Britain bans Palestinian terrorist group Hamas

The British government announced on Friday that it is trying to ban Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Hamas has called for the establishment of an Islamic Palestinian state under Sharia law and has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. It has long been involved in serious terrorist violence.

Hamas’ military sector has already been banned in Britain, but after receiving a new assessment, Home Secretary Priti Patel concluded that it should be banned altogether.

According to the Interior Ministry, the order will come into effect on November 26, if approved by Congress.

If the change progresses, anyone who expresses their support for the organization that controls the Gaza Strip will violate the 2000 Terrorism Act.

Illegal activity includes arranging meetings for the group, raising flags, or wearing clothes that may support the group.

“Today, the British government has ordered Congress to ban Hamas altogether, including its political sector,” Patel, who is visiting Washington, said in a keynote speech at the Heritage Foundation on Friday.

“Hamas has significant terrorist capabilities, including access to extensive and sophisticated weapons and terrorist training facilities, which have long been involved in significant terrorist violence,” she expects. It has been. “Hamas commits, participates, prepares, promotes and encourages terrorism. If we tolerate extremism, it will erode the rocks of security.”

When Hamas’ military sector was banned by the United Kingdom in March 2001, it was a government assessment that there was a distinction between the political and military sectors of terrorist groups. However, the Home Office said the distinction is currently being evaluated as “artificial.”

Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on Twitter that the move “helps confront the anti-Semitic tragedy” and expressed support for the move.

Earlier this year, British politicians across the political spectrum saw a surge in anti-Semitic abuse and violence after the May conflict in the Middle East, where Israeli troops attacked Gaza’s targets in response to a Hamas rocket attack on civilian territories. Blame.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Congress at the time that Britain would call for anti-Semitic action at every stage. “We don’t take it root, we don’t allow it to grow and weaken,” he said.

PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan


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