US decision on Ismail Haniya ‘will not deter us’ – Hamas

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 23, 2018 Hamas' leader Ismail Haniya delivers a speech in Gaza City on January 23, 2018.
The United States on January 31, 2018 put the head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Ismail Haniya, on its terror blacklist and slapped sanctions on him -- a move sure to raise tensions, after Washington recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital."Haniya has close links with Hamas' military wing and has been a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians," the State Department said in a statement. 

Hamas has rejected a United States decision to place the group’s political chief, Ismail Haniya, on its global “terror list”, calling the move a “dangerous development”.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Hamas said the US State Department’s decision is a “violation of international law, which has given the Palestinian people a right to defend themselves against [Israeli] occupation, and to choose their leaders.

“This decision demonstrates the full American bias in favour of the Israeli occupation, and provides an official cover for Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people,” the statement added.

Hamas, the Palestinian political movement that governs the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip, said it calls on the US administration to “reverse” this decision and to stop its “hostile policies.

“This will not deter us from carrying out our duties towards our people and defending them, and liberating our lands and holy sites”.

The response from Hamas comes shortly after the US designated Haniya a “global terrorist” on Wednesday.

The US State Department issued a press release saying that Haniya “has close links with Hamas’ military wing” and “has been a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians”.


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