Iran condemns British designation of Hamas as “terrorist”
“We condemn the UK’s decision to declare the HAMAS popular resistance movement a terrorist organization. Palestinian rights cannot be violated by distorting the facts. The only political solution for Palestine lies in holding a referendum among all indigenous residents, ”Amirabdollahian said in a post on his Twitter account on Friday.
His comments came hours after the British government announced its intention to label Hamas a “terrorist organization,” joining the United States, Canada and the European Union in banning the Palestinian-based resistance group altogether. in Gaza, which plays an important role in defending Palestinian rights. against frequent Israeli attacks, Press TV reported.
Since 2001, London has banned the military wing of the group, known as the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, across the UK, but this is the first time the UK government has decided to ban the political wing of Hamas.
Earlier on Friday, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted that she had “acted to outlaw Hamas in its entirety”, saying there was no difference between the military and political wings of the group. .
After parliamentary approval, which is expected within the week, the ban under the UK Terrorism Act 2000 would make it illegal throughout the UK to be a member of Hamas, express support for the resistance movement, would meet with Hamas operatives, organize meetings with its members, fly its flag or even wear clothing indicating its support for the group.