Iqbal Jassat: UK’s Designation of Hamas Legitimizing War Criminal Israel
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iqbal Jassat, political analyst, says Britain is still following its colonialist policy, by punishing the victim instead of the aggressor, proven by Hamas designation as a “terrorist group”.
In an interview with FNA, Jassat said, “Britain's track record in Palestine has historically been biased in support of the occupying regime. What this move does is to confirm its prejudiced policy against Palestinians… As a former colonial empire responsible for the dismemberment of Palestine given the immoral and illegitimate Balfour Declaration of 1917, and decades of military aid to the occupying power, Britain has lived up to its legacy of colonialism.”
Iqbal Jassat is an Executive Member of the South Africa-based Media Review Network, a socio-political advocacy group which is concerned with media and political analysis.
Below is the full text of the interview:
Q: The UK has designated Hamas as a “terrorist organization”. Why is that the case that Britain, which is expected to punish the aggressor for committing crimes, designates the anti-aggression resistance group?
A: Britain's decision to bulldoze Parliament in consenting to proscribe Hamas as a terrorist organization, has been orchestrated by the highest echelons in the Zionist regime. Reliable reports indicate the Apartheid regime has been exerting enormous pressure on Boris Johnson and it included collaboration between Zionist lobby groups in America and Britain. The fact that UK Home Secretary Priti Patel made her shocking announcement to outlaw Hamas at a right-wing neocon meeting in America, reveal the extent of dirty plotting involved. The Tory government has always been an ardent supporter of the Apartheid settler regime, and thus to expect it to punish it for crimes against humanity, would be naive. As a former colonial empire responsible for the dismemberment of Palestine given the immoral and illegitimate Balfour Declaration of 1917, and decades of military aid to the occupying power, Britain has lived up to its legacy of colonialism by punishing victims instead of the aggressor.
Q: Does the UK’s move give legitimacy to the occupation regime of Tel Aviv?
A: Britain's track record in Palestine has historically been biased in support of the occupying regime. What this move does is to confirm its prejudiced policy against Palestinians. Despite regular opportunities at various intervals, neither the Labour party nor the Tories, imposed stringent conditions of any sort to ensure that Palestine's fundamental rights are protected. In the face of the horrors visited upon Palestine, the British government has failed dismally to institute steps either at the UN Security Council or other forums to end Zionist state terrorism. Instead by targeting Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, the UK grants legitimacy to a regime guilty of war crimes.
Q: Do you believe the resistance led by Hamas will be harmed by the UK’s move?
A: Hamas is renowned and respected for its deep seated commitment to free Palestine. As has been the case of liberation movements such as the African National Congress (ANC) who fought long hard battles to overcome Apartheid in South Africa, Hamas is similarly engaged in resisting Zionist settler colonialism. Hamas is a significant political player in the struggle for Palestine's freedom and for any western power to disregard it, is extremely short-sighted. Hamas has survived many ordeals of the type Priti Patel has led to designate it as a terrorist organization, but emerged stronger, resilient and determined.