The European Union’s lower court annulled the bloc’s prevision decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist organisations citing technical procedures, reports the BBC.
Hamas was removed from the proscription list based on technical grounds involving “factual imputations derived from the press and the internet.”
The EU court stressed that the decision did “not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group,” reports Al Jazeera.
The court said that it would maintain existing measures for three months to ensure effectiveness of any possible future freezing of funds.
Responding to Hamas’ de-listing, Israeli prime minister slammed the EU for its ‘prejudice’ against the Jewish community.
“We saw today examples hanging before us of European prejudice. In Geneva, they are calling for an investigation against Israel for war crimes, while in Luxembourg the European court removed Hamas from the terrorist list. It looks like there are too many people in Europe, on the ground where six million Jews were slaughtered, who haven’t learned a thing. The friendship we see from the United States stands in complete contrast to what we are seeing regretfully in Europe,” said Benjamin Netanyahu.