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Title: Inside Hamas: The Untold Story of Militants, Martyrs and Spies
Author: Zaki Chehab
What is the real nature of Hamas? Since their astonishing victory in the 2006 Palestinian elections, this has become the most hotly-contested question in the Middle East. How do they really operate? How 'Islamic' are they? What personalities lie beneath the black-and-green uniforms? In this explosive book, Palestinian-born journalist, Zaki Chehab draws on his unique insider sources to tell the story of this radical movement as it has never been told before. He shows how Hamas developed with the implicit encouragement of the Israelis (they bought their first weapons cache from the Shin Bet, Israel's domestic security agency), who wanted to weaken Fatah.
He uncovers the extent of the Israeli intelligence services' penetration of the organisation, even at the highest levels. Interviewing key figures, he offers completely new insights in to Hamas. He reveals for the first time how they prepare their 'martyrs' for suicide bombing attacks. He investigates their relationship with other groups, such as Hezbollah and Al Qaeda. The picture which emerges is of a political leadership driven above all else by a desire for power. This authoritative book is essential reading for anyone who cares about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the future of the Middle East.
UK Publisher: I.B. Tauris (World ex US and Arabic)
US Publisher: Nation Books
Rights: All other rights available
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Understanding the nature of Hamas is essential to understanding
Jon Snow, Channel 4 News
A most illuminating and riveting read. This account takes the
reader through the faltering steps that brought Hamas from the shadows of
Dr. Rosemary Hollis, Director of Research, The Royal Institute of International Affairs