Hamas to plead with EU for terror list removal

The Gaza-based terror outfit, Hamas, is set to lobby the European Union for removal from a list of terrorist organisations

by The Commentator on 21 April 2013 23:21

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A Palestinian news agency reported on Sunday that the Gaza-based terrorist organisation, Hamas, is set to lobby the European Union to remove it from a list of designated terrorist groups.

The Ma'an news agency reported that Hamas has been holding a series of closed-door meetings in the Qatari capital of Doha, leading to moves that would see the new Hamas politburo focusing on the recruitment of support in Europe. The organisation is expected to lobby for its removal from terrorism lists. 

Hamas official Ahmed Yousif said, “Hamas will focus on convincing European countries to take its name out of the terrorism list. Hamas is certain that the US will not agree to take its name off the list. However, European countries set only one condition to do that -- avoiding martyrdom attacks inside Israel, and Hamas hasn’t carried out any attack since 2004.” 

In December 2012, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called on the EU and the US to remove his organisation from their terrorism lists.

“Hamas and the Palestinian groups are national liberation movements that are defending themselves against Israeli aggression on our people,” Haniyeh told a European mission visiting Gaza.

Critics has noted that Hamas claimed responsibility for the Kerem Shalom terrorist atrocity in 2008. The attack on the border crossing from Gaza to Israel injured 13 people. Hamas also continues to fire rockets into civilian populations in Israel and has repeatedly failed to act upon other terrorist organisations in Gaza doing the same.

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