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EU breaching international terror law, claims Israel

[JURIST] [JURIST Europe] An internal Israeli Foreign Ministry document disclosed Sunday claims that the European Union [official website] is breaching international laws against terrorism by permitting contact with the radical Islamist groups Hamas and Hezbollah in the course of monitoring the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas is running candidates. The document cited UN Security Council Resolution 1373 [text], adopted after September 11th, 2001, according to which member states must refrain from providing active or passive support to those involved in terrorism. Many EU officials believe that placing Hamas on EU’s list of terrorist organizations has made its task of persuading the group to halt violence more difficult. EU foreign ministers on Monday are expected to discuss a draft of an EU report that criticizes Israeli policies in East Jerusalem [JURIST news archive]. The Financial Times has more [subscription required]. Haaretz has local coverage.

Tatyana Margolin is an Associate Editor for JURIST Europe, reporting European legal news from a European perspective. She is based in the UK.

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