Get news and updates on Hamas, a Palestinian Sunni- Islamist, fundamentalist movement which is de facto governing the Gaza Strip since 2007. Many countries such as Israel, the US and the EU consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization. Follow RT on the background and establishment of Hamas. It was established in 1987, just after the First Intifada and has connections to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. According to Hamas co-founders, the aim of the organization was to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation. Don’t miss the recent breaking news on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and actions of Israeli soldiers in Gaza. In 2006 Hamas won the parliamentary elections, defeating its strongest opponent, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), which is a Fatah-affiliated party. Get the news on relations between Hamas and other organizations and countries.