Days of Palestine, Brussels –The European Union decided on Friday to keep Palestinians Islamist group Hamas blacklisted despite court decision.
On December 2014, the EU second highest court ruled that Hamas, which was blacklisted by the EU in 2003, should be delisted from the bloc’s register.
Brussels has appealed against the ruling.
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“Hamas stays on list during Council’s appeal to December judgement,” Susanne Kiefer, a Spokeswoman for the European Council wrote on Twitter.
Hamas’ military wing was added to the EU’s first-ever terrorism blacklist drawn up in December 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States. The EU then blacklisted the political wing of Hamas in 2003.
But the General Court of the European Union ruled on December that blacklisting Hamas was not based on legal judgements but on conclusions derived from the media and the Internet.
The Israeli occupation initially criticised the court’s decision to remove the group from the blacklist, claiming Hamas carried out deliberate acts of terror against Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Hamas had described the EU’s appeal against the judgement by the General Court of the European Union as “immoral.”
Criticising the decision, Hamas slammed the European Union for working against their judicial system. Speaking to Days of Palestine, Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Barhum said: “This decision completely contradicts the court’s ruling.”
He added: “It is unjust and wrong to our people and legitimate resistance, and also encourages the Israeli occupation to continue its crimes.”
“We reject this decision and call for it to be reviewed, and to remove all forms of injustice against our people and Hamas,” Barhum said.