Britain outlaws Palestinian ‘militant’ group Hamas


JERUSALEM/
LONDON:

Britain’s inside minister Priti Patel on Friday stated she had banned the Palestinian militant group Hamas in a move that brings the UK’s stance on Gaza’s rulers consistent with the United States and the European Union.

“Hamas has significant terrorist capability, including access to extensive and sophisticated weaponry, as well as terrorist training facilities,” Patel stated in a press release.

“That is why today I have acted to proscribe Hamas in its entirety.”

The organisation will probably be banned below the Terrorism Act and that anybody expressing help for Hamas, flying its flag or arranging conferences for the organisation can be in breach of the legislation, the inside ministry confirmed. Patel is anticipated to current the change to parliament subsequent week.

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Hamas – full title the ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’ – has political and navy wings. Founded in 1987, it opposes the existence of Israel and ‘peace talks’, as an alternative advocating “armed resistance” in opposition to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Until now Britain had banned solely its navy arm — the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Hamas political official Sami Abu Zuhri stated Britain’s move confirmed “absolute bias toward the Israeli occupation and is a submission to Israeli blackmail and dictations.”

“Resisting occupation by all available means, including armed resistance, is a right granted to people under occupation as stated by the international law,” stated Hamas in a separate assertion.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the choice, saying in a Twitter put up: “Hamas is a terrorist organisation, simply put. The ‘political arm’ enables its military activity.”

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Hamas and Israel clashed most lately in a lethal 11-day battle in May.

‘Strengthening ties’

Interior minister Patel was pressured to resign as Britain’s worldwide growth secretary in 2017 after she didn’t disclose conferences with senior Israeli officers throughout a personal vacation to the nation, together with then-opposition chief Yair Lapid.

Lapid, now Israel’s international minister, hailed the choice on Hamas as “part of strengthening ties with Britain.”

Hamas is on the US record of designated international terrorist organisations. The European Union additionally deems it a terrorist motion.

Based in Gaza, Hamas gained the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, defeating its nationalist rival Fatah. It seized navy management of Gaza the next 12 months.

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