Hamas: Resistance and the Transformation of Palestinian Society

In this chapter from the edited volume Understanding Islamic Charities, Haim Malka explores the charitable activity and community activism of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He argues that without an internal Palestinian accommodation and a basic ceasefire with Israel, it will be increasingly difficult for Hamas to operate, govern, and promote its social agenda. Practical approaches do not signal a retreat from Hamas’ overall agenda nor abandonment of its multifaceted strategy of resistance. Such political shifts, whether tactical or strategic, will not alter Hamas’ ultimate goal of creating a Palestinian state based on Islamic principles.