19 November 2021
Responding to the announcement by the Home Office, Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl said:
“We welcome the Home Secretary’s announcement that the UK Government is proscribing Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation. The Board of Deputies of British Jews has long led the call for this alongside our communal partners.
“Full proscription ends the dangerous loophole via which this terrorist organisation can spread its extremist poison here and raise funds and support in the UK. Hamas regularly espouses violent ideology and grotesque antisemitism. It is responsible for countless terror attacks including suicide bombings, the murder of Israeli citizens and others, the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields, repression of political opponents, women, and LGBT people.
“We are immensely grateful that it will no longer have any safe harbour or support in the UK. We thank the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary, and the Government for this decisive action in tackling extremism.”