Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002

The Hamas Militant

The name is short for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya (Islamic Resistance Movement), but in Arabic hamas simply means "zeal." Throughout the year, the Muslim fundamentalist group showed that growing numbers of young men — and women — are willing to blow themselves up for their cause. But many Palestinians fear that with each attack international support for that cause withers.