The War For Independence From Israel

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Hamas, a democratically elected organization, has been waging a war for independence from Israel since its founding in 1987. This fighting has intensified steadily after its successful election in January 2006. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization, therefore Gaza, their ruling territory, has been nearly completely cut off from the most basic supplies. Death, disease and famine are rampant in this city of 1.4 million people. Hamas has been helping the poor, giving them money, food and medical supplies, while bolstering community support for their organization. "Approximately 90 percent of its (Hamas’) work is in social, welfare, cultural, and educational activities," writes the Israeli scholar Reuven Paz. Born of displaced mothers and dead fathers, many of the members of Hamas have had their lives ruined by the Israeli occupation of their homeland. It is not difficult for Hamas to recruit new members, as there are many violently affected by the occupation. However, Hamas, with all its support in Gaza and abroad, is severely lacking in weapons compared to the Israeli army, and has resorted to firing rockets across the border. Many have condemned these attacks, and Israel often retaliates, sometimes with extreme force. Why do they then continue? Is it because they remember their loved ones, killed in their homes from Israeli soldiers and airstrikes? Or maybe because they have grown up without reliable access to drinking water, while they watch Israeli settlers

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