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Hamas Upholds Palestine’s Right to Exist

Hamas Upholds Palestine’s Right to Exist


By Genevieve Cora Fraser

Palestinians elected Hamas to uphold their rights. They believe Israel exits “in fact” but is illegitimate under international law which prohibits the acquisition of territory by force.

Historically, Palestine has existed for thousands of years. Less than 60 years ago organized Zionism, which represents some but not all European/American Jews, attempted to acquire 54% of historic Palestine through United Nations Resolution 181. Failing that, in spring 1948 well-funded Zionist forces spear-headed by terrorists groups (Irgun and Stern Gangs) acquired 78% of historic Palestine, through massacre and ethnic cleansing, and then declared itself the state of “Israel.”

To secure legitimacy, under UN Resolution 194, Israel was mandated to accept the Palestinian “Right to Return” to their homes “and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property.”

Israel refused to comply. Instead, in 1967 under the pretext of the Six Day War with Egypt, Jordon and Syria, it grabbed what remained of Palestine - the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip – now referred to as Occupied Palestine. Resolution 242 ordered Israel to withdraw its armed forces from Palestine. But once again, Israel thumped its nose at international law.

Today Palestinians comprise the largest refugee population in the world (a true Diaspora) and have endured the longest, most brutal occupation in modern times. The legitimately elected Hamas government demands that Palestinian rights be upheld. Isn’t it time for Israel to reject violence and recognize Palestine’s right to exist?

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