Hamas: EU ruling is ‘unjust’

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh at a press conference in West Bank on 11 May, 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh at a press conference in West Bank on 11 May, 2017

Hamas has condemned a decision by the European Court of Justice to keep the group on its list of terrorist organisations, according to Mugtama.

In a statement yesterday the Gaza Strip authority said it would continue “challenging unjust political decisions” after the EU’s top court overturned a 2014 recommendation that the group should be removed from the blacklist and sanctions against them lifted.

The group also said that the current legal framework must be used to defend the Palestinian cause.

“[Hamas] is well aware of the extent of the political and media support enjoyed by Israel in western institutions, and it is also aware of the growing popular support for the Palestinian cause,” said the statement.

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Hamas added that it would “remain under all circumstances – whatever the legal or political rulings levelled against it – loyal to its political path, committed to defending the rights of their people without any concession or abandonment of any piece of Palestinian land”.

Although the group has not carried out acts of violence in Europe, the EU has imposed a travel ban on all those affiliated with Hamas and froze the group’s assets in 2001.

(Source / 27.07.2017)

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