(Photo: PIC)
Dr. Marwan Abu Ras says Egyptian court’s ruling to designate Hamas as a terrorist organization is against the International Law. (Photo: PIC)

Gaza, 15 Jumadil Awwal 1436/6 March 2015 (MINA) – Dr. Marwan Abu Ras, the rapporteur of the Legal Committee in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), said that the Egyptian court’s ruling to designate Hamas as a terrorist organization is against the International Law.

Abu Ras explained in an interview with the PIC on Thursday that the International Law recognizes the legitimacy of the resistance and its right to defend itself, and added that it is a non-judicial decision as it is not based on evidence and arguments, The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

He pointed out: “The Egyptian court made the decision in the absence of the accused party and its representative in absolute disregard to the simplest judicial procedures.”  He continued: “I have never heard of a court for urgent matters in any country except in Egypt, and we don’t know anything about its judicial procedures which seem to be tailored to serve the interests of its owners.”

“The verdict is an attempt to incite the western world against the resistance, because the word “terrorism” provokes the western world,” he charged, adding:  “this ruling will lead to list Hamas as one of the terrorist organizations that must be defeated like ISIS and others.”

A National Crime

Abu Ras further said: “Dealing with Hamas as a terrorist organization is a religious and national crime at all levels, because this decision is consistent with the Israeli occupation’s plans and interests, and that was very obvious in all the Israeli officials’ statements on this unjust verdict.” He added: “this decision is a betrayal of the Palestinian people and the resistance by all standards.”

“Aziz Dweik, the PLC speaker, many ministers, and Hamas leaders are detained in the Israeli jails, is that because they are terrorists? This is a stab in the back of all Palestinians because Hamas supporters are everywhere and in every home in Gaza, in the West Bank and in refugee camps; however, this verdict will not weaken Hamas but rather it will be stronger as most Palestinians and Egyptians support it,” he underlined, adding that a survey showed that 95% of the Egyptians support Hamas and do not consider it a terrorist organization.

Commenting on the role of the Palestinian government, Abu Ras said: “The Palestinian government is contributing to the Gaza blockade, and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman, supported all the Egyptian procedures concerning the closure of the Rafah crossing, the blockade, destroying the tunnels and fabricating charges of invading the Egyptian jails.”

He called on the Free World, the Egyptian people and organizations to reject this verdict, and highlighted that Hamas will never intervene in the Egyptian interior affairs, saying: “Egypt must know that Israel is a common enemy of Egypt, Hamas and the Muslim and Arab Nation.”

Abu Ras finally declared: “Hamas will continue to resist the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian lands and its only enemy has been and will always be the Israeli occupation.” (T/P011/P3)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)