Gaza Palestinians protest Egypt's Hamas ban

GAZA Fri Mar 7, 2014 1:15pm EST

Palestinians Hamas supporters take part in a protest in front of the Egyptian embassy in Gaza March 7, 2014, against a recent rule by Egyptian court which banned all the activities of Hamas movement in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians Hamas supporters take part in a protest in front of the Egyptian embassy in Gaza March 7, 2014, against a recent rule by Egyptian court which banned all the activities of Hamas movement in Egypt.

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GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian protesters raised banners and placards on Friday in the Gaza Strip condemning neighboring Egypt's ban on activities of the Hamas Islamist group.

Senior Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya said Tuesday's decision by a Cairo court to ban Hamas' work and activity in the country was an attempt to "criminalize resistance" to Israel and would not deter it from its fight against the Jewish state.

"The rifle Hamas is holding to protect our people and our land will never drop," Hayya said as hundreds protested outside a former Egyptian representative office in Gaza City.

Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which authorities in Cairo have declared a terrorist group and which they have repressed since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in July.

During his year in power, Mursi gave red-carpet treatment to Hamas, angering many secular and liberal Egyptians who saw this as part of a creeping Islamist takeover following the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The military-buttressed authorities now classify Hamas as a significant security risk, accusing it of supporting an Islamist insurgency that has spread quickly since Mursi's fall, allegations the Palestinian group denies.

An Egyptian court also ordered the closure of Hamas offices in Egypt, one of the judges overseeing the case told Reuters. The judge stopped short of declaring Hamas a terrorist group, saying the court did not have the jurisdiction to do so.

Hamas, which rejects Israel's existence, seized control of the Gaza coastal territory in 2007, widening a split with the Western-backed Fatah movement headed by President Mahmoud Abbas which holds sway in Palestinian territory in the West Bank.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Comments (4)
Dr_Steve wrote:
There will never be peace in that region. Why even keep up the facade?

Mar 07, 2014 1:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IslamBlows wrote:
Animals will continue to live like animals.
The only chance for peace will be for Israel to wipe THEM off the map.
Israel has been far too tolerant – far too long.

Abbas wont recognize the Jewish State of Israel? Fine.
Then Israel wont recognize Palestine, and therefore there is no
“occupation” of a sovereign country.

ALL of Jerusalem will be Israeli, that filthy Mosque will be torn down; its’ rubble taken to the WB and Gaza and dumped.

Mar 07, 2014 2:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Hatsin wrote:
The rifle Hamas is holding to protect your people is the reason there will never be peace for you and your children.

Mar 07, 2014 2:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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