First Published: 2010-02-22

Hamas calls on EU to put Israel on terror list

Palestinian Islamist group Israel should be put on list of countries supporting terrorism because it represents a danger to international peace.


Middle East Online

GAZA CITY - Hamas urged European leaders on Monday to put Israel on the list of countries supporting terrorism due to its alleged implication in the murder of a top Hamas militant in Dubai last month.

"We call on the European Union to place the Zionist entity (Israel) on the list of countries supporting organised terrorism because it represents a danger to international peace," the Palestinian Islamist group said in a statement.

Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, is itself designated a terrorist organisation by the EU and the United States.

The European Union had earlier expressed outrage at the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmud al-Mabhuh and the alleged use of forged EU passports in the killing, which has been blamed on Israel's Mossad spy agency.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman insisted on Monday there is no evidence the Jewish state was behind the killing.

Mabhuh, a founder of Hamas' armed wing, was found dead in his hotel room in Dubai on January 20.

Dubai police, accusing Mossad, released the names and photos of 11 suspects who entered the United Arab Emirates on the European passports -- six from Britain, three from Ireland, one from Germany and one from France.

The passports mainly belonged to people with dual nationality living in Israel who were shocked to learn of their being linked to the case.


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