Hamas

Call for total Hamas ban

February 26, 2015

Britain should push for Hamas's political wing to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation alongside its military arm, a Labour MP has argued.

Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair Michael McCann made the suggestion while leading a Westminster Hall debate on the UK's contribution to preventing further conflict in Gaza.

The government should "assess the increasing evidence that Hamas' politica

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Labour MP Michael McCann calls for total Hamas ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2015

Britain should push for Hamas’s political wing to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation alongside its military arm, a Labour MP has argued.

Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair Michael McCann made the suggestion while leading a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s contribution to preventing further conflict in Gaza on Wednesday.

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Fatah pact with Hamas breaks down

January 22, 2015

Both main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, are under increasing pressure as the reconciliation pact they signed nine months ago appears to have broken down.

Although the agreement led to the formation of a Palestinian unity government, which is still in office, there is no real co-ordination between the Fatah-dominated West Bank, and Gaza under Hamas rule, and no date has been set for new

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EU appeals court decision to delist Hamas as terror group

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The European Union will appeal a decision by its central court to remove Palestinian group Hamas from the EU terrorism blacklist.

Last month, the court annulled the designation of Hamas as a terrorist group and ended the freezing of Hamas funds on procedural grounds, although no cash will be released until the case is resolved.

The move was condemned by pro-Israel groups.

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Hamas deny Qatari expulsion of Mashal

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 8, 2015

Whether or not the media reports on the expulsion of Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal from Qatar were accurate, it is clear now that things are less hospitable for the Islamist movement in the emirate which, until not long ago, was its main supporter.

A CNN report on Monday based on "sources close to Hamas" said that Mashal, along with seven members of Hamas's parent organisation, the Egypt

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Hamas member jailed for murder of three Israeli teens

By JC Reporter, January 6, 2015

A Palestinian man has been sentenced to three life sentences for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June last year.

The killings sparked a cycle of violence that led to a 50-day war with Hamas in Gaza.

Two other suspects in the murder were shot dead by Israeli security forces in September.

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Iran reprises military deal with Hamas

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

Iran’s military ties with Hamas, cut off temporarily in the wake of the Syrian civil war, have been resumed.
Iranian arms shipments to Hamas were in evidence two weeks ago when the terrorist movement exhibited Iran-built Ababil drones in a parade in Gaza.

These drones have been seen in the possession of Hizbollah and have been used against rebels by the Assad regime in Syria.

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Fury as EU court removes Hamas from terror list

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

The "technical" decision of the European Union's General Court to remove Hamas from the EU's list of terror organisations has drawn an indignant response from Israeli leaders, despite senior EU officials insisting the step is temporary.

The court accepted the argument of lawyers representing Hamas that an organisation can only be listed as a terror group on the basis of official EU sources and

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Hamas shows off refreshed rocket arsenal

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Hamas celebrated its 27th anniversary on Sunday with a military parade in Gaza in which it exhibited rockets and Iranian-built drones.

In recent weeks, the Islamist movement has resumed test launches of missiles designed to be fired at civilian targets in Israel.

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Not disasters at all

December 17, 2014

Two headlines prompted a wave of angst this week.

On Wednesday morning the news was that the EU was “removing Hamas from its terror list”; later in the day, it was that the European Parliament had “voted to recognise a Palestinian state”.

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