Hamas is a complicated and multifaceted organization. It simultaneously encompasses three distinct identities as a social movement, political party, and armed forces.
Elected to majority control of Gaza’s government in 2006, Hamas’ military and political bureaus have separate leadership. If it is, as some Western nations label it, a terrorist organization, it’s probably the only one the world that collects taxes and pays out salaries with social security.
The #AskHamas conversation was quickly co-opted by a deluge of critics who weren’t exactly looking for a deeper understanding or any serious intercultural dialogue. Many questions were left unanswered, so we decided to ask Hamas ourselves and get some real answers.