Hamas' Charter of Hate

The Hamas charter, published in 1988, details the guiding principles of the group, which has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. Laced with anti-Semitism and racism, the charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel through jihad, or holy war. Hamas leaders continue to reject peace, instead mocking calls by the United States and other nations to change the group's charter or policies. Ahmad Abdel-Aziz Mubarek, a Hamas member elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council, recently said: "The charter represents the main aim and opinions of the movement, so nobody can change it."

Advocating Israel's Destruction and the Subjugation of Jews and Christians:

  • "… the land of Palestine has been an Islamic Waqf (trust) throughout the generations and until the Day of Resurrection. No one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon it or part of it. (Article 11)
  • "Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors." (Within charter's opening statement.)
  • "For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah's victory prevails." (Introduction)
  • "The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinct Palestinian Movement which owes its loyalty to Allah, derives from Islam its way of life and strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine." (Article 6)
  • "The Islamic nature of Palestine is part of our religion." (Article 27)
  • "The members of other religions must desist from struggling against Islam over sovereignty in this region" (Article 31) Supporting Holy War and Wanton Violence:
  • "Allah is its [Hamas'] goal, the Prophet its model, the Quran its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief." (Article 8)
  • "I swear by that who holds in His Hands the Soul of Muhammed! I indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah! I will assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill (told by Bukhari and Muslim)." (Article 15)
  • "The Arab states surrounding Israel are required to open their borders to the Jihad fighters, the sons of the Arab and Islamic peoples, to enable them to play their role and to join their efforts to those of their brothers among the Muslim Brothers in Palestine." (Article 28)
  • "…until the Decree of Allah is fulfilled, the ranks are over-swollen, Jihad fighters join other Jihad fighters, and all this accumulation sets out from everywhere in the Islamic world, obeying the call of duty, and intoning 'Come on, join Jihad!" This call will tear apart the clouds in the skies and it will continue to ring until liberation is completed, the invaders are vanquished and Allah's victory sets in." (Article 33) Fomenting Anti-Semitism:
  • "The enemies (Jews) have been scheming for a long time. … They took advantage of key elements in unfolding events, and accumulated a huge and influential material wealth which they put to the service of implementing their dream. This wealth [permitted them to] take over control of the world media. … They stood behind the French and Communist Resolutions. … They stood behind World War I. … They also stood behind World War II, where they … prepared for the establishment of their state. … There was no war that broke out anywhere without their fingerprints on it." (Article 22)
  • "Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims." (Article 28)
  • "The Zionist invasion is a mischievous one. … It relies to a great extent, for its meddling and spying activities, on the clandestine organizations which it has established, such as the Free Masons, Rotary Clubs, Lions, and other spying associations. All those secret organizations … strive to demolish societies, to destroy values, to wreck answerableness, to totter virtues and to wipe out Islam." (Article 28) Rejecting Peace:
  • "[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith, the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad. …" (Article 13)
  • "There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. The initiatives, proposals and International Conferences are but a waste of time, an exercise in futility. The Palestinian people are too noble to have their future, their right and their destiny submitted to a vain game." (Article 13)