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EU Still Considers Hamas a Terror Group, Bloc’s Envoy to Israel Says

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EU flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons. – European Union (EU) Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Anderson said that the 28-member bloc of countries still considers Hamas to be a terrorist organization, despite an EU court’s decision on Wednesday to remove the Palestinian terror group from its blacklist.

“It’s a technical, procedural decision that the court has reached. It doesn’t change the political position of the EU vis-à-vis Hamas, which is still that it’s a terror organization,” Faaborg-Andersen told The Times of Israel.

“It’s important to point out that this has no immediate effect in terms of unfreezing the sanctions that we have against Hamas,” he said. “We have an asset freeze against Hamas and Hamas members and that will stay in place.”

Faaborg-Anderson also said that Hamas is “deliberately mischaracterizing” the court’s move. Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk called the decision a “correction of a historic mistake.”

“Hamas is a resistance movement and it has a natural right according to all international laws and standards to resist the occupation,” he told Reuters.

While the EU’s General Court ruled that Hamas should not be listed as a terrorist organization, it stated that its decision was made on procedural grounds and did not constitute a “substantive assessment” of the issue.

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