(LONDON) JUST IN: Priti Patel has banned the Palestinian militant group Hamas in a move that brings the UK’s stance on Gaza’s rulers in line with the U.S. and E.U. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: Anyone expressing support for Hamas, flying its flag or arranging meetings for the organisation would be in breach of the law, the Interior Ministry confirmed.

#AceDailyNews says according to a Reuters Report: Home Office Minister outlaws Palestinian militant group Hamas: Hamas has significant terrorist capability, including access to extensive and sophisticated weaponry, as well as terrorist training facilities,” Ms Patel said in a statement.

Hamas militants brandish rifles while parading through Gaza
Hamas militants parade after one of their commanders was killed by the Israeli Defense Force in May.(AP: John Minchillo)

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

The organisation will be banned under the Terrorism Act.

Ms Patel is expected to present the change to parliament next week.

Hamas — full name the ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’ — has political and military wings.

Founded in 1987, it opposes the existence of Israel and peace talks, instead advocating “armed resistance” against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Hamas is on the US list of designated foreign terrorist organisations. The European Union also deems it a terrorist movement.

Based in Gaza, Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, defeating nationalist rival Fatah.

It seized military control of Gaza the following year.

Hamas and Israel clashed most recently in a deadly 11-day conflict in May.

Israel hails ‘strengthening ties’ with UK

An aerial view of a destroyed building after it was hit by Israeli airstrikes
Palestinian officials estimated the cost of Gaza’s reconstruction to be tens of millions of dollars after the violent clashes in May.(AP: Khalil Hamra)

Until now Britain had banned only its military arm — the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.One random decision saved MohammadWith dozens of his family members gone,

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

Mohammad wrestles with what happened the night his life changed forever — the events play over in his mind, an emptiness yawns in his chest.

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

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.”

Ms Patel was forced to resign as Britain’s international development secretary in 2017 after she failed to disclose meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday to the country, including then-opposition leader Yair Lapid.

Mr Lapid, now Israel’s Foreign Minister, hailed the decision on Hamas as “part of strengthening ties with Britain”.


#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.20: 2021:

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