaign'

Israel bombs Gaza's only power plant as Netanyahu promises 'prolonged campaign'

GAZA, July 29 (UPI) --Gaza's only power station was destroyed by Israeli missiles Tuesday, the latest in the increasingly volatile conflict between the Israeli government and Hamas.
Matt Bradwell
Playground, hospital hit as Gaza war escalates

Playground, hospital hit as Gaza war escalates

JERUSALEM, July 28 (UPI) --Explosions at a Palestinian playground and near a Gaza City hospital ended an informal pause in hostilities in Gaza Monday.
Ed Adamczyk
U.N. secretary-general calls on Hamas and Israel to address 'root cause' of conflict

U.N. secretary-general calls on Hamas and Israel to address 'root cause' of conflict

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) --The U.N. secretary-general, back from Mideast peace negotiations, called "for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" between Israel and Hamas.
JC Finley
U.N. Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional' Mideast cease-fire

U.N. Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional' Mideast cease-fire

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) --The U.N. Security Council issued a statement early Monday calling for an "immediate and unconditional" humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
JC Finley
Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce; U.N. appealing to Israel

Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce; U.N. appealing to Israel

JERUSALEM, July 27 (UPI) --After initially saying no, Hamas has agreed to a 24-hour cease-fire as the United Nations appeals to Israel.
Danielle Haynes
Israel OKs 24-hour truce; Hamas considering

Israel OKs 24-hour truce; Hamas considering

GAZA, July 26 (UPI) --A 24-hour truce is under consideration by Hamas; has already been approved by Israel.
Danielle Haynes
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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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