Britain bans Palestinian militant group Hamas interior minister

The British minister of the Interior Priti Patel speaks during a news conference over the current situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Downing Street 10, in London, UK 21 January 2021. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS

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JERUSALEM/LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Inland Britain minister Priti Patel on Friday said she exiled the Palestinian militant group Hamas in An move that brings the UK position on The rulers of Gaza in line with the United States and the European Union.

“Hamas has significant terrorist capabilities, including: access to comprehensive and advanced weapons, as well as training facilities for terrorists,” Patel . said in a statement.

“That’s why I acted today to ban Hamas” in are whole.”

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The organization would be banned under the Terrorism Act and anyone to express support for hamas, die flies his flag of organizes meetings for the organization would be in infringement of the law, the Interior Ministry confirmed. Patel is expected to present the change to: parliament next week.

Hamas has political and military wings. Founded in 1987, resists existence of Israel and peace talks, instead advocating “armed resistance” against occupation of Israel of the Palestinian territories.

Until now, Britain had only been military arm — the Izz al-Din al-Qassam brigades.

Hamas politics official Sami Abu Zuhri said of Great Britain move showed “absolute bias in towards the Israeli occupation and is a submission to Israeli blackmail and dictates”.

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

The Palestinian Mission in The United Kingdom, die representing the western-backed Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas, also condemned the move.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the decision, saying on Twitter: “Hamas is a terrorist organization, easy said. The ‘political arm’ makes his military efficacy.”

Hamas and Israel clashed most recently in An deadly 11-day conflict in Can. During the second Palestinian uprising two decades ago, Hamas suicide bombers killed hundreds of Israelis, a campaign publicly supported by its political wing.


In 2017, Patel was forced to resign as British international development secretary after they failed to announce meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday to the country, met including then-opposition leader Yair Lapid.

Lapid, now Israel’s foreign land minister, greeted the decision on Hamas as “part of strengthen ties with Britain”.

Hamas is on The United States list of designated foreign terrorist organizations. The European Union also considers it a terrorist movement.

based in Gaza, Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary election, defeating his nationalist rival Fatah. It grabbed military check of Gaza the following: year.

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Reporting by Stephen Farrell in Jerusalem and Aistair Smout in London; Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Editing by Toby Chopra

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