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Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad

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The first complete, fully documented portrait of Hamas—its charitable work and its connections to terror

How does a group that operates terror cells and espouses violence become a ruling political party? How is the world to understand and respond to Hamas, the militant Islamist organization that Palestinian voters brought to power in the stunning election of January 200
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 22nd 2007 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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John Somers
2/20. I only managed to read half of this and even that was a real struggle. The author is a treasury department official and this reads like a government policy paper. The author doesn't seem to feel that the Palestinian struggle is justified or that terrorism can ever be a legitimate military response to an overwhelmingly strong enemy and he allows his prejudices to shine forth throughout the book. For example he refers to Sheikh Ahmed Yassin a former leader of Hamas as having bodyguards by co ...more
Foxglove
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dry reading but vital information needed for anyone concerned about world peace.
Nicole
Aug 10, 2007 rated it liked it
While an interesting read to the extent that I knew little about Hamas beforehand, the book became somewhat redundant in the points being made and could have been better organized.
Mani Gobind
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
NO. JUST NO.
Michael Griswold
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad sets out to put into question and discredit the idea that the Political, Chairitable, and Social Wings of Hamas are seperate and instead offers that they are acting covertly as one large unit with varying wings. Starts off kind of slow, to me at least, but really picks up in the middle. The chapter on the recruitment of suicide bombers within the education system is scary, but facinating stuff. One may ask how could anyone support a ...more
Brett C
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-east
Read about the intricacies of this political front-terrorist group as they combine what the title says: politics, charity, and terrorism for the Palestinian territory. A good intro into politics of the Israeli-Arab problem.
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Good book. Another of the books that the US public should read to understand more about how terrorist organizations work by praying on vulnerable societies.
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