Hamas(redirected from Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya)
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an organization founded in 1987 with the aim of establishing an Islamic state in Palestine
[C20: Arabic: zeal; also an acronym for haraka muqawama islamia Islamic Armed Movement]
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a Palestinian Islamic movement engaged in grass roots organizing and terrorism against Israel.
[< Arabic hamas, literally, zeal]
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|Noun||1.||Hamas - a militant Islamic fundamentalist political movement that opposes peace with Israel and uses terrorism as a weapon; seeks to create an Islamic state in place of Israel; is opposed to the PLO and has become a leading perpetrator of terrorist activity in Israel; pioneered suicide bombing|
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
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