UK media reported last month that the UK government declared Hamas, a militant Islamic group that rules the Gaza strip, to be a terrorist organization, outlawing any support for organizations and individuals associated with Hamas. According to a report in The Guardian:
November 19, 2021 Supporters of Hamas could face up to 14 years in jail under plans to be announced on Friday by Priti Patel. The home secretary said the organisation will be proscribed by the government under the Terrorism Act. It means anyone who expresses support for Hamas, flies their flag or arranges meetings for the organisation will be in breach of the law. […] Until now, the UK has banned only its military wing – the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
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According to the report, UK home secretary Priti Patel said treating the political organization and the military wing of Hamas differently would be an “artificial distinction between various parts of the organization.”
For over 15 years, the GIOR and the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) have extensively reported on the activities of Hamas and pro-Hamas networks in Europe. According to our research, the UK is home to an extensive pro-Hamas network that includes NGOs, charities, media outlets, and lobby groups. Some of the most important of these organizations in the UK include:
- Interpal, a London-based Islamic charity which the US and Israel have designated as a terrorist entity in relation to fundraising for Hamas
- Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), a London-based NGO Israel designated as an illegal organization in 2010 as part of Hamas. Germany’s domestic intelligence service has described the PRC as a “platform for Hamas.”
- EuroPal Forum, London-based lobbying and PR organization whose leaders are closely tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support infrastructure
- Friends of Al-Aqsa, a Leicester-based ‘human rights’ NGO tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Its UK bank accounts were once closed because it didn’t sufficiently insure against funds being used for proscribed activities,