Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

MAS Freedom Foundation Responds to Sheikh Yassin's Assassination

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

MAS Freedom Foundation Responds to Sheikh Yassin's Assassination

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Muslim-American Activism

The Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation held a press conference outside the State Department in Washington, DC on March 23 in response to Israel's assassination of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Gaza the previous morning. Israel's attack "will plunge the region into further turmoil and escalate the cycle of violence in a region already suffering under an unlawful Israeli occupation," declared Mahdi Bray, executive director of the MAS Freedom Foundation. "Sharon's policy of extra-judicial assassinations violates international law," he added, and undermines President Bush's Middle East peace plan.

In 1948, Sheikh Yassin settled in Gaza after his village, Al-Joura, south of Gaza, was destroyed in the first Arab-Israeli war. He founded Hamas, a radical Islamic organization, in 1987, at the beginning of the first Palestinian intifada. In 1989, Israel arrested him and sentenced him to life imprisonment. In 1997, Jordan's King Hussein made a deal with Israel to release Sheikh Yassin in return for two Israeli agents caught after a botched attempt to assassinate Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Amman. In September 2003, Israel's first assassination attempt on Sheikh Yassin failed. …

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