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  • If Hamas says it is only about ending the Israeli occupation, why does Hamas constantly spread conspiracy theories about Jews, call for their death, and not seek any reconciliation whatsoever between Israel and the Palestinians?

-- Ran Ukashi, Winnipeg

  • Would it not be more productive to recognize Israel's right to exist, so that Israelis may be forced to the negotiating table on the basis of the 1967 borders and recognize the Palestinian people?

-- Nabil Mailloux, Kingston, Ont.

Hamas's meaning is the Islamist resistance movement. What happens to Hamas's raison d'etre in terms of resistance if there is a peace agreement signed between the state of Israel and the Palestinian Authority?

-- anonymous

  • Now that Hamas and Fatah are reconciled after being previous enemies, will Hamas condone and support violence against Israel if a peace treaty is signed allowing Palestine to be a nation?
  • And if Hamas does condone and support violence, will that not obstruct its plans for nationhood? Israel is far better armed than Hamas is, and is always apt to defend itself, therefore, Hamas cannot win by fighting against Israel. Does Hamas acknowledge this?

-- Nekoda Beaton

  • Is it in Hamas's best interests to be honest about its goals and pursuits when so many other political entities avoid their intentions and speak to what the public wants to hear?

-- Justine Ible

  • What does Hamas have to say about the hundreds of thousands of Jews kicked out of Arab countries? Do they also not have the right to return and reclaim their stolen property?

-- David Shamoon, Markham, Ont.

  • In the eyes of Palestine, and more specifically Hamas, what would you like most in regards to help from Canada?

-- J.M. Deagle

  • What do you see as potential challenges ahead for Hamas and the Palestinian people should the goal of a Palestinian state, in conjunction with or as a replacement of Israel, be realized?
  • Do you feel that a vision of Palestine as a place where people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds can co-exist is a realistic one, given the animosity that has built up since 1967?

-- Brian Fehst, Whitby, Ont.

  • How does Hamas view the option of one unified, secular bi-national state with equal rights and the vote for the Jewish and Palestinian founding peoples? Is Hamas aware of the fact that this is more and more discussed as an option among intellectuals?

-- Diane V. McLoughlin

  • Why won't Hamas accept a Jewish nation in the Middle East?
  • Why does the Hamas Charter advocate killing Jews?
  • Why do Hamas religous leaders defame Judaism?

-- Eric Beckerman, Florida

  • What assurance can you give that, as a credible player, you are going to abide by the rules as per the international law (i.e. recognizing Israel as a state) should you become the official voice of Palestine?

-- Alvin Góngora, via Facebook

  • Why does Hamas dress women up like ninjas?

-- T Justin Powzy, via Facebook

  • Why do you show cartoons to your children that teach them to kill Jews and other infidels?

-- Christopher Slatter, via Facebook

  • Under what, if any, circumstances would you recognize Israel's right to exist?

-- Jon Kerner, via Facebook

  • Do you believe that there exists a Jewish People with roots in the Holy Land?

-- Mark Surchin, Toronto

  • Some of my friends are planning to travel to Gaza on the Canadian boat to Gaza, part of the international flotilla that hopes to help to break the sea blockade of Gaza in late June. They are social activists, committed to non-violence. What do you think of this initiative? Do you welcome this action, even though most of them do not share your religion or your conservative social values?

-- Elizabeth (Beth) Guthrie, Toronto

  • What can Canadians do to facilitate a workable two-state solution?

-- Cory Nicholls

  • In order for Hamas to become a legitimate political entity, it would be wise to reject violence against external Jewish targets and domestic opponents. Why does Hamas not follow this tactic?

-- Yves Crepeau, Sackville, N.B.

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