LUXEMBOURG – European Union General Court has ordered that the Palestinian militant group Hamas be removed from the terror blacklist, PakistanTribe received international media reports.
Hamas’ military wing the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades was banned by EU in 2002 but this ban was only for political and social divisions of Hamas. But after a number of series of Hamas suicide bombings during the second intifada or uprising in September 2003, the EU extended the ban to the complete organization.
Hamas appealed against the ban on September 12, 2010 with argument that it is a national freedom movement not a terrorist organization. They further said them as a “legitimately-elected government,” it cannot be labeled as a terrorist organization.
The court accepted the argument of Hamas and stated that that “the decision to remove Hamas from the list was not based on an examination of Hamas’ activities, but rather on an examination of the procedures used to institute the 2003 ban in the first place.”
Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq talked about the decision that “The court had righted an injustice done to the organization.” He declared his movement as national freedom movement not a terrorist organization.
Liliane Glock – the lawyer for Hamas – stated that she was satisfied with the decision.
However a deputy from Israel’ Likud party Danny Danon said “The Europeans must believe that there blood is more sacred than the blood of the Jews which they see as unimportant. That is the only way to explain the EU court’s decision to remove Hamas from the terror blacklist.”
Whereas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the EU to keep Hamas on its list of terrorist organizations.
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