Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

MEP calls for ban on Hamas' political wing within the EU

2nd September 2003

In a debate in the European Parliament yesterday Charles Tannock MEP condemned the recent terrorist attack in Jerusalem, which killed 20 bus passengers, including young infants.

The attack was carried out by the Islamist Group Hamas in spite of there being a cease fire agreement with Israel at the time. Mr Tannock, Conservative Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, called on the EU to follow the US example to place Hamas on a banned terrorist list. He said:

"It is absurd that an organisation whose military wing has already been banned in the EU should be allowed to continue fundraising activities which directly finance the killing of innocent Israelis.

The argument made by the Commission that this allows channels of communication and leverage is spurious as it is clear that Hamas and Islamic Jihad pay absolutely no heed to European calls for restraint or moderation."