This social and political issue has plagued mankind for centuries, but has only recently come into the eyes of current world leaders. The events of September 11, 2001 brought this issue into the spotlight (What Is Terrorism? Pg. 1). Ladies and gentlemen, I am of course talking about the agonizing issue of terrorism. Although this issue has existed for centuries, the word "terrorism" has only begun being used in the second part of the 19th century (What Is Terrorism? Pg. 1). The earliest account of a terrorist act in the second part of the 19th century was in 1968 when a Palestinian terrorist hijacked an Israeli airliner (What Is Terrorism? Pg. 4). There are two other factors which aid terrorism: one being the media which informs the world
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The first official documented attack was registered in 1978 by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (who later died in 2004) (Hamas, Section #2). Hamas has been apart of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) from the beginning of their attacks to the January elections in 2006 in which they took majority control of the Palestinian government (Hamas, Section #1), "Hamas has won Gaza municipal elections as a Palestinian minister warns if Israeli occupation continues, then violence in the region will soon return."
(Al-Jezeera.net. January 28th, 2006/May 18th, 2006). Hamas is conducting these types of attacks because they want full control of Palestine and the surrounding areas (Gaza Strip and the West Bank). What they stand to profit is the support of the Islamic community, the gaining of new territory and resources, the fear that will be put into the Israeli people, the release of their comrades, and the possible introduction of counterterrorism laws that will cause a backlash within the Israeli people against their own government; this is of course the best way to bring down a government. Hamas has achieved some of its goals by taking control of Palestine. However, I don't think that they will accomplish their goal completely because they must first eliminate Israel (which is difficult to do). I understand that the Palestinian people are pissed off because they lost some of their land in 1948 to the