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83/ Understanding Hamas: Anti-Authoritarian Perspectives (with Tareq Baconi)

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Out on Saturday July 17th 2021.


This is a conversation with Tareq Baconi, author of the book “Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance” published in 2018.

List of topics discussed:

  • How Hamas is often talked about
  • Contextualising Hamas in recent and ongoing uprisings
  • Hamas and popular protests
  • The Great Return March
  • Hamas and Israel
  • Western hypocrisy on Palestinian democracy, with a focus on the EU and the US
  • Hamas-Fatah relations
  • The horrific costs of the Israeli blockade of Gaza
  • How the Israeli state views Hamas
  • Hamas breaking out of its ‘cage’
  • Does it matter who wins at the Israeli elections?
  • The PA losing legitimacy
  • Hamas’ authoritarianism in Gaza
  • Hamas as a democratic movement
  • Difference between party and government in Gaza
  • Moving beyond the framework of partition and into colonial and apartheid frameworks

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Music by Tarabeat.

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