Sunday, January 22, 2006
New look Hamas hires image consultant (Guardian)
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 2006http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,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."