Inside Story

Why is the UK planning to outlaw Palestine’s Hamas group?

Fury is growing in Palestine after Britain’s interior minister says she is banning Hamas.

The United Kingdom is on the cusp of designating all of Hamas as a “terrorist organisation”.

It comes as UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, who will present the change to parliament in the coming days, says there is no way in distinguishing between Hamas’s political and military branches.

If approved, the move would not only hinder the group but affect people in Gaza who rely on social welfare programmes that Hamas manages.

Hamas is already designated a “terrorist group” by the European Union, the United States and Canada.

But what will the implications be?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Anne Herzberg – Legal adviser of NGO Monitor.

Roxane Farmanfarmaian – Lecturer on international relations of the Middle East at the University of Cambridge.

Mustafa Barghouti – Palestinian politician and general secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative.