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Haniyeh says Hamas not a terrorist organization
Published Sunday 02/12/2012 (updated) 03/12/2012 19:49
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Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil (L) and Hamas premier Ismail
Haniyeh wave in Gaza City Nov. 16, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas and other Palestinian factions should be removed from international lists of designated terrorist groups, Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday.

"It is time to remove Palestinian resistance movements, that resist under international law, from the list of international terrorist groups," Haniyeh said during a meeting with a European delegation of politicians, academics and lawmakers.

"Hamas and other Palestinian factions are national liberation movements operating inside Palestine. We do not antagonize Jews anywhere in the world for their religious affiliation, but we have a problem with those who occupy our land."

The Gaza PM accused Israel of committing acts of terrorism and war crimes in Gaza, saying that Israeli leaders must be prosecuted for their ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people and most recently for Israel's eight day assault on Gaza.

Haniyeh briefed the European delegation on the damages and loss of life caused by the recent military assault, saying that Israeli forces deliberately targeted hospitals, sports facilities, medical centers and Palestinian journalists.

"The occupation's army did not want the world to see the destruction and truth about what was going on in Gaza," he said.

The Hamas premier welcomed the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement, but said that the core of instability in the region is the Israeli occupation.

"The important message is that we want the demise of the occupation of Palestinian land, and we want a fully sovereign state with its capital in Jerusalem, and we want to return our homeless people to their land," Haniyeh said.

Hamas is designated as a terrorist group by Israel, the US and the European Union, although many countries distinguish between Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, and its political branch, which undertakes widespread social programs such as building hospitals, schools and religious institutions.

The United States also classifies the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Liberation Front, the PFLP-GC, Islamic Jihad, and the Abu Nidal Organization as terrorist groups.
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1 ) Mel / USA
02/12/2012 20:31
Hamas is labelled as such,because it unexpectedly(to D.C.)WON a democratic/open election(instead of US-client PA/Fatah)& it continues to ACTIVELY resist an illegal occupation by a colonial Zionism sponsored by USG(not US/global peoples)in order to control Palestine via a non-Arab/Muslim client,to DIVIDE Arab solidarity & PROGRESS(like Iraq,Syria,Libya,Leb).USG re-label's factions,when it wants to USE them as proxies,to achieve USG goals!Your label(Hamas)doesn't matter.But,your actions DO! UNITE!

2 ) ABE / USA
02/12/2012 20:55
I don't understand how Hamas says it is under occupation? They do not recognize ISRAEL and they call for the total destruction of the state of ISRAEL. How is that defending against the occupation?

3 ) Mahmoud El-Yousseph / US
02/12/2012 21:42
@ ABE / USA, 1- Gaza under siege for the last 5 years. That is following the Palestinian election. Israel destroyed Gaza only airport and imposed illegal and inhumane siege on 1.7 million people 2- Israeli does not recognize Palestine or Palestinian rights of return. 3- Under UN laws Palestinians have every right to defend themselves with whatever availabel means that they have. Hamas does not have an outstanding army, airforce, navy or marines. 4- Hamas has no F-16, Appachi, or tanks.

4 ) ABE / USA
02/12/2012 23:04
I do not subscibe to the "any means necessesary" Why does Hamas not recognize the State of ISRAEL? Please answer me that. Why do they not want to talk. Hamas makes only demands then lobs indiscrimate rockets at anything ISRAEL. You tell me how ISRAEL can deal with these people please.

5 ) abe.. / usa
02/12/2012 23:05
abe. palestinian people are occupied by colonial zionsit israel hamas are palestinians by blood, they resist in the name of palestinians , they were democraticly elected. chosen by the people. occupation has murderd palestinians even outside the borders. as an oppressed and occupied people , under international law we have absolute right to resist anyone most of israeli leaders are terrorist, blowing up hotels attacking villages. genocide, in occupied teritories lebanon refugee camps.

6 ) ronen / israel
02/12/2012 23:21
#3 under un laws israel has every right to exist you broke those laws when you attacked in 1948 you and all your brothers since no one in the unbiased intl community intended to give israel any justice for that crime, israel gave itself some justice by the way there is no difference between you and the settlers both are imposing themselves on the natives

7 ) @ Mel-1 / Palestine's Liberation
02/12/2012 23:27
You write foolishness, and Haniyeh speaks only half truths, where: - "Hamas is labelled as such," BUT it has NOTHING TO DO WITH ELECTIONS, AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE TERROR methods, that they used for decades before elections, and right up to the present, & - as Haniyeh says "Hamas and other Palestinian factions are national liberation movements", BUT they use both terror and war crimes, as their chosen methods for achieving Palestine's Liberation !!

8 ) suter / israel
02/12/2012 23:46
lets be on think clear: 1 hamas is an terror group not only declareat from the west no even from some arab coutrys . 2. hamas does not recon israel , searching to destruction of israel hidding the rockets behind or in shools hospitals and other public places is that not terror? terror agains the population of gaza? no i wana ask: what is for the normal thinking people terrorists? hamas blowing up buses , roadbombs in israel what is that??? i mean that is terror

9 ) Outlier / USA
03/12/2012 00:49
If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and acts like a duck - it is a duck. When your goal is to spread terror, you are a terrorist.

10 ) ABE / USA
03/12/2012 01:58
To #3 And as to the right of return. ISRAEL gave back the whole of Gaza!! There was no right of return there but they did the right thing! How have they been paid back? Hamas and Islamic Jihad sent suicide bombers and fired rockets. Is it any wonder why the ISRAELI'S had to clamp down on the borders! You will probably say NO because I am sure you believe Jews don't even belong in a state called ISRAEL!

11 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
03/12/2012 04:19
I actually think Haniyeh is correct. So let me be clear: We in Israel who really understand Hamas/other factions above really don't give a damn what the hell they call themselves anymore. They can call themselves Yasser Arafat's ass-kissers as far we're concerned. (By the way, what the hell became of his exhumation ??? ... If anything, he was the greatest Palestinian freedom fighter of all, right ??? Right. So you may as well posthumously take him off the terrorist list, too.) DONE !!!
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