Hamas: ‘We are not terrorists, we defend Palestine’

And we cannot start training them too young.

CAIRO, FEBRUARY 2 – “We are not terrorists, as we have been defined,” “our men act in defense of Palestine” and by dubbing them terrorists Egypt “only offers a present to Israeli occupation,” a Hamas spokesman said, commenting an Egyptian court ruling on Sunday which outlawed the armed wing of the organization, the Ezzedin al Qassam brigades. The decision, taken by the Special court in Cairo for urgent affairs, arrived just a few hours after heavy attacks against Egyptian security personnel in northern Sinai, which left 30 soldiers and police officers dead.

The al Qassam brigades are also allegedly accused of killing 33 security officers in attacks last October in Sinai. In a number of occasions the attacks and killings carried out in the peninsula, as well as in other areas of Egypt, have been claimed by members of Islamist group Ansar Beit el Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), which has recently pledged allegiance to ISIS (Daish in Arabic)…