EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror list

(Reuters) – The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union’s terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.

However, in its ruling, the bloc’s second highest tribunal said member states could maintain their freeze on Hamas’s assets for three months to give time for further review or for an appeal to be launched.

The EU’s foreign policy arm said the bloc continued to view Hamas as a terrorist group. “This was a legal ruling of the court based on procedural grounds. We will look into this and decide on appropriate remedial action,” spokeswoman Maja Kocijanic said.

Israel, which has clashed repeatedly with Europe in recent years over Palestinian statehood ambitions, demanded Hamas remain blacklisted and said the ruling showed “staggering hypocrisy” toward a Jewish state founded after the Holocaust.

“It seems that too many in Europe, on whose soil six million Jews were slaughtered, have learned nothing. But we in Israel, we’ve learned,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. He branded Hamas “a murderous terrorist organization”…

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  • Mickey Oberman

    “EU court says Hamas should be removed.”
    Now is that not a much better headline?

  • Exile1981

    Yet again the EU shows it’s true colors.

  • The Goat

    Why is an “EU” “court” deciding whether terrorists should be called terrorists?

    • Exile1981

      It appears as if it is a procedural thing. The original committee that decided to classify them as a terror group looked at the news reports and online sources, including lists of the attacks carried out by hamas but never “consulted” with “experts” on hamas.

      What it means is the court ruled that because they never asked Hamas if they were a terror group or a freedom fighting group that the original decision was wrong.

      This particular court rules on procedural crap; it has 20 or so members and the president of the court selects 3 members to hear and decide on any application before it. So in this case the 3 judges ruled it was a procedural violation.

      The court also ruled that the EU assembly has 3 months to appeal the decision or all the hamas funds seized in 2001 (millions of euros) will be released back to hamas to use to buy more arms.

  • Clausewitz

    The new Dark ages beginning in 5…. 4…… 3……

  • Reader

    The Fruits of Transnationalism: Europe Let a Court Delist a Terrorist Organization
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/394880/fruits-transnationalism-europe-let-court-delist-terrorist-organization-iain-murray

  • Alain

    The EU court saying something does not make it so. The Left firmly believe that they can create reality by declaring any non reality a reality.

  • Hard Little Machine

    al Qaeda and ISIS are next.

  • Reader
  • Blacksmith

    In other news the EU corts are packed with suicidal leftist morons.