Hamas calls U.S. designation of Haniyeh as terrorist violation of int'l law

“Hamas considers this [decision] to be a dangerous development."

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January 31, 2018 21:13
Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh gestures as he delivers a speech over U.S. President Donald Trump's decis

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh gestures as he delivers a speech over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City December 7, 2017. (photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS)

Hamas officials on Wednesday criticized the US State Department’s designation of Hamas Politburo chairman Ismail Haniyeh as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

“We condemn this decision and totally reject it,” Hamas Politburo member Ezzat al-Rishq said. “We affirm that it will not prevent our people and its leaders from continuing their legitimate struggle and exercising their natural right to defend their occupied land.”

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Under the designation, Haniyeh will not be able to access the US financial system.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum lashed out at the State Department’s decision, calling it a violation of international law.

“Hamas considers this [decision] to be a dangerous development and a violation of international laws that granted the Palestinian people its right to defend itself, resist the occupation and choose its leaders,” he said.


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