Apparently the EUÂ have removed Hamas form the terror list.
The EU General Court has ordered that the Palestinian militant group Hamas be removed from the blocâs terror blacklist. The move comes over four years after Hamas appealed its terror designation before the EU.
The European Union first banned Hamasâ military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in 2002, though the organizationâs social and political divisions were not put on the terror list. Following a series of Hamas suicide bombings during the second intifada or uprising in September 2003, the EU extended the ban to include the organization as a whole.
On September 12, 2010, Hamas appealed the ban, largely on procedural grounds. In its complaint, the group cited a lack of due process, specifically, that it had not been properly informed the act was being implemented. It further asserted that as a âlegitimately-elected government,â it cannot be labeled as a terrorist organization, saying such a designation flies in the face of âthe principle of non-interference in the internal matters of a State.â
The court accepted the organizationâs argument, saying that the decision to remove Hamas from the list was not based on an examination of Hamasâ activities, but rather on an examination of the procedures used to institute the 2003 ban in the first place. Barring the closure of an appeal, however, a funding freeze against the group will remain in place for three more months.
That court decision looks pretty stupid with Hamas parading their weapons and terror militants in the streets of Gaza on the very same day.Â Read more »