FPM welcomes EU General Court annulment of Hamas terrorist status

The Free Palestine Movement welcomes the decision by the European Union General Court to remove the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) from the EU list of terrorist groups. The court found that placement on the list had been based not on an examination of Hamas’ actions, but on “factual imputations derived from the press and the internet”, implying that Hamas should never have been placed on the list.

We agree. Hamas has never exported its resistance movement internationally. All of its military actions have been directed against the occupiers and oppressors of Palestine. One need not be a supporter of Hamas to recognize the legitimacy of its role in the Palestinian struggle.

The Free Palestine Movement does not support any particular political party in Palestine, but rather the choice of the Palestinian people. We also support the right of Palestinians to resist the occupation and theft of their land and property in all of Palestine, as well as the denial and abuse of their human rights, as provided under international law.

We hope that the court decision represents a step toward universal recognition of the legitimacy of Palestinian resistance against the Zionist usurpers, occupiers and oppressors living on stolen Palestinian land. Indeed, international law and policy must recognize the illegitimacy of the Zionist project and work to end it. We pledge to be a part of that struggle.

The FPM Team

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