The interior ministry said on Friday it would designate the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas as a terrorist organization, a move that would bring the country’s stance on those in power in Gaza in line with the United States and the EU. .
The organization will be banned under the Terrorism Act and anyone who expresses support for Hamas, flies its flag or arranges meetings for the organization will be breaking the law, according to a Guardian report the ministry said. know is correct.
The Times reported that Interior Secretary Priti Patel would announce the move in Washington and present it to Congress next week.
So far, the UK has only banned the Hamas wing – the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed reports of the decision. In a Twitter post, he said “Hamas is a terrorist organization, to put it simply. The ‘political arm’ that authorizes its military activity. The terrorists are the same – just in the ministry. clothes.”
A Hamas official in Gaza said they would wait until an official announcement from the UK was made before responding.
Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. Founded in 1987, it opposes the existence of Israel, and opposes peace talks, instead advocating “armed resistance” against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. .
The most recent outbreak of violence was the 11-day conflict in May, in which Palestinian officials say 250 people were killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza, including 66 children. Israeli officials say 13 people, including two children, were killed in Israel by terrorist missiles.
Home Secretary Patel was forced to resign as Britain’s International Development Secretary in 2017 after she failed to disclose her meetings with senior Israeli officials during her private holiday in the country.
She met then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett’s predecessor, and then-opposition leader Yair Lapid.
Lapid, now Israel’s foreign minister, hailed the tentative decision on Hamas as “part of strengthening relations with Britain.”
Israel and the United States consider all of Hamas a terrorist organization. It is on the US list of designated foreign terrorist organizations. The European Union also considers this a terrorist movement.
Based in Gaza, Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, defeating nationalist rival Fatah. It took military control of Gaza the following year.
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