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Hamas Document of Principles and General Policies (2017) 



Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal released the terror organization’s new “Document of General Principles & Policies” at a press conference on May 1, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. Hamas leaders have emphasized that the new policy document does not replace Hamas’ original charter, but constitutes “development” and “renewal,” which reflect Hamas’ actual policies. • Hamas’ affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood has been omitted, but the document is still Islamic religious in nature. It mentions Allah several times and although there is no reference in the document to “the Land of Palestine” as an Islamic Waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), as in the Hamas’ charter, the new document opens by stating that “Palestine is a land whose status has been elevated by Islam…” It goes on to say that Hamas’ “frame of reference is Islam, which determines its principles, objectives and means,” and that “Palestine is an Arab Islamic land… a blessed sacred land…” The document further dedicates two whole paragraphs in praise of Islam, stating among other things that “Hamas believes that the message of Islam upholds the values of truth, justice, freedom and dignity…” • Hamas still does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and describes “Palestine” as reaching “from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea,” while “the establishment of ‘Israel’ is entirely illegal.” The document emphasizes that "there is no compromise on any part of Palestine under any conditions,” and that “no part of the land of Palestine shall be compromised or conceded.” • The document mentions a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders only as “a national, agreed-upon, and joint formula” and emphasizes that “Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine.”  



 
Fatah Charter 



Note: Fatah's charter was originally written in 1971. The Fatah Charter calling for Israel's destruction is still valid and still appears on the Fatah website: Charter, Article 8: "The Israeli existence in Palestine is a Zionist invasion with a colonial expansive base, and it is a natural ally to colonialism and international imperialism." Charter, Article 19: "Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated." 



 
Palestinian Basic Law (2003, 2005) – The Temporary Palestinian Constitution 



Passed in 2002 and amended in 2003 and 2005, the "Basic Law" serves as the Palestinian constitution until the establishment of the Palestinian state.  



 
Hamas Charter 



Article 1: "The Islamic Resistance Movement: The movement's program is Islam..." Article 2: "The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood." Article 11: "The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine [i.e., all Israel-editor] has been an Islamic Waqf [Trust] throughout the generations and until the Day of Resurrection, no one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon it or part of it." Article 13: "Renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion..." Article 28: "Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims." Article 7: "The Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah's promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said [in a Hadith]: 'The time (of Resurrection) will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0 Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him!'" Article 18: "The women in the house and the family of Jihad fighters, whether they are mothers or sisters, carry out the most important duty of caring for the home and raising the children upon the moral concepts and values which derive from Islam; and of educating their sons to observe the religious injunctions in preparation for the duty of Jihad awaiting them." Article 32: "Only when they [Zionists] have completed digesting the area on which they will have laid their hand, they will look forward to more expansion, etc. Their scheme has been laid out in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion." 



 
PLO Charter (1968) 



Article 7: "It is a national duty to bring up individual Palestinians in an Arab revolutionary manner... He must be prepared for the armed struggle and ready to sacrifice his wealth and his life in order to win back his homeland and bring about its liberation." Article 9: "Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This it is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase. The Palestinian Arab people assert their absolute determination and firm resolution to continue their armed struggle and to work for an armed popular revolution for the liberation of their country and their return to it." Article 10: "Commando action constitutes the nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war. This requires its escalation, comprehensiveness, and the mobilization of all the Palestinian popular and educational efforts and their organization and involvement in the armed Palestinian revolution." Article 20: "Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood." 



 
PLO Charter (1964) 



The original PLO charter from 1964 is identical to the 1968 charter except for article 24. The 1964 charter defined Palestine as the territory of the State of Israel and specifically excluded the West Bank and Gaza Strip from their military objectives. The 1968 version of the charter included both Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip as the Palestinian homeland to be liberated. 








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