The word “hamas” means violence in Hebrew. Genesis 6:13 cites violence as the reason for the destruction of the world in the days of Noah.
וַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֜ים לְנֹ֗חַ קֵ֤ץ כׇּל־בָּשָׂר֙ בָּ֣א לְפָנַ֔י כִּֽי מָלְאָ֥ה הָאָ֛רֶץ חָמָ֖ס מִפְּנֵיהֶ֑ם וְהִנְנִ֥י
But the terrorist organization of Hamas glosses the word differently. Its Covenant defines hamas as zeal, strength, or bravery.
This shocking contrast in the word’s meaning symbolizes the crisis we now face. The survival of the world is at stake. We cannot let terror redefine violence as bravery.