Egypt Overturns Hamas Terror Label as Gaza Rocket Attacks Continue

Attacks like this aren't terrorism? Israeli apartment hit during previous fighting with Gaza. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of ZAKA.

Is more fighting on the way? Israeli apartment hit during previous fighting with Gaza. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of ZAKA.

An Egyptian court has overthrown a previous court ruling designating Hamas a terrorist organization—despite the fact that the US and others still count Hamas as terrorists—according to Ahram Online. The report said Hamas welcomed the move, saying it would better ties between Egypt and the Gaza leadership. While Hamas may have seen one nation reverse course on labeling them as terrorists, that doesn’t mean that terrorism coming from Gaza has ceased—even if it’s not coming from Hamas this time.

For the third time in less than two weeks, rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza. Haaretz reported that a smaller terror group claimed credit for the latest attack on Twitter, stating they were not committed to the Hamas-Israel truce that ended last year’s war. An IDF Spokeperson’s Unit press release confirmed the attack and said that there were no injuries. The IDF responded by hitting terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.

The Egypt court that overruled labeling Hamas terrorists said that a lower court that issued the original charge that Hamas is a terror group lacked jurisdiction. Canada, the US, and others have kept Hamas on the terror list.

While the latest attacks were claimed by a group other than Hamas, the Gaza-leading group has launched thousands of rockets at Israel over the years. They have also spearheaded three wars while attempting kidnappings, firing an anti-tank missile at a school bus and other attacks.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, speaking on Twitter after the rocket attacks in the middle of last week, slammed Hamas’ approach in Gaza. “#Israelis & Palestinians deserve to live normal lives #Hamas chooses rockets not reconstruction,” tweeted Lerner.

(By Joshua Spurlock,, June 6, 2015)

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