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UK Stance on Hamas Unchanged Despite EU Court's Decision

© East News / Adel HanaThe United Kingdom's position on Hamas will remain unchanged, despite the European General Court's (EGC) decision to remove the Islamic resistance group from its terror list, the British Foreign Office stated on Wednesday.
The United Kingdom's position on Hamas will remain unchanged, despite the European General Court's (EGC) decision to remove the Islamic resistance group from its terror list, the British Foreign Office stated on Wednesday. - Sputnik International
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The British Foreign Office said on Wednesday that the UK's position on Hamas will remain unchanged.

Israel demands that the European Union immediately restore Hamas to its list of terrorist organizations after a European General Court (EGC) decision to remove the Palestine organization from the list, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday. - Sputnik International
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LONDON, December 17 (Sputnik) — The United Kingdom's position on Hamas will remain unchanged, despite the European General Court's (EGC) decision to remove the Islamic resistance group from its terror list, the British Foreign Office stated on Wednesday.

"Today's EU General Court judgment is procedural and does not mean the EU and UK have changed their position on Hamas. The effects of the EU Hamas listing, including asset freezes, remain in place," Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson said in a press statement.

The FCO reiterated that the court's decision left intact the UK's separate legislation, dating back to 2001 which named Hamas' military wing, Izz al-Dinal-Qassam Brigades, but did not list Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organization.

Hamas was formed on the basis of two groups operating in Gaza and officially registered as cultural and educational charities: an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the Islamic Jihad – in the Palestinian territories. - Sputnik International
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"Hamas’ military wing has been proscribed in the UK since 2001 under separate UK legislation. This is not affected by today’s EU General Court judgment," the statement read.

On Wednesday, the European General Court overturned the European Council's decision to include Hamas in the EU's list of terrorist organizations. The court ruled that Hamas was placed on the list, based on "factual imputations derived from the press and the internet" as opposed to acts confirmed by competent authorities.

The spokesperson for the EU's foreign policy chief, Maya Kosyanchich, stressed that the EU continues to view Hamas as a terrorist organization, since the EGC's decision has not yet entered into force. She noted that the EU will examine a possible response in the two months and 10 days that it has to appeal the decision.

Palestinians Hamas supporters take part in a rally ahead of the 27th anniversary of the movement founding, in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip December 12, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Hamas, which was founded in 1987, won a majority in the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections and reinforced its power in the Gaza Strip the following year by ousting its Fatah rivals.

The European Union, Israel, Canada, the United States and Japan consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization, while it is entirely banned in Jordan. Britain and Australia condemn its military wing only. Hamas is not considered a terrorist organization by Iran, Russia, Turkey, China and some Arab nations.

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