The Islamist Hamas terrorist group swept student elections at a Hevron university and says it will do so in the next Palestinian Authority (PA) elections in Judea and Samaria as well.
Hamas won by a landslide at the Al-Khalil Polytechnic University on Wednesday. “The United Islamic Bloc, a union of the academic wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad at the University, won the student elections despite attempts of Fatah's Shabiba to spoil the victory,” a Hamas statement declared in one of its media sites.
"This is clear evidence to all that Hamas was strong enough, and that all the attempts made to marginalize it in the Palestinian arena, particularly in the West Bank, totally failed," the statement continued.
Hamas runs on a platform openly calling for terrorist attacks on Jewish civilians and the complete destruction of all of Israel. It also encourages Israeli-Arabs to rise up and join the struggle. Click here for an Arutz-7 article on Hamas election ads.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the results of the election proved that efforts by Fatah, Israel and the US to convince PA Arabs to align themselves with Fatah have failed. “Those people [PA chief Mahmoud Abbas and his security forces] will certainly fail in doing what the Israeli occupation forces had failed to do against the Movement," Barhoum said. “The victory of Hamas in the election was a big blow to Abbas's futile negotiations with the Israelis.”
In 2006, Hamas won PA legislative elections, taking 74 seats while the US and Israeli-backed Fatah netted only 45. Hamas defeated Fatah in the popular vote by a much smaller margin, 44 to 42 percent. The Islamist group is now gearing up for an election of a new PA chairman, which could completely dissolve Fatah and unseat terror-chief Yasser Arafat’s successor Mahmoud Abbas.