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HAMAS. The organization Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyah (Movement of Islamic Resistance), the most important Palestinian Islamist organization in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, is known by its acronym Hamas. A non-Qur'anic word, Hamas also means "zeal." It was established in December 1987, at the very beginning of the Palestinian uprising (intifddah), as the organizational expression of Muslim Brotherhood participation in the anti-Israeli resistance after two decades of Islamic politic ...more

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