UK to Designate Hamas as Terror Organization to ‘Combat Antisemitism’

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. (Photo: Home State, via Wikimedia Commons)

The UK will designate Hamas as a terror organization, making support for it in the country punishable by up to ten years in jail, the Guardian has reported.

Under plans due to be announced by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel today, the Palestinian political and resistance group will be proscribed under the Terrorism Act, which would ban the organization’s flags and meetings in the country.

“We’ve taken the view that we can no longer disaggregate the sort of military and political side,” she said. The UK has previously designated Hamas’ military wing, the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades as a terror group. Patel claimed the move would help tackle anti-Semitism.

“Hamas is fundamentally and rabidly antisemitic,” she is expected to say later today during her visit to the US. “Antisemitism is an enduring evil which I will never tolerate. Jewish people routinely feel unsafe – at school, in the streets, when they worship, in their homes, and online.”

“This step will strengthen the case against anyone who waves a Hamas flag in the United Kingdom, an act that is bound to make Jewish people feel unsafe.”

The US, EU and Canada have all previously blacklisted the group, which governs the besieged Gaza Strip.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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  1. It’s rather hilarious how the UK (who happens to be one of the two biggest champions in the history of international terrorism) would attach the ‘terror organization’ label to a Palestinian political and resistance group.

    And, what about B’Tselem (Israel’s most prominent human rights organization), who frequently speaks out against Israel’s endless campaign of terror against the Palestinians, and also defines Israel as being an apartheid state? Does the Zionist-controlled UK parliament also plan to designate it as a ‘terror organization’?

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