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John Kerry caught on hot mic talking about conflict in Israel

John Kerry caught on hot mic talking about conflict in Israel

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) --John Kerry was confronted by Fox News' Chris Wallace after he was caught speaking on a hot mic about the conflict in Gaza as he was preparing for an interview.
Aileen Graef
Gaza officials: Families killed in conflict

Gaza officials: Families killed in conflict

GAZA CITY, Gaza, July 21 (UPI) --The Palestinian death toll reached 500 after Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Sunday night, with Gaza officials claiming entire families have been killed.
Ed Adamczyk
Hamas says it captured Israeli soldier

Hamas says it captured Israeli soldier

GAZA, July 20 (UPI) --Hamas spokesman says the group captured an Israeli soldier during fighting Sunday.
Danielle Haynes
Israeli attack on town of Shaja'ia kills dozens

Israeli attack on town of Shaja'ia kills dozens

GAZA, July 20 (UPI) --Shelling on town of Shaja'ia results in the deaths of 60 people and injuries of 300 as hundreds flee.
Danielle Haynes
Gaza death toll tops 300

Gaza death toll tops 300

GAZA, July 19 (UPI) --Death toll in Gaza tops 300 Saturday as Hamas slips through tunnels to Israel.
Danielle Haynes
Hamas: Israeli ground attack will have consequences

Hamas: Israeli ground attack will have consequences

JERUSALEM, July 17 (UPI) --Hamas spokesman says 'Israel will pay a heavy price for' ground attack.
Danielle Haynes
Pro-Israel rally draws 1,000 to Farragut Square

Pro-Israel rally draws 1,000 to Farragut Square

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) --As the latest fighting continued to escalate between Israel and Gaza, a thousand exuberant supporters of Israel rallied near the White House.
Rachel Menitoff and Carolyn Freundlich, Medill News Service
Jon Stewart highlights disparities in Israeli-Gaza conflict

Jon Stewart highlights disparities in Israeli-Gaza conflict

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 17 (UPI) --Returning from the Daily Show's summer break Monday, Jon Stewart did a segment on the disparities in the defense systems in Israel and Gaza.
Aileen Graef
Israel proclaims 'humanitarian cease-fire' in Gaza

Israel proclaims 'humanitarian cease-fire' in Gaza

JERUSALEM, July 16 (UPI) --Israel announced a cessation of bombing Gaza Wednesday, saying it will conduct a five-hour truce on Thursday.
Ed Adamczyk
Israel warns Gaza residents of further airstrikes

Israel warns Gaza residents of further airstrikes

JERUSALEM, July 16 (UPI) --Israel warned 100,000 Gaza residents to abandon their neighborhoods Wednesday after a night of airstrikes against the homes and offices of Hamas leaders.
Ed Adamczyk
'Yo' app being used to alert Israelis of Hamas rocket attacks

'Yo' app being used to alert Israelis of Hamas rocket attacks

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 15 (UPI) --The seemingly frivolous Yo app is now being used to alert Israelis of impending rocket attacks so they have time to seek shelter.
Aileen Graef
First Israeli death reported in conflict with Gaza

First Israeli death reported in conflict with Gaza

JERUSALEM, July 15 (UPI) --The six-hour cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas began and ended Tuesday, as the first Israeli fatality was reported.
Ed Adamczyk
Israel resumes airstrikes after Hamas balks at cease-fire

Israel resumes airstrikes after Hamas balks at cease-fire

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 15 (UPI) --Israel resumed its airstrike on the Gaza Strip Tuesday after Hamas refused to accept an Egyptian cease-fire proposal and fired rockets at Israel.
Aileen Graef
Israeli military says it shot down drone from Gaza

Israeli military says it shot down drone from Gaza

ASHOD, Israel, July 14 (UPI) --Israeli military officials said Monday that its forces downed a drone sent from Gaza along its southern coastline near the city of Ashod.
Brooks Hays
Neil Young cancels Tel Aviv concert

Neil Young cancels Tel Aviv concert

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 13 (UPI) --Neil Young canceled concert in Tel Aviv due to hostilities.
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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