Germany announced on Thursday a ban on all Hamas-backed activities in the country. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN
Nov. 9 (UPI) — Germany has announced a total ban on all activities of Hamas and its support groups and will disband a group that was responsible for a celebration of the terrorist group’s surprise attack on Israel on October 7.
German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser put the ban into effect on Thursday and announced that she was also dissolving the German branch of the Palestinian prisoner solidarity network Samidoun, which she said “supports and glorifies” groups like Hamas, already listed by the European Union “. a terrorist group.
“Today, with Hamas, I have completely banned the activities of a terrorist organization whose goal is to destroy the State of Israel,” Faeser said when announcing the ban.
Samidoun was behind an Oct. 7 event in which Hamas sympathizers handed out pastries on a Berlin street to celebrate the attack on Israel, in which 3,000 terrorists crossed the border into Israel from the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea crossed, killing 1,400 people and capturing more than 240 hostages.
“Holding spontaneous ‘jubilation celebrations’ here in Germany in response to Hamas’ terrible terrorist attacks against Israel demonstrates Samidoun’s anti-Semitic, inhumane worldview in a particularly disgusting way,” said Faeser, quoted by Deutsche Welle.
Samidoun then published a “Calendar of Resistance for Palestine” on his website, with links to events around the world celebrating the terrorist attack, and called on “all Palestinian, Arab and international supporters of Palestine to organize and fight.” “Intensify to stand with the heroes.” Palestinian resistance and confrontation with colonial Zionist violence and imperialist complicity.”
Faeser said her ministry will work tirelessly to maintain the ban on activities supporting Hamas and will work “day and night” to quickly dismantle Samidoun. Your government is supportive and united.
“All instruments of the right of assembly must be used to prevent solidarity demonstrations with Hamas’ terror as early as possible,” a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior previously told Al Jazeera.
A Hamas official in Lebanon claimed that Germany’s ban proves that the country is colluding with Israel in crimes against the Palestinian people.
“This leads us to question whether the German political mentality is a Holocaust mentality that affects all peoples and is not limited to one party or another,” Hamas representative Osama Hamdan said in a news conference on Thursday.
After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that his country would retaliate for the Oct. 7 attack and called for civilians to withdraw, Israel relentlessly bombed the Gaza Strip and tightened its blockade on the territory, cutting off fuel supplies and severely restricting water and food and power connection.
The US State Department announced support for Germany’s actions.
“The United States welcomes Germany’s decision to ban activities supporting Hamas, which builds on the EU’s commitment to fully restrict and criminalize support for the terrorist group,” ministry spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.
“We will continue to work with allies and partners around the world to counter Hamas and other deadly terrorist organizations. Palestinians are not to blame for Hamas’ horrific terrorist attacks and should not continue to suffer from them. “Hamas does not represent the aspirations of the Palestinian people, who deserve to live in security, dignity and peace,” Miller continued. .
Authorities in the Gaza Strip said more than 9,000 Palestinians were killed in the attacks, including 3,760 children.
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