Hamas supports Gaza’s protest movement—and that’s a good thing

May 16, 2018 12:40 pm mei.edu
Hamas supports Gaza’s protest movement—and that’s a good thing

My first in-depth conversation on nonviolence with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal came in the months before the Arab Spring uprisings, when the latter was still chairman of Hamas’s politburo. Sitting in his Damascus office, Meshaal underscored that Hamas was open to any strategy that would advance Palestinian self-determination, including nonviolence—“if it would work.” He emphasized that Hamas did not support armed “resistance” simply for the sake of resisting. But, he…

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