Synopses & Reviews
The radical Islamic movement Hamas shocked the world when it won a landslide election victory in January 2006 in the Palestinian occupied territories. One of the few journalists not to be surprised by this outcome was Zaki Chehab, who has developed an international reputation as a fearless reporter and was one of the first to interview members of the Iraqi resistance in May 2003. Fluent in Arabic, he is a Palestinian refugee who grew up in UN refugee camps and has unique access to and understanding of Hamas. Like Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon, Chehab shows how Hamas built a formidable social base in Palestine through its welfare programs. He also explains why, in the face of the endless complexities, disappointments, and delays brought about the signing of the Oslo Peace Accord, Hamas's strategy of armed struggle and terrorism offers the Palestinian people a seductive, simple, and deadly alternative.
Journalist Chehab shows how Hamas, the radical Islamic movement, built a formidable social base in Palestine through its welfare programs and explains why Hamas's strategy of armed struggle and terrorism offers the Palestinian people a seductive, simple, and deadly alternative.
What is the real nature of Hamas? Since its astonishing victory in the 2006 Palestinian elections, this has become the most hotly contested question in the Middle East. How does Hamas really operate? What personalities lie beneath the black-and-green uniforms? Inside Hamas is an acclaimed account of Hamas by a world-renowned journalist with unprecedented sources within the secretive militant organization.
An acclaimed account of the secret militant organization by a world-renowned journalist with unprecedented sources
About the Author
Zaki Chehab is political editor of the Arab broadsheet, Al Hayat. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, the New Statesman; and he has made guest appearances on NPR, CNN, and Democracy Now! Chehab lives in London.