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Hamas Supplemental Charter to be Unveiled; Goal of Acceptance Unlikely to be Fulfilled

The Palestinian Hamas faction will, on Monday, unveil what it’s calling a “supplemental charter, the purpose of which is to soften its outward appearance in the hope of encouraging recognition from the international community. The original 1988 version will remain on the books and there will be no explicit mention of the state of Israel. But whether the supplement will “protect [Hamas] against accusations of racism, antisemitism and breaches of international law” as one Hamas official told the French news agency AFP, remains, in the opinion of most, unlikely. The official was also quoted as admonishing that “there will be no recognition of the Zionist entity.” One example of the group’s so-called moderation that has been invoked frequently is that the supplemental charter will, “differentiate between Jews as a religious community on the one hand, and the occupation and Zionist entity on the other.”   Perhaps more significant than the Israel-related semantics is the outreach to Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi, who has remained steadfast in rejecting Hamas and therefore the Hamas-controlled population of the Gaza Strip as offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mentions of the Islamic group by name are deleted from the supplement. Observers see little chance of the new document altering relationships with any of the Western nations.

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