A pan-Arab news channel publishes what it says is the text for the new and much-anticipated charter of the Gaza-based terror group Hamas.
Contradicting previous reports, the text published by the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen does not explicitly state that Hamas is prepared to accept a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders.
While the text calls for “the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state along June 4, 1967 lines, with the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes,” the Hamas document stops short of endorsing the plan, instead calling it a “national consensus formula.”
In multiple places, the published text says Hamas will not retract its call to retake all of historic Palestine through violent means.
“Hamas will not give up on any part of the land of Palestine no matter the reasons, circumstances or pressures, and no matter how long the occupation remains. Hamas rejects any alternative to completely liberating Palestine from the river to the sea,” the charter reportedly says.
Hamas also attempts to do away with the anti-Semitic content found in the group’s original charter from 1988.
“Hamas distinguishes between the Jews, as the people of the book (i.e., Bible), and Judaism as a religion on the one hand, and between the occupation and the Zionist project, on the other hand, and believes that the conflict with the Zionist project is not a conflict with the Jews because of their religion,” the published text says.
The report says Hamas will declare the new charter in the coming days.
— Dov Lieber