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From Reuters today:
Hamas says Egypt listing it as terrorist organization is 'shocking and dangerous' | GAZA Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:45am EST | (Reuters) - An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organization is "shocking and dangerous," the Islamist group said a statement from Gaza on Saturday. "The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Palestinian people and its factions of resistance," the statement said. "It will have no influence on the Hamas movement, which enjoys the respect of all the nation and the leaders of the nation."Xinhua this evening quotes Hamas calling the Egyptian ruling
"a coup on history... a despaired (sic) Egyptian attempt to export the internal Egyptian crisis, but it will never influence Hamas' status which (has) gained the respect of Arabs and Muslims all over the world"The growing isolation of Hamas is a work in progress. A year ago, the Egyptian Urgent Matters Court, the same legal forum that handed down today's decision
banned all activities by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and ordered the seizure of its offices and assets... Egypt's interim government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group in December , five months after President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the army. A Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, condemned the court ruling. "The decision harms the image of Egypt and its role towards the Palestinian cause," he told Reuters news agency. "It reflects a form of standing against Palestinian resistance." [BBC]Hamas is regarded as an outlaw by a long list of states [see this Wikipedia table].
- Canada lists Hamas as a terrorist entity.
- The European Union designated Hamas as a terrorist group from 2003 to 2014, a status annulled for now by its General Court in December 2014 for "technical" reasons: see "17-Dec-14: Has Hamas just been whitewashed by Europe?". The EU and its 28 member states are maintaining its funding freeze and sanctions against Hamas and Hamas members for now.
- New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Egypt (on January 31, 2015) and Australia all list Hamas' so-called "military wing" as a terrorist organization. Japan froze Hamas assets in 2005,
- The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan banned Hamas in 1999 but (typically for the country) gives it considerable on-again/off-again freedom to operate.
- Saudi Arabia outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is an offshoot, in 2014, terming it a terrorist organization; several Hamas insiders have been quoted in the past month expressing optimism about a new Saudi "openness" since the January 23, 2015 death of King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.
- Hamas is designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to [Hamas] principles... There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors... [from Hamas Charter, Article 13]Many people know (though far fewer have actually read it) that Hamas has a Charter in which they give confident, full-volume publicity to their blood lust and (in their own words) its Islamic underpinnings. Their boastful strategy works with huge effect in the Arab world and among non-Arab Moslems for whom bloodshed appears to serve as a kind of grotesque magnet.
When the president of the United States says, as he did on Wednesday 18, 2015 in the White House, that
We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam... No religion is responsible for violence and terrorism. People are responsible... We have to make sure ... that we do not stigmatize entire communities... [Aljazeera]he reminds us ("we are at war" and "people are responsible") how much of a mistake it can be to attack people for their religious beliefs. It's clear to us that Hamas acting in the name of Islam is a matter for them - and much less so for us. For us, what's important is the things they do: the viciousness of their hatred, the amorality of their murderous violence, the utter absence of any recognizable Hamas moral compass.
The Egyptians are right when they say the people of Hamas are terrorists. And President Obama is right when he says we are at war with them. Now if only we could get the US State Department ["14-Sep-13: Memo to Secretary of State Kerry: Your staff need some urgent guidance"] to finally pay attention to those truths.