Ghazi Hamad Criticizes Hamas, Calls for Performance Review
Asharq Al-Awsat 8 September 2017
Gaza- Senior Hamas official Ghazi Hamad criticized the Gaza Strip-ruling
party for its political decisions saying that all Palestinian people, across
the spectrum, must be given equal rights and importance.
He said that Hamas should extend its limited coverage of Palestinians and
re-embrace the idea of diversity and a uniting and greater national
In a long article published on his blog, Hamad says that Hamas has stalled
for overbearing decades, failing to present a comprehensive political
policy. He said that the party’s decisions are hardly keeping up with the
pace of accelerated regional events.
“For 30 years, Hamas has not succeeded in crystallizing or adopting a mature
strategic policy to attract the various components of society, missing
golden opportunities that could strengthen its presence among the people,”
wrote Hamad, who held several positions within the controversial movement
and is close to Yahya al-Sinwar, Gaza’s newly elected prime minister. Sinwar
also is the contentious military leader of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
Hamad believes that the movement’s preoccupation with local governance came
at the cost of its regional role—making way for Fatah to seize the
opportunity of taking on a greater role in controlling the Palestinian
political movement in Arab and internal arenas.
He pointed out that Hamas could have been a strong partner in the Palestine
Liberation Organization and that it would have an influential decision in
the Palestinian decision-making processes only if it first succeeds in
settling its differences with Fatah.
Hamad considered that the basic problem facing Hamas since its inception is
its failure to carry out real and practical reviews, and a comprehensive
evaluation of its performance and practices in politics and governance. This
is what makes the evaluation process vulnerable to exposure or detracting
from it. He said that the movement is calculated to maintain its strength,
attract young people, build a military force and a solid base of charitable
work, and repel attempts to liquidate the case and adhere to the constants.
“Hamas needs a revolutionary development to alter its rhetoric, especially
in terms of political awareness– which is a great factor in the failure of
Islamic movements that failed in the experience of governance,” Hamad said.
Hamas-affiliated political analyst Ibrahim al-Madhoun criticized the
movement saying it is unfair to subject the people to a crisis-making
The political analyst from the West Bank, Essam Shawar, who is close to
Hamas, said Hamad’s article was not about criticism, but about secularism.