Palestine assembly slams Egypt's Hamas 'terror' tag

After an Egyptian court designated Hamas a "terrorist" group, Palestinian parliment censured "terror" tag

Palestine assembly slams Egypt's Hamas 'terror' tag

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Palestinian parliament on Monday condemned a recent Egyptian court verdict designating Hamas as a "terrorist organization."

"The [Egyptian] court verdict is entirely politicized and illegitimate. It is seen as a declaration of war on the Palestinian people, as it sides with their enemy [Israel]," Assembly Speaker Ahmed Bahr said at a press conference in Gaza City.

The Egyptian authorities, for their part, insist that Egypt's court system is entirely independent and is not prone to politicization.

"The verdict [dubbing Hamas a 'terrorist' group] has nothing to do with the law or judicial procedure. It contravenes international law, as well as the charters of the UN and the Arab League," Bahr said.

Bahr called on the parliaments of Arab and Muslim countries to "hold a special session to discuss the [Egypt court] verdict, which affects the Palestinian resistance and challenges its legitimacy."

The move was based on claims that the group had carried out terrorist attacks in Egypt via cross-border tunnels linking the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip.

In March of last year, the same court outlawed all Hamas activities in Egypt and confiscated the group's offices.

The court had said that the ban would be temporary until another court – which is currently trying ousted President Mohamed Morsi for alleged "collaboration" with Hamas – delivers its final verdict.

In late January, another Egyptian court similarly declared the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, to be a "terrorist organization."

A number of Hamas members have been among the defendants in two trials for "espionage" and "jailbreak" that Morsi – a Muslim Brotherhood leader – currently faces in Egypt.

Egypt's media blames Hamas, an ideological offshoot of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, for a series of deadly attacks on security forces carried out since Morsi's ouster by the army in mid-2013.

Hamas, for its part, has consistently denied the claims.

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