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Osama Hamdan

Osama Hamdan in Beirut, 2009

Osama Hamdan ([1]

Early life

Hamdan was born in the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip to a Palestinian refugee family that fled the village of al-Batani al-Sharqi during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He attended high school in Kuwait, graduating in 1982. He then enrolled at the Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in 1986. While he was at the university, Hamdan became an activist with the Islamic Student Movement. He returned to Kuwait after graduating and worked in the industrial sector until the Gulf War in 1990.[1]

Hamas representative

After leaving Kuwait, Hamdan worked at the Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian factions who have established contacts with Iran. It is merely rumours and speculation."[2]

In 1998, Hamdan was appointed as Hamas representative in Lebanon, a post he still holds. In 2004, he served as Hamas' spokesman in Cairo during a dialogue between Palestinian factions. He has also participated in talks between Hamas and European officials.[1] Hamdan has advocated Palestinian unity talks and in an interview with Al-Arabiya on May 20, 2009, he said "I understand that each of us [Hamas and Fatah ] must set conditions to reach an agreement. National dialogue must be based on national interests of the Palestinian people..."[3]

In an interview which aired on Al-Jadid/New TV on May 4, 2011 (as translated by MEMRI), Hamdan stated that "politically, the two-state solution is over" and that "we are entering the phase of the liberation of Palestine... the notion of Return: the return of the refugees to their homeland, and the return of the Israelis to the countries from which they came."[4][5]

In an interview which aired on the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel on July 28, 2014 (as translated by MEMRI had edited and 'cut' his words in a selective manor taking them out of context, going onto to remark that 'we are not against Jews, we are against the Israeli occupation'.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Palestinian Personalities - H Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs.
  2. ^ Chehab, 2007, p.142.
  3. ^ Hamdan says progress made on talks due to compromise Hamas urges coexistence under Palestinian rule Al-Arabiya. 2009-05-20.
  4. ^ Osama Hamdan, Head of the Hamas Foreign Liaisons: Armed Confrontation Will Continue to Be "the Backbone of the Resistance", the Israelis Must Return to Their Countries of Origin, Clip No. 2949 (transcript), MEMRITV.org, May 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Osama Hamdan, Head of the Hamas Foreign Liaisons: Armed Confrontation Will Continue to Be "the Backbone of the Resistance", the Israelis Must Return to Their Countries of Origin Al-Jadid/New TV (Lebanon), Clip No. 2949 (video), MEMRITV.org, May 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Top Hamas Official Osama Hamdan: Jews Use Blood for Passover Matzos, MEMRITV, Clip No. 4384 (transcript), July 28, 2014. (video clip available here)
  7. ^ Blood libel: the myth that fuels anti-Semitism by Candida Moss and Joel Baden, special to CNN, August 6th, 2014.

Further reading

  • Chehab, Zaki (2007). Inside Hamas: the untold story of militants, martyrs and spies. I.B. Tauris.  

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