The British Home Secretary also declared the political arm of Hamas a terrorist organization, putting an end to the “artificial separation” in the law: “Jews feel insecure.” The law that will be introduced in parliament will stipulate: up to 10 years in prison for those who wave the organization’s flags. Bennett greeted: “The political arm – terrorists in suits.” Hamas: “We will continue on our path”
Britain plans to send Hamas supporters to up to 10 years in prison, and to stop separating the military wing of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam from the organization’s political arm: British Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that she will now define Hamas as a terrorist organization, -Legal. In Israel, Hamas said it was a “biased decision in favor of Israel.”
Patel, who said the move was likely to help fight anti-Semitism, explained that the government would outlaw Hamas – meaning the move would mean that anyone expressing support for the terrorist organization, waving its flag or arranging meetings for it would be considered breaking the law. The decision, she said, she plans to pass in the British Parliament as early as next week.
“We understand that it is no longer possible to separate the military arm from the political arm of the organization. It is based on extensive intelligence, information and links to terrorism. Their severity speaks for itself,” she said tonight, ahead of her forthcoming speech in Washington, where she will officially announce the move. She added that the move is expected to send a message “very very clear to anyone who thinks it is okay to support such an organization”, as she put it.
The British Guardian reported that Patel is expected to say today that the declaration of Hamas as a whole as a terrorist organization is another step that will help protect the Jewish community in Britain. “Hamas is fundamentally anti-Semitic,” the British interior minister is expected to say. “And anti-Semitism is a constant evil that I will never tolerate. Jews routinely feel insecure – in schools, on the streets, in their houses of worship, in their homes and on the Internet.”
Patel is expected to tell the Guardian that “Hamas has significant terrorist capabilities, including access to many sophisticated weapons, as well as terrorist training facilities. The organization has long been involved in violence and terrorist acts. Hamas’ current recognition of artificial distinctions between different parts of the organization “It is right to update this recognition. This is an important step, especially for the Jewish community. If we allow extremism, it will play down security.”
Hamas as a whole, it should be noted, has already been outlawed in a number of countries following its being a terrorist organization. These include the United States, Canada and the European Union. To date, Britain has only recognized Hamas’ military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, as a terrorist organization, and has sidelined the organization’s political wing, which includes Ismail Haniyeh. Khaled Mashaal and Yahya Sinwar.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in reference to the decision that “Hamas is a terrorist organization, just like that. The ‘political arm’ enables its military activities. The same terrorists – only in suits. Many thanks and appreciation to Boris Johnson for the leadership on the issue.”
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that “this is an important and significant decision that gives British security bodies additional tools to prevent the continued intensification of the terrorist organization Hamas, including in Britain. There is no legitimate part of a terrorist organization and any attempt to separate parts of a terrorist organization is artificial.” “Intimate and successful between Israel and the United Kingdom, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the embassy staff in London, headed by Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely, and we thank the British for their fruitful cooperation in this matter as well.”
Hamas attacked the British decision, saying: “We learned through the media about the British Home Secretary’s declaration of Hamas as a terrorist organization and its threat of a 10-year prison sentence for anyone who supports the organization. Unfortunately, Britain continues to mature, and instead apologize and admit “In her historic mistakes against the Palestinian people, she supports the perpetrators at the expense of the victims.”
“Opposition to the occupation, including the armed resistance, is a right under international law,” Hamas added. “The occupation is terrorism. Killing residents, deporting them, demolishing their homes and arresting them – this is terrorism. Imposing a siege of more than 15 years – this is terrorism. Britain must stop listening to the narrative and the Zionist plan. We call on all our supporters in Britain and Europe to condemn this decision. “The Palestinian continues on his path towards freedom and return, whatever the victims may be. We will achieve our goals faster than expected.”