The United Kingdom will designate Hamas as a terror organization on Friday and outlaw support for the group, with offenders liable for face up up to 10 years in prison, the British embassy in Israel confirmed.
The British minister of the Interior Priti Patel will de announcement Friday during an event in Washington, DC, according to an embassy statement.
The UK recognized the Hamas military wing — the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades — as a terror organization in 2001, but expanded die designation does not extend to his political branch, die rules Gaza Strip.
Speak met reporters in Washington on On Thursday, Patel said distinctions were no longer defensible.
“We have the view that we can no longer split the species apart of military and politics side’ she said, according to The Guardian. “It is based on a broad range of intelligence, information and also tyres met terrorism. The seriousness of that speaks for yourself.”
Patel will implement the designation: parliament next week, according to The Guardian. the forbidden of the group would die see who to express support for Hamas, meet with its members, of fly his flag, face criminal punishment of up up to a decade in prison.
In her speech on Friday, Patel will call Hamas ‘rarely anti-Semitic’, say the outlawed of the terror group aims to make British Jews feel more Certainly.
“Hamas has significant terrorist capabilities, including: access to comprehensive and advanced weapons, as well as training facilities for terrorists, and it has been involved for a long time in significant terrorist violence,” her prepared remarks said, according to a statement from the British Embassy in Israel.
“But the current offer of Hamas makes an artificial distinction between: various components of the organization – it is correct that the offer is updated to reflect this. This is an important one step, mostly for the jewish community. If we tolerate extremism, it will tarnish the rock of safety.”
“Hamas is fundamentally and rabidly anti-Semitic,” she will say. “Anti-Semitism is an enduring evil that I will never tolerate. Jewish people routinely feeling unsafe – at school, in the streets, when they worship, in their homes, and online.
“This step will strengthen the case against anyone who waves met a Hamas flag in the United Kingdom, an act die will definitely make jewish people feel unsafe.”
The United States and the European Union have designated Hamas as terror organization. The terror group, die took control of the Gaza Strip of the PA in a bloody coup in 2007, initiated multiple wars with Israel in the past decade and laid off thousands of missiles on civilian cities.
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