Sunday, January 22, 2006


New look Hamas hires image consultant (Guardian)

I thought I'd post a link to this article. Most people at the Faisal hostel (activist backpakers in Jerusalem) expect Hamas to win the elections. Hopefully the image this spin doctor is trying to reflect is a result in a change in how Hamas as a whole projects itself, its actions etc.

New-look Hamas spends #100k on an image makeover; Spindoctor admits he has 'work cut out' with group known forsuicide attacksBy Chris McGreal in RamallahThe Guardian20 January 2006,,1690565,00.html

"Hamas is paying a spin doctor $180,000 (#100,000) topersuade Europeans and Americans that it is not a group ofreligious fanatics who relish suicide bombings and hate Jews... Abdel Aziz Rantisi [the former Hamas leader killed byIsrael two years ago] was on television saying things thatforeigners cannot accept, like we will remove Israel fromthe map. He should have talked about Palestiniansuffering. He should have said we need this occupationended. Foreigners will accept this," he [Hamas' new media spokesperson] said."

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