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Hamas

POLITICAL PARTY

In English it is the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas is an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamia, founded 1987 from portions of the Muslim Brotherhood. After the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, perhaps 40% of Palestinians support Hamas.

Founding Date:
1987

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ismail Haniyeh
Activist
1962   Prime Minister of Palestine, 2006-07
Moussa Marzook
Activist
1951   Head of the Hamas politburo
Khaled Mashaal
Activist
1956   Hamas bureau chief in Damascus
Abdel Aziz Rantisi
Activist
23-Oct-1947 17-Apr-2004 Hamas co-founder
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
Religion
18-Dec-1936 21-Mar-2004 Hamas spiritual leader
Mahmoud Zahar
Activist
1945   Hamas co-founder, spokesman


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