UK outlaws Palestinian anti-Israel terror group Hamas.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday permanently banned the Palestinian terror group Hamas, in a move that aligns the country’s stance on the self-proclaimed rulers of Gaza with that of the United States and the European Union.
“Hamas has significant terrorist capabilities, including access to extensive and sophisticated weaponry, as well as terrorist training facilities,” Patel said in a statement.
Patel, who is on a trip to Washington, said the move was based “on a wide range of intelligence, information and also links to terrorism.”
“The severity of that speaks for itself,” he said, calling Hamas “fundamentally and rabidly anti-Semitic,” adding that the ban was necessary to protect the Jewish community.
He made the public move against the anti-Israel group on his personal Twitter account:
Hamas’s military wing has been outlawed in the UK since 2001, but the organization as a whole was not outlawed – until now.
The organization will be prohibited by the Terrorism Law. Anyone who expresses support for Hamas, flies its flag, or organizes meetings for the organization would be breaking the law, the Interior Ministry statement confirmed.
Patel is expected to present the change to parliament for a vote next week.
Hamas, whose full name is the ‘Islamic Resistance Movement, reacted angrily to the move, and political official Sami Abu Zuhri said Britain’s move showed “an absolute bias towards the Israeli occupation and is a submission to blackmail. and the Israeli dictates.”
“Resisting the occupation by all available means, including armed resistance, is a right granted to the people under occupation as established by international law,” Hamas said in a separate statement, OkeyNews reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the decision, saying in a Twitter post: “Hamas is a terrorist organization, simply put. The ‘political arm’ enables its military activity ”.
Hamas has long been active in the UK under the guise of its so-called political wing.
Former UK Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of giving his personal support to the terrorists.
As Breitbart News reported, it used an Iranian TV show called “Remember Palestine” in 2012 to describe more than 1,000 convicted terrorists released by the Israeli government in a prisoner swap as “brothers,” and asked if there was a “serious case. “. Against them.
Hamas is considered a terrorist group by Israel, the United States, and the European Union.