How Did “Hamas” turn Palestinian Public to its powerful incubators? Featured

By By: Raafat Marrah December 25, 2023 2810





“Al-Aqsa Flood” operation carried out by the “Al-Qassam Brigades,” the military wing of “Hamas,” on the morning of October 7, 2023, with its precision and success that astonished the world and shook the Zionist entity, and humiliated the violent “Israeli” terrorism that kills Palestinians and destroys Gaza and its facilities, along with the Palestinian community's endurance of this massive amount of terrorism, and the presentation of the people of Gaza with these sacrifices that exceed description and ordinary human endurance; this opened the door to a significant question that became the subject of discussion and research for various parties and observers: How did “Hamas” succeed in building this popular base around it? How did it manage to harness this support from various segments of society? How are people rallying around “Hamas,” trusting it, offering these sacrifices, and enduring and persevering?

This is a valid question, especially given the current global attention on “Hamas” and Gaza. Any development or action in Gaza, regardless of its size or nature, is closely monitored by the world.

Here, we will try to answer this significant question objectively.

Firstly, “Hamas” is an Islamic movement rooted in Islam—ideologically, intellectually, ethically, in its dealings, and in advocating for human freedom. It views Palestine from a religious perspective that holds high Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Isra and Mi'raj journey, and the victories of the noble companions.

“Hamas” is guided by pure Islamic values, spiritual convictions, and relying on Allah and seeking His approval by embracing readiness, sacrifice, patience, and victory.

Secondly, “Hamas” is simultaneously a national project that views Palestine as a homeland and an occupied land, urging all the people of this homeland to act for its liberation. “Hamas” embodies a national project with national goals, values, and aspirations. Along with the belief in the liberation of the land, it also believes in human freedom and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

Thirdly, “Hamas” represents a continuation of Palestinian national history, carrying on the Palestinian national journey that has passed through various stages. These include the “Balfour Declaration” in 1917, the “Al-Buraq” or "Wailing Wall Uprising” in 1929, the “Sheikh Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Revolution” in 1935, “The Great Revolt” in 1936, the Palestinian people's resistance during the “Nakba” in 1948, and the beginning of the “Palestinian Revolution” in 1965.
Therefore, “Hamas” today continues this glorious history with the Palestinian people, carrying the goals of the past, present, and future.

Fourthly, “Hamas” originated from a Palestinian decision within the Palestinian environment, born from the heart of the people. It is a product of society, the suffering, the misery of the Nakba, the hardship of Palestinians residing in their land, and the displaced refugees, the result of the exodus of people who were forcibly displaced from their land in 1948. They endured agony during the various stages of the Zionist occupation, experiencing its violence, terrorism, injustice, and arbitrary actions.

Fifthly, the leaders, cadres, and members of “Hamas” come from the Palestinian community. They live among the people, pray in mosques, study in schools, and work in markets and professions. Their homes are like the homes of all Palestinians, and their lives resemble the lives of all Palestinians. They share the social status of all Palestinians. They have experienced the oppression and injustice of the occupation and have participated in all stages of the Palestinian national struggle. However, they moved towards the formation of the “Hamas” movement due to the political and military developments in the Palestinian struggle and the nature of the Palestinian cause.

Sixthly, the Palestinian community has witnessed the sincerity, ethics, virtue, humility, and humanity demonstrated by the leaders and members of “Hamas,” such as Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rantisi, as well as the leaders of the Islamic Movement in Jerusalem, Hebron, and Nablus. People have felt the sincerity of these leaders and their closeness to them.

Seventhly, “Hamas” has worked to establish preaching, educational, social, humanitarian, scientific, and sports institutions, both for men and women, serving the Palestinian people. These institutions have alleviated the difficult social reality and assisted people in overcoming health, service, or educational challenges. Most importantly, the Palestinian people have felt the level of “Hamas's” concern for them and its efforts to alleviate their burdens.

Eighthly, the resistance project launched by “Hamas” since its beginning has been a source of trust. This project carried goals of liberation, statehood, and the return of refugees. The Palestinian society witnessed how the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) abandoned these goals and signed the “Oslo Accords,” committing to protect the occupation and recognize it. Subsequent developments revealed that the “Palestinian Authority” had become a security tool for the occupation to eradicate Palestinian goals and promote the interests of the occupier.

Then the Palestinians witnessed how the occupation arrests and assassinates leaders of “Hamas,” while other Palestinian leaders socialize with “Israeli” security officials in “Tel Aviv” nightclubs and receive a “VIP” card.Top of Form

Ninthly, elections were held in the West Bank and Gaza, where “Hamas” consistently garnered popular support. This was evident in local elections in 2005, parliamentary elections in 2006, as well as elections for unions, professions, and universities. These election results are evidence of people's trust in “Hamas” and its project.

Then the Palestinian society observed how the world conspired to invalidate the results of the elections simply because “Hamas” emerged victorious.

Tenthly, “Hamas” leaders have been subjected to assassination or arrests. The sons of “Hamas” leaders are either in detention, martyrs, in trenches, or engaged in the frontlines against the occupation. They are not in hotels or restaurants or preoccupied with financial investments, nor are they bowing down to the “Israeli” military ruler to endorse their deals.

Eleventhly, “Hamas” has undoubtedly gained significant popular support from the practices of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's (PLO) leadership and the “Palestinian Authority.” These entities exerted dominance over institutions and decisions, were tarnished by financial corruption, suppressed the people, arrested resistance members, protected collaborators and traitors, labeled the resistance as “terrorists,” collaborated with the occupation on security matters, withdrew when the “Israeli” forces advanced, compromised on the Palestinian cause and national principles, and rejected the representation of “Hamas” and the resistance forces in Palestinian institutions. These leaders sought the support of the occupation, compromised ethically and nationally, and remained silent when “Israeli” attacks targeted Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa, cities, and villages.

Twelfthly, the Palestinian people and the world witnessed the rise of the “Al-Qassam Brigades,” their accumulated experiences, the dedication of their members, the creativity of their leaders, and their sacrifices since their establishment. The “Al-Qassam Brigades” have presented a model of resistant military performance that has astonished the occupation for 35 years. They evolved from using bullets to rockets, engaging in infiltration operations, capturing prisoners, manufacturing various weapons, striking the occupation deeply, reaching “Tel Aviv,” launching air and naval operations, liberating Palestinian prisoners, and shattering the image of the occupation, which withdrew from Gaza in 2005 due to the strikes of the resistance.

The Palestinian people observed and followed the transformations and events as individuals endowed with awareness, freedom, and independence. They found that “Hamas” is a sincere, conscious, and responsible movement worthy of trust in achieving their aspirations and goals.

Over 35 years, the Palestinian people found that “Hamas” remained steadfast on its path, sincere in its promises, adhering to its principles, and sacrificing for the freedom of the people. It struck the occupation deeply, inflicting astonishing and shocking losses.

The “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation has been the largest and most significant operation that shook the occupation, amazed the world, and diminished the enemy's legend.

This is where “Israeli” terrorism retaliated against civilians!

And from here came the Palestinian and global solidarity with “Hamas.”


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