A top European Court of Justice (ECJ) advisor has stated that Hamas should be removed from EU’s terrorism blacklist.
In 2014 the ECJ ruled that the Palestinian Islamist movement should be taken off the list on technical grounds.
Judges of the General Court ruled that EU leaders relied too heavily on media reports rather than their own investigations when they imposed asset freezes and travel bans on Hamas members.
The advocate general at the European Court of Justice, whose advice is usually followed closely by judges, recommended they reject an appeal by the Council of EU member states against the 2014 court ruling.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon was quick to comment on Thursday’s recommendation. Nahshon said: “This is only a [legal] opinion which is not binding on the court and is part of the European judicial process.
“We are convinced that the European Union will do all that is required in order to keep Hamas, an active terrorist group, on the European terror list.”
Hamas is a Palestinian armed group that controls the Gaza Strip and has fought Israel for three decades.