Hamas Shifts Strategy

n Gaza City, a poster advertised a movie about Emad Akel, commander oIf the Hamas military wing who was killed by Israel. via NYTimesThe NYTimes reports today that Hamas has shifted its strategy in Gaza, moving away from guns, bombs, and terrorist tactics to a “culture of resistance.”

Turning to art, recent days have produced a play, a movie premier, an art exhibit, a book of poems being published, and a television series, most of it state-sponsored and focused on the Palestian ‘problem’. According to the NYTimes, there are also plans for a documentary competition.

“Armed resistance is still important and legitimate, but we have a new emphasis on cultural resistance,” noted Ayman Taha, a Hamas leader and former fighter. “The current situation required a stoppage of rockets. After the war, the fighters needed a break and the people needed a break.”