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The Hamas Constitution

Below is the officially published version of the UN report on the Hamas constitution.


UNITED NATIONS A General Assembly Distr. GENERAL

A/HRC/S-1/NGO/4 6 July 2006


HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL First special session 5 July 2006

Joint written statement* submitted by the Association for World Education and the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), non-governmental organizations on the Roster

The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.

[4 July 2006]

* The present document contains the statement that was to have been delivered orally by the organization(s) concerned at the first special session. It is issued, unedited and in the original language(s), as received. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the author(s).

GE.06-13021 The Binding Charter of the Current Government of the Palestinian Authority Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas

1. We support wholeheartedly all serious efforts by Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and like-minded political leaders worldwide,to find an acceptable two-state solution of peaceful coexistence between two peoples in that small region – with human dignity for all.

2. However, to understand events in Gaza (and beyond) there is an urgent need to consider the implications of the 1988 Charter of Hamas – available on the net – since Hamas is the legally elected Government of the Palestinian Authority.1

3. We have been alerting the Commission about the dangers of this binding Charter since January 1989.2

4. Regarding peace, its Article 13 is totally negative: “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. (


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