On January 25, 2006, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei resigned after the militant Hamas movement won a majority of parliamentary seats in the Authority's Palestinian Legislative Council elections. Hamas, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Department, has established military courts and faced allegations of torture since ascending to political superiority. The militant group has also faced resistance inside of the Palestinian Authority. In the aftermath of the elections, JURIST Guest Columnist Anthony D'Amato criticized the actions of both Hamas and Israel in the three-week conflict known as the Gaza War in 2008-2009.
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