Hamas members at an anti-Israel rally in Rafah in southern Gaza, November 13, 2014. . (photo credit:REUTERS)
Hamas on Saturday dismissed an Egyptian court’s decision to declare its armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, a terrorist organization.
“The court ruled to ban the Kassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group,” Judge Muhammad al-Sayid of the special Cairo court that deals with urgent cases said earlier in the day. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
The ruling came two days after a series of terrorist attacks killed 30 Egyptians and wounded 45 others in Sinai.
Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip condemned the decision as “dangerous and unacceptable.”
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the ruling serves only the interests of Israel. “This is a dangerous political ruling,” he said.
Abu Zuhri said that Hamas is opposed to any attempt to involve its members in the internal affairs of Egypt.
“The Kassam is the address for confrontation with the Israeli occupation and a symbol of the dignity of our nation,” he added.
Salah Bardaweel, another senior Hamas official, described the court ruling as a “dangerous precedent.” He too claimed it was politically motivated.