In truth, these "resisters" have perpetrated bombings and other violence that in the past 23 years alone have killed hundreds of people inside Israel and wounded more than 1,300. Hamas' charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, saying Israel "will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors" and vowing to "raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine."
Hamas has been responsible for attacks that have ended the lives of pregnant women, babies and children, young parents and the elderly. It has sent explosives-packed bombers disguised as Orthodox Jews and Israel Defense Forces soldiers to shopping malls, coffee shops, pizza parlors, pubs and onto public buses. Many of those lucky enough to survive these attacks live the rest of their lives with disfiguring scars, permanent pain, missing limbs or digits and/or loss of hearing or sight.