News ID: 318087
Published: 0711 GMT November 20, 2021

Iran condemns UK designation of Hamas as terror group

Iran condemns UK designation of Hamas as terror group

International Desk

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has slammed Britain’s decision to blacklist Palestinian resistance movement Hamas as a terrorist organization, saying Palestinians’ rights of cannot be trampled upon through “distorting facts”.
“We condemn the UK's decision to declare the popular resistance movement of Hamas a terrorist organization. Rights of Palestinians cannot be trampled on by distorting facts,” Amir-Abdollahian tweeted on Friday.
“The only political solution for Palestine lies in holding a referendum among all indigenous residents,” he added.
Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel said Friday that Hamas will be banned in the UK because it “has significant terrorist capability, including access to extensive and sophisticated weaponry”.
The move brings the UK's pro-Israeli stance on the Gaza-based resistance group in line with the United States and the European Union.
 
Crime against Palestinians
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem called the move "a crime against our Palestinian people and all their history of struggle, as well as a condemnation of the legitimate struggles of all free peoples against colonialism", AFP reported.
Qassem said the decision, if approved by UK Parliament, would be "a great political, moral and legal sin committed by Britain" and only favored Israel.
“Instead of apologizing and correcting its historical sin against the Palestinian people … [Britain] supports the aggressors at the expense of the victims.”
That comment referred to the Balfour Declaration and British Mandate, which it said handed “Palestinian lands to the Zionist movement”.
The Balfour Declaration came in the form of a letter from Britain’s then-foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, addressed to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a figurehead of the British Jewish community. It was published on November 2, 1917.
The declaration was made during World War I and was included in the terms of the British Mandate for Palestine after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. It is widely seen as the precursor to the 1948 Palestinian Nakba, when armed Zionist militia forcibly expelled more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland.
“Resisting occupation, by all available means, including armed resistance, is a right guaranteed by international law to people under occupation,” a Hamas statement said, according to Al Jazeera.
Upon parliamentary approval, which is expected within the week, the ban, under the UK’s Terrorism Act of 2000, would make it illegal across the UK to be a member of Hamas, express support for the resistance movement, meet with Hamas members, arrange meetings with its members, fly its flag or even wear clothing indicating support for the group.
Supporters will face a fine or a maximum of 14 years in prison.
Founded in 1987, Hamas is the largest Palestinian resistance movement. Since 2007, it has ruled the besieged Gaza Strip and has since defended the impoverished enclave against four major Israeli wars, including the most recent 11-day conflict that ended in an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in May, Press TV wrote. 
In November 2017, it was revealed that Patel, while on a private holiday in Israel in August that year, had unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials, including then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, without telling the Foreign Office. The revelation forced her to resign over breaching of the ministerial code.
 
  
   
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