APR 22, 2024 JLM 64Β°F 07:54 PM 12:54 PM EST
New Zealand declares Hamas a terror organization

In what could be seen as a show of evenhandedness, Wellington simultaneously sanctioned alleged Jewish extremists in Judea and Samaria.

New Zealand on Thursday declared that in light of Hamas’ horrific massacre of 1,200 people during its surprise invasion of Israel almost five months ago, it now considers all of Hamas to be a terrorist organization.

“The terrorist attacks by Hamas in October 2023 were brutal and we have unequivocally condemned them,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said.

“What happened on 7 October reinforces we can no longer distinguish between the military and political wings of Hamas. The organization as a whole bears responsibility for these horrific terrorist attacks,” added his foreign minister, Winston Peters, in the joint statement.

Wellington had previously made a distinction between Hamas’ military and political wings, outlawing the military side in 2010.

Israel has never made a distinction between the two, as they are so closely intertwined. The U.S., EU, UK, Canada and several other Western countries list all of Hamas as a terrorist entity as well.

New Zealand’s decision makes it a criminal offense to assist Hamas in any way financially or provide it with “material support.” It also freezes any of the group’s assets in the country.

Luxon was careful to differentiate between the country’s attitude towards the terror group and ordinary Palestinians.

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[Anonymous] 12:17 02.03.2024
A voice of sanity in sea of hatred.
[Anonymous] 10:02 02.03.2024
Amen πŸ™ 😊
[Anonymous] 01:52 02.03.2024
Yes
[Anonymous] 19:26 01.03.2024
Finally! Thank you!! I wish Australia would follow!!
Mike Galarneau 18:21 01.03.2024
Nice to see Someone who has a Brain.
[Anonymous] 16:17 01.03.2024
Thank you
[Anonymous] 15:47 01.03.2024
Great! Hopefully they stopped financing UNRWA along with this.
Mark Sanders 12:58 01.03.2024
Finally they did something right
Elena Caddell 12:50 01.03.2024
YES ! AMEN ! Good job N.Z. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‘πŸ™
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