Suella Braverman 'to redouble efforts' for IRGC ban after group thanked Hamas

There have been mounting calls for the government to proscribe Iran's brutal Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps


LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Home Secretary Suella Braverman arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on June 20, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Suella Braverman is believed to be redoubling her efforts to have Iran's brutal Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) proscribed in the UK as a terrorist organisation as Israel and the world reels from Hamas's deadly attack on the Jewish state.

The home secretary, who visited Golders Green in Barnet, north London, to meet Jewish community security group CST yesterday, is reportedly stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to ban membership and support of the IRGC in the UK after Hamas thanked the group for providing it with the weapons to "destroy Zionist fortresses".

Sunak - who himself received a standing ovation from members of Kinloss Synagogue on Monday evening - has so far resisted mounting pressure over recent months to proscribe the IRGC, while Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has also opposed doing so, arguing it is not in Britain's best interests.

The Times, which first reported on Braverman's latest attempt to persuade Sunak, cited government sources who said Braverman and Tom Tugendhat, the security minister, are planning to highlight the explicit links between the IRGC and the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.

The home secretary, whose husband, Rael, is Jewish, said at the weekend that the government was doing "everything necessary" to protect Jewish communities in the UK.

"Whenever Israel is attacked, Islamists and other racists use Israeli defensive measures as a pretext to stir up hatred against British Jews,' she wrote.

"There must be zero tolerance for anti-semitism or glorification of terrorism on the streets of Britain. 

"I expect the police to use the full force of the law against displays of support for Hamas, other proscribed terrorist groups or attempts to intimidate British Jews." 

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