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CALL TO BAN TERRORIST GROUPS

Last updated: 2003-07-02

The Board of Deputies has written to Home Secretary, David Blunkett, requesting that two terrorist organisations, Hamas and Hezbollah, should be banned from the UK. These terrorist organisations have been responsible for countless terrorist attacks and the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians.

Whilst the so-called “military” wings of these organisations are proscribed under the UK’s anti-terrorism legislation, their “political” wings are still able to act unrestricted.

In his letter to the Home Secretary, Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: “The organisations themselves make no significant distinction between their political and military wings, and even the EU has recently recognised that the military and political wings of these organisations are increasingly intertwined. The Foreign Secretary has recently called on other European countries to ban Hamas, following President Bush’s recent condemnations of the organisation.

“In these circumstances it would seem completely anomalous for the UK to continue to allow these two terrorist organisations to operate freely within the UK”.