Today, Palestinian factions demanded the British Parliament to drop the government’s decision to classify the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) as a terrorist organization and not to pass it, as the Palestinian reactions condemned the decision.
Following an emergency meeting held in Gaza, the Palestinian factions announced the organization of national events and a popular conference in the coming days to reject and condemn the British decision.
During a press conference, the Palestinian factions also called on the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the free people of the world to reject and confront the British decision.
The leader of the movement, Khalil al-Hayya, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that London will bear the brunt of any Israeli escalation as a result of its decision, adding that Hamas will communicate with the international community to reject the decision. He also called on the British Parliament to refrain from passing a law banning the movement.
Earlier, Hamas issued a statement condemning the decision of British Home Secretary Priti Patel, and said that Britain supports the aggressors at the expense of the victims “instead of apologizing and correcting its sins against the Palestinian people.”
She stressed that resisting occupation by all means, including armed resistance, is a right guaranteed to peoples in international law, while “killing indigenous people, displacing them by force, demolishing their homes, imprisoning them, besieging them, and attacking their sanctities, is terrorism,” according to the statement.
Other factions condemned the decision, most notably the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Islamic Jihad Movement, the Mujahideen Movement, the Palestinian National Initiative Movement, and the Palestine Liberation Front.
Britain’s Home Secretary (Priti Patel) is in a state of frenzy.
She said she would consider Hamas (with its wings) a terrorist, and its supporters could face up to 10 years in prison.
And it will go ahead with the step that will “help combat anti-Semitism” and “protect the Jewish community.”
Zionist madness strikes in London, and the Arabs of the “counter-revolution” undoubtedly have a role.
— Yasser Al-Zaatreh (@YZaatreh) November 19, 2021
For its part, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the decision and considered it an unjustified attack on the Palestinian people, who are subjected to the most heinous forms of occupation and the historical injustice for which the Balfour Declaration established.
The ministry considered that the British government, with this decision, placed obstacles in the way of achieving peace and obstacles in the way of efforts to consolidate the truce and rebuild the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the British government to stop the policy of double standards and double standards and immediately retract this decision, adding that it will study with the concerned authorities the effects and repercussions of this decision on the Palestinian-British bilateral relations and its limited future contribution to any potential political process.
In turn, the Palestinian Embassy in the United Kingdom condemned the decision, and considered it in a statement a dangerous identification with Israel’s agenda that seeks to criminalize the Palestinian struggle as a whole and kill chances of a just solution.
The statement called on the British government to immediately retract this step and focus on the full application of international law that criminalizes occupation practices.
No separation occurred.
In terms of international reactions, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, stressed that the international organization will continue to deal with the authorities in Gaza and that it will leave it to member states to take their decisions.
On the other hand, the Chairman of the Defense Committee in the British House of Commons and the former British Minister of State for Regional and North African Affairs Tobias Ellwood said that there was no separation between the military and political wings of Hamas.
In a previous interview with Al Jazeera, Tobias said that due to the ambiguity in the relationship between the two wings, Britain decided to classify Hamas as a terrorist organization.