Hamas
In the News: The Palestinian group Hamas has published its first new policy document which states a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state. The policy states Hamas's struggle is not with Jews but with "occupying Zionist aggressors.” The text is an effort by Hamas, which rules Gaza, to soften its image. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum states, “The document gives us a chance to connect with the outside world. To the world our message is Hamas is not radical. We are a pragmatic and civilized movement. We do not hate Jews. We only fight who occupies our lands and kills our people.” Photo credit: Alisdare Hickson / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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