Hamas – is a radical fundamentalist group founded on December 14, 1987 by the Muslim Brotherhood who has close ties to CAIR.
- Hamas has a close working relationship with Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terror organization that is one of Hamas’ major suppliers of weaponry. Hamas is best known for using violent methods — including suicide bombings against Israeli military and civilian targets — to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic Palestinian state.
- Hamas official Nizhar Riyah declared on May 21 that “Hamas is determined to wipe Israel off the map and replace it with the state of Palestine.”
- According to the Charter, those against whom jihad is to be directed are the Jews. “The Nazism of the Jews,” it says, “does not skip women and children, it scares everyone. They make war against people’s livelihood, plunder their moneys and threaten their honor.” Hamas seeks to fulfill the Qur’anic scripture which reads: “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!” To view additional quotes from the Hamas Charter, click here.
- In March 2005, FBI Director Robert Mueller stated, “Of all the Palestinian groups, Hamas has the largest presence in the United States with a strong infrastructure … [and] is theoretically capable of facilitating acts of terrorism in the United States.”
- In the summer 2007 Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) trial (which looked into evidence of HLF’s fundraising on behalf of Hamas), the U.S. government released a list of approximately 300 of HLF’s “unindicted co-conspirators” and “joint venturers.”
- During the months after longtime Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was been ousted from power in early 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood, out of which Hamas grew, became an increasingly powerful force in Egypt. In mid-2011, Hamas moved its headquarters from Damascus to Egypt. According to an Egyptian official quoted by an Arab news agency, al-Qaeda also had brought some 400 terrorists into the area.
- Hamas and Hezbullah are also suspected of actively assisting Mexican Drug Cartels with tunneling into the U.S.