If HAMAS is a Terrorist Organization, What Does That Make Israel?

Political Perspective by Tim King - Salem-News.Com

It’s time to move past convenient political descriptions.

(SALEM, Ore.) – The term ‘terrorist’ group ranks among the most overused descriptions in existence for a political enemy. Hamas, an acronym of Harakat-Muqawamat al-Islamiyah, meaning “Islamic Resistance Movement”, is the only political group that stands fast for Palestinian human rights-in the face of Israeli occupation[1].

The classification of this elected political group as a “Terrorist Organization” by the U.S., European Union, Israel, Japan, and Canada, is strictly a matter of political convenience and there is no factual basis for the term in this case, unless it is equally applied to Israel, which stands in violation of a long list of war crimes in two conflicts, according to the United Nations.

In the 1990’s, at the request of western diplomats, the political bureau of Hamas stated that the group is: “a Palestinian national liberation movement that struggles for the liberation of the Palestinian occupied territories and for the recognition of Palestinian legitimate rights.”

It is a fact that militarily, or sometimes with brute strength and heavy construction equipment, Israel has been taking possession of Palestine steadily and sometimes in bursts, since first arriving here in 1947.

Israel’s actions frequently are condemned by the world community, but the government of Benjamin Netanyahu has the perpetual blessing and endorsement of the U.S. government and has avoided answering to war crime charges, though Israeli officials are mindful when passing through certain nations that they would be arrested in some cases and held for an International Tribunal.

The map tells the entire story of Palestine and Israel, and for some will explain why a group like Hamas puts its foot down over the seizure of land and elimination of its own people. It is extremely important to comprehend that this land was, in spite of propaganda to the contrary, indeed Palestine. It is also important to note that prior to the formation of Israel, the cultures and different religious faiths co-existed.

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