The Terrorist Group That Supports Charity

By Joshua T. Garcia on Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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“America will be annihilated, while Islam will remain.” —Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council from Hamas

In A Nutshell

Palestinian terrorist group Hamas seeks the destruction of the state of Israel. But in between suicide bombings and rocket strikes, Hamas makes time for charity work. The organization regularly funds soup kitchens, schools, and orphanages.

The Whole Bushel

Though a prominent terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of hundreds, Palestinian-based Hamas also supports huge charity efforts on the Gaza Strip. Hamas, an acronym for “Harakat al-Muqawana al-Islamiya” (“Islamic Resistence Movement” in Arabic), is a Sunni Islamist organization that was founded in 1987. Hamas makes up one of two major political factions in Palestine.

Hamas has been in control of the Gaza Strip since 2006, where it primarily operates. It seeks the destruction of the state of Israel and the establishment of an Islamist state in Palestine and Israel. Hamas is also adamant that displaced Palestinians should be allowed to return to their homelands in what is now Israel.

They aren’t shy about using violence to express or accomplish these goals. The group has been responsible for the deaths of around 400 Israelis and 25 Americans since 1993 as a result of mortar strikes, rocket launches, and suicide bombings. But the group has also demonstrated willingness to cooperate with the United States and other nations. Additionally, the group has garnered a reputation among locals as being highly averse to political corruption, part of the reason it was able to break into mainstream politics in the region.

Hamas is also huge into charitable works: Of its $70 million annual budget, a sizable proportion goes toward social services. Hamas is responsible for funding schools, orphanages, soup kitchens, mosques, food banks, health clinics, and even sports leagues. Israeli scholar Reuven Paz has suggested that around 90 percent of Hamas’ activities are charitable in nature.

Ironically, most of Hamas’ own funding may come from charity, including Muslim charities based in the United States and Europe. In 2001, the Bush administration even seized the assets of the Holy Land Foundation, a prominent Islamic charity, on suspicion that it was funneling money to Hamas. The rest of Hamas’ funding comes from public Palestinian funds, private donations, and possibly the government of Iran.

For a terrorist group, Hamas enjoys a decent amount of popularity, thanks in no small part to its devotion to social work. However, that popularity has declined in recent years, especially among younger Gazans: About 70 percent would support demonstrations demanding a regime change in Palestine.

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  • Joseph

    There’s nothing good about Hamas. They’re terrorists.

    • Other then them making time for charity work 😛

      • Joseph

        Nope, they need the schools to launch rockets from.

    • UN

      one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter

      • disqus_NNz0t1GSdz

        Yeah, cause sharia law is all about freedom and stuff…

    • g.g.palin

      But man can they strike a pose.

  • Roman Empire

    so what if they are charity supporters. They are still terrorists. THink of this way

    Suppose a mass murderer killed 99999 people just because of religion. Then he claims to have saved president XX from a terrorist plot. Does that mean he is a good person? No, he still needs to be charged with the 99999 deaths.

    Same with these guys, except they killed a lot more

    • Spartacross

      THink of it this way:

      Suppose people of a nationalistic religion were rounded up and killed in concentrations camps in a specific continent – for a period of three years. Would that then give them the right to invade a land foreign to them for almost 2,000 years, discriminate against, repeatedly insult, persecute, starve, terrorize, exile and kill millions of the native inhabitants for over 50 years in order to steal away their land under the pretext of “never again”?

      Of course not. THEY are they ones doing it again.

      That is why most Orthodox Jews (the ones not funded by the Rotschilds) agree that the worst enemy of Judaism is, in fact, Zionism.
      The first is about spirituality and compassion. The second is about prideful greed and blanket racist hatred.

      • Tyla McCullough

        Bloody well said

  • Brp Goyo

    If all of a sudden some random country seemed in need of “democracy”, will America have money for the cruise missiles?

  • Exiled Phoenix

    Religion in all forms is flawed. What’s the difference between this one and the rest? No religion is in humanities best interest. It is all abhorrent!

  • person55

    This article is so stupid, it seems to imply that all terrorists are terrorists purely for the sake of it. Of course Hamas do charitable work for Palestinians, they are a political movement looking out for what they perceive to be their peoples best interests (whether they are right or not is a whole other question). I clicked on this article hoping to find out that Al-Qaeda adopt Pandas en masse or the IRA donate a lot of clothes to charity shops, all I got was a gross oversimplification of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

  • Red

    A distinction should be made between Hamas and the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

  • disqus_NNz0t1GSdz

    The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.

  • Kaydot Mcdiamonds

    The one problem I have with fundamentalists is their tendencies to want to impose their religion on others. So what if other countries want to follow the west? I certainly don’t want to be muslim, especially since it will result in restrictions of my democratic rights as a woman. If this stuff does not stop we can expect a world war 3 soon.

  • Stevey Boy

    Terrorists? Hamas is the only thing holding Palestine together. Israel has been terrorising Palestine since it’s establishment in 1948, it is an ethnic cleansing. And after all of that you expect the Palestinian people to watch idly by as their homes crumble and their people are slaughtered? Israel has broken over 65 UN resolutions and continues to demolish Palestinian homes and communities even during ‘peace talks’. And who is supporting this monster of a regime? The US and EU.