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Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance


October 7, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tareq Baconi
Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network
States and Non-state Actors in the Middle East Series
Tareq Baconi discusses his new book Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance (Stanford University Press, 2018). Hamas rules Gaza and the lives of the two million Palestinians who live there. Demonized in media and policy debates, various accusations and critical assumptions have been used to justify extreme military action against Hamas. The reality of Hamas is, of course, far more complex. Hamas is a multifaceted liberation organization that is rooted in the nationalist claims of the Palestinian people.

Hamas Contained offers the first history of the group on its own terms. Drawing on interviews with organization leaders, as well as publications from the group, Tareq Baconi maps Hamas's thirty-year transition from fringe military resistance towards governance. He breaks new ground by questioning the conventional understanding of Hamas, and shows how the movement's ideology ultimately threatens the Palestinian struggle and, inadvertently, its own legitimacy.

Hamas's reliance on armed struggle as a means of liberation has failed in the face of a relentless occupation designed to fragment the Palestinian people. As Baconi argues, with Israel's approach of managing rather than resolving the conflict, Hamas's demand for Palestinian sovereignty has effectively been neutralized by its containment in Gaza. This dynamic has perpetuated a deadlock characterized by its brutality, and has made permissible the collective punishment of millions of Palestinian civilians.
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Location: Penthouse

Event Type: BC Event