28 November, 2021

At Least Some Countries Still Recognize Terrorism When They See It

UK's ban on Hamas said to be significant blow to funding for terror group | The Times of Israel

This is great news.

The United Kingdom’s decision Friday to designate the entirety of Hamas as a terror organization and outlaw support for the group is a major blow for the Islamist group, which carries out significant fundraising there, Channel 13 reported.

The UK proscribed the terror group’s military wing — the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades — in 2001. But the Hamas political leadership remained technically in the clear until now.

But this…

The ban, which must be approved by Parliament, would make it illegal in Britain to be a member of Hamas or to express support for the group, with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

The government said it hoped the banning order would be approved by Parliament within the week and take effect November 26.

Is less so. Membership and expressing support are both freedom of speech issues. The UK has much tighter restrictions on free speech than we do here in the U.S., so this is not surprising, even if it is disappointing.

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