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Israeli airstrike hits U.N. shelter in Gaza, killing at least 15

Israeli airstrike hits U.N. shelter in Gaza, killing at least 15

GAZA CITY, Gaza, July 24 (UPI) --A United Nations school in Gaza, converted into a shelter, was bombed Thursday in an Israeli airstrike that killed at least 15 people, a U.N. spokesman said.
Ed Adamczyk
Explosions in Gaza, Israel seen from International Space Station

Explosions in Gaza, Israel seen from International Space Station

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 24 (UPI) --Astronauts orbiting in the International Space Station witness the rocket fire and explosions in Israel and Gaza.
Brooks Hays
Hamas calls FAA travel ban into Israel 'a great victory'

Hamas calls FAA travel ban into Israel 'a great victory'

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 23 (UPI) --Hamas says FAA ban on U.S. airlines travel to Tel Aviv is a victory and serves to isolate Israel from the rest of the world.
Danielle Haynes
Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel to protest FAA ban

Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel to protest FAA ban

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) --Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Tel Aviv Tuesday to protest the FAA ban on U.S. flights to Israel, arguing that it is perfectly safe.
Aileen Graef
U.N.: Israeli actions in Gaza may be war crimes

U.N.: Israeli actions in Gaza may be war crimes

UNITED NATIONS, July 23 (UPI) --Israel's military actions in Gaza could amount to war crimes, Navi Pillay, the United Nations' top human rights official, told the Human Rights Council.
Ed Adamczyk
In response to FAA travel ban on Tel Aviv airport, Israel reopens southern airport

In response to FAA travel ban on Tel Aviv airport, Israel reopens southern airport

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 23 (UPI) --Israel announced Wednesday it would reopen an old airport in the south of the country in response to FAA concern about the safety of Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv.
JC Finley
Kerry arrives in Israel to push cease-fire initiative

Kerry arrives in Israel to push cease-fire initiative

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 23 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry is in Israel for peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
JC Finley
Jon Stewart shows why it's hard to talk about Gaza-Israel conflict

Jon Stewart shows why it's hard to talk about Gaza-Israel conflict

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) --Jon Stewart began "The Daily Show" Monday illustrating how people can't win for losing when they discuss the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Aileen Graef
FAA directs American carriers to cancel flights to Israel

FAA directs American carriers to cancel flights to Israel

ATLANTA, July 22 (UPI) --The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that all American carriers must cancel their flights to and from Israel for a period of 24 hours.
JC Finley
U.S. issues new travel warning for Israel

U.S. issues new travel warning for Israel

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) --The State Department updated a travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza on Tuesday, given the ongoing conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas.
JC Finley
U.S., U.N. question proportionality of Gaza conflict

U.S., U.N. question proportionality of Gaza conflict

CAIRO, July 22 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a joint press conference on Tuesday in Cairo regarding the situation in Gaza.
JC Finley
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
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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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