[quote="Guyonthestreet, post:16, topic:202236"]
Well, if you insist.
You say: Hamas is now believed to directly represent the political views of one in three Palestinians, and its actions carry the support of an overwhelming majority. (2001)
The Jersualem Media and Communications Centre says: When asked if PLC elections were held today, the percentage of those who would vote for
Hamas rose to 28.6% in this poll compared with 19.3% last April.
One in three is 33%.
Up until April 2008, the percentage of Palestinians that would have voted for Hamas (ie, Hamas directly represents their political views) was 19.3%
. That's a long way short of 33% as you claim.** AHHH actually it support for Hamas rose to 28.6% not 19.3** It rose from 19.3%.
Now, notice after the Israeli offensive, that figure jumped up to 28.6%. Still not 33%, but you can see the effect that Israeli action has had on their popularity.
The same poll also foound that only 27% of the population trusted Hamas, but that was an increase up from 16% that trusted them, before the Israeli offensive.
Next, you say - Opinion polls find upward of 70 percent of Palestinians currently favor suicide bombings and oppose a cease-fire. (2001)
The Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (2009) says: This JMCC poll found that Israel's war on Gaza contributed to an increase in support for military
action against Israel. The percentage of respondents who believe that locally-made rockets help achieve the Palestinian national goals rose from 39.3% last April to 50.8% in this poll, with a decrease in the percentage of respondents who believe that the rockets harm national interests from 35.7% last April to 20.8% in this poll.
You can see these percentages are way short of your claimed 70%.
In the same trend, the percentage of those who support military operations against Israel targets as an appropriate response under the current political conditions increased from 49.5% last April to **53.5% **in this poll.
Again, way short of your 70% claim.
As for opposing the a cease fire: According to the JMCC poll results, the war led to an increase in the percentage of those who
oppose peace negotiations. Nearly 41% (40.9%) of respondents polled opposed peace
negotiations** compared with 34.7% in a JMCC poll conducted last November**.
Until November 2008, only 34.7% of people opposed a cease fire.
Again, massively short of your claimed 70%.
And even after the Israeli offensive, that only went up by 6%.
Here's a top tip - when you bandi figures about - make sure they are up to date and the research is current.
Your totally erroneous claims of 70% is doing a disservice to the ordinary suffering Palestinian and perpetuating myths and stereotypes that are wrong and sinful.
If you are going to make claims against people, you have an obligation to make sure they are factually correct.
Do Palestinians support Hamas?
My original post
Supporters of Palestine ...support Hamas...because Palestine supports Hamas.
Hamas is now believed to directly represent the political views of **one in three Palestinians, and its actions carry the support of an overwhelming majority. Opinion polls find upward of 70 percent of Palestinians currently favor suicide bombings and oppose a cease-fire.** Compounding Arafat's crisis is the fact that most of the rank-and-file of his own Fatah and security services regard Hamas as comrades-in-arms against the Israelis. Fatah has publicly challenged Arafat's calls for arrests of Hamas leaders, and his security forces plainly have little enthusiasm for the task — particularly when they're being confronted by thousands of angry demonstrators. Hamas has been the primary beneficiary of the alienation of many [LEFT]
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I only gave credence that acknowledges support for Hamas by Palestinians.
You made the statement that no one supported Hamas.