Hamas hails the European court’s decision to remove the group from world’s terrorism list
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The Hamas movement hailed on Friday the decision of a European court to cancel the listing of Hamas and its armed wing al-Qassam Brigades from the world’s list of terrorism.
Hazem Qassem, Hamas spokesman in Gaza told Xinhua that the decision to remove Hamas and its armed wing from the world’s terrorist list “is positive and a right step in the right direction.”
“We hope that this decision will lead to completely remove the name of the movement from any unjust list,” said Qassem, adding that “resisting the Israeli occupation is legal in accordance with the international conventions and laws.”
He also said that “classifying his movement or any of the Palestinian resistance factions as terrorist groups is completely unjust and not fair for the legal struggle of the Palestinian people against the occupation.”
He added that his movement “will continue practicing its right of defending the Palestinian people until we grab our freedom and the right of establishing our independent Palestinian state.”
According to local websites close to Hamas on Friday, the movement’s attorney in Europe, Khaled al-Showly, said that the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg decided on Thursday to remove Hamas movement and its armed wing al-Qassam Brigades from the world’s list of terrorism.
He also said that the decision of the court is not final, but the previous decisions on the reinsertion of Hamas and its military wing on terrorist lists “are null and void.”