‘Hamas’ is a terrorist organisation, declared by European Court of Justice
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 28-Jul-2017
Amsterdam, July 28: Finally, the Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas has been declared a terrorist organization by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Judges in the European Union’s most senior court ruled that the group should remain on an EU-wide blacklist and referred the case back to a lower court.
The decision was annulled on procedural grounds by an EU court in 2014, however, on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to maintain asset freezes and travel bans on Hamas. That court found the listing was based on media and internet reports rather than solid legal arguments, sparking outrage in Israel and Washington.
Dr Moshe Kantor, the group’s president, said: “Hamas is a part of an international terror network and has murdered countless people.“One just needs to look at article seven of their charter to know their proudly stated genocidal aspiration to the mass murder of Jews all over the world.”
The US is among the countries globally that classify Hamas as a terrorist group, although in the UK it is not banned in its entirety. Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007 and fought three wars with Israel, the last in 2014 which caused massive destruction and left more than 2,000 dead.