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UK's anti-Hamas terror designation bill approved without vote

Robert Carter
Press TV, London

The UK government's plan to include Palestinian resistance group Hamas's political wing on the list of terror organizations has been successful after the House of Lords approved the bill which Members of Parliament failed to challenge. MPs have to object to a motion in order for it to be put to a vote. But not a single member decided to do so.

The amendment to the Terrorism Act 2000 passed through the lower house of the UK parliament on Wednesday afternoon following a debate. Thursday, it was passed on to the house of lords for further approval meaning that the new law will be enforced from Friday the 26th November.

Although there were no objections to the bill, serious concern over the Palestinians right to resist did cause a stir during the debate.

Away from parliament, concern surrounds how the law change could affect humanitarian efforts to besieged Gaza.

The Palestinian mission to London released a statement on 19th, saying the UK was being 'retrograde and one-sided.' Despite these comments, the UK claims to remain faithful to the so-called two-state solution. 


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