Back To Bloodshed: How Hamas Views The World

Hamas suicide bombers are setting the agenda in the Holy Land. The group has a branch that runs schools and medical clinics, but it is Hamas' military wing that goes furthest to achieve the goals set out in its well-articulated, unyielding and lengthy founding charter, written in 1988. Its main points:

--Hamas says its intentions are purely religious: "Allah is its target, the Prophet is its example and the Koran is its constitution." But the group's practical goal is to "raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine"--in other words, to eradicate the state of Israel. Because Palestine was...

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