Nov 25, 2021 17:28 UTC
  • 'Covering up Israeli terrorism': Hamas blasts Australia's blacklisting of Hezbollah

Palestine’s resistance movement Hamas has condemned Australia’s decision to label Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization”, saying the move is a blatant bias in favor of the Israeli colonial occupation.

“Hamas Movement condemns and denounces Australia’s decision to designate Hezbollah in Lebanon as a terrorist organization,” said Hamas Spokesman Hazem Qassem in a statement on Thursday.

The resistance group, he said, considers the decision a blatant bias in favor of the illegal occupation of the Zionist entity to cover up its terrorism and continuous aggression against "our Arab and Islamic nation, foremost Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.”

The statement came just a day after Australian Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews announced that Canberra had decided to designate Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization” in its entirety under Australia’s criminal code.

 “Hezbollah's resistance to the Israeli occupation's thuggery is a legitimate act and a humanitarian, religious, national and moral duty according to all international laws and humanitarian and national norms,” the Hamas spokesman further said.

Shortly after the decision, Hezbollah strongly denounced the Australian authorities’ decision and stressed that the move was “a humiliating submission to American and Zionist dictates” and served Israeli interests.

Qassem warned that the “classification of the Palestinian and Arab resistance forces as terrorist organizations encourages the Zionist entity to escalate its crimes against the peoples of our nation and threatens security and peace in the region.”

“Such hollow decisions will not discourage the Palestinian and Arab resistance, led by Hamas Movement and Hezbollah, from carrying out their duty to resist the brutal occupation and to confront its presence in the Arab land by all means,” he said.