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EU court takes Hamas off terrorist list

Crescent International

While a legal victory of sorts for Hamas, the European Union top court's ruling removing the resistance group from the list of terrorist organizations will have little practical impact. Hamas officials have welcomed the ruling; the Zionists are furious despite the court saying a freeze on Hamas funds would continue.

London, Crescent-online
Wednesday December 17, 2014, 14:07 EST

In a landmark decision, the General Court of the European Union (EU) ruled today that the bloc’s decision to place the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on a list of terrorist groups is illegal.

In arriving at the decision, the judges said that EU’s decision was based not on an examination of Hamas’ actions, real or imagined, but on “factual imputations derived from the press and the Internet”.

While a slap on the face of the EU, the judges, however, said their ruling was a mere technicality and it was not a reassessment of Hamas’ classification as a terrorist group. In other words, the judges decided to speak from both sides of the mouth.

They also said a funding freeze on the resistance movement would continue for three months for review and pending any appeals.

Moussa Abu Marzouk, Hamas’ deputy political leader, described the EU court decision as “a correction of a historical mistake.”

The Reuters news agency quoted him as saying that “Hamas is a resistance movement and it has a natural right according to all international laws and standards to resist the occupation.”

Hamas won internationally supervised elections in 2006 and formed the government in Gaza in June 2007. Founded in 1987, it has continued to resist the Zionist occupation of Palestine.

The overwhelming majority of countries in the world consider Hamas a legitimate resistance movement.

The pro-Zionist regimes in North America and Europe, however, have designated it a ‘terrorist organization’ despite the UN Charter and International Law recognizing resistance to foreign occupation as legitimate.

These regimes have done so to support the Zionist colonial settler entity so that it will remain a dagger in the heart of Islam. Zionists living in these societies are well known blackmailers.

In December 2001, the Council of the European Union that represents the governments of member states established a list of designated groups and individuals whose funds would be frozen. The Council took the step to “combat terrorism.”

Initially, Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, was named on the list. This, however, was expanded two years later to include Hamas’ political wing as well. Thus the European Union Council went against International Law and the UN Charter.

Hamas contested the decision and while today’s ruling corrects an illegal act, in practical terms, this will have little effect on the manner in which EU member-states operate.

They are guided not by principles but personal interests. International law and legality are just so much hot air as far as these regimes are concerned.

International law is invoked only when it serves their interests.

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