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Cairo court imposes temporary ban on Hamas activities in Egypt
Relations between the Palestinian Islamist group and the Egyptian authorities have soured since the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013; Hamas condemns decision
El-Sayed Gamal El-Deen, Tuesday 4 Mar 2014
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The exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, left, and Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh wave from the rooftop of a vehicle during a parade following Meshaal's arrival in Gaza City, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 (Photo: AP)

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has banned all activities in Egypt by Hamas pending a court verdict in an espionage case involving ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of the Islamist Palestinian group.

The court also banned all "organisations or groups branching from, financed or supported by Hamas," a judicial source told Ahram Online.

Hamas was prompt to criticise the ruling, saying that it "strongly condemned" what it described as an "unjustifiable" and "highly political" decision that was based on "fabrications and false news."

"Hamas has neither activities nor official offices in Egypt, whether before, during or after the [2011 revolution]," a Hamas official said in a statement e-mailed to Ahram Online.

"The decision targets the Palestinian people … and is consistent with goals to fight and eliminate the Palestinian resistance against which Hamas is a bulwark," the official added.

Hamas -- the Palestinian Islamist Resistance Movement -- is an ideological offshoot of the now-banned Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. It was founded in 1987 at the height of the first Palestinian intifada against Israel.

The relationship between the group, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2006, and the Egyptian authorities has soured since the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Egyptian officials have accused Hamas of providing support to Islamic militants who have increased their fatal attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula since Morsi's ouster. Hamas has repeatedly denied any such involvement.

Egyptian authorities have also accused several Hamas members of undermining national security by involvement in a series of jailbreaks at the beginning of the Egyptian revolution in January 2011.

Authorities have also charged former president Morsi of espionage with Hamas officials.

Thirty-six Muslim Brotherhood members, including Morsi, are currently being prosecuted for charges of espionage. The prosecution accuses the Brotherhood members of collaborating with Gaza rulers Hamas, Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah and other organisations "inside and outside" Egypt to smuggle arms, organise military training for group members in the Gaza Strip, and funding a scheme to stir chaos and threaten national security in Egypt.

Hamas has also denied any involvement in prison breaks or illegal cooperation with the ousted Islamist leader.

The group said on Tuesday it had been a subject of an "unprecedented media and political campaign of incitement and defamation" in Egypt.

Shortly after the Egyptian government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013, an Egyptian lawyer, Samir Sabry, filed a legal complaint with the court asking it to declare Hamas a terrorist organisation.

Tensions between Hamas and the Egyptian authorities have also been exacerbated by Egypt's campaign to destroy tunnels providing vital gas and food supplies to 1.7 million Palestinians in  the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli siege since 2007, as well as frequent closures of the Rafah crossing into the strip.

Egypt says it has destroyed near 1,300 tunnels on its borders with Gaza since January 2011.

Last week, Hamas organised a sizeable rally on the Palestinian side of the crossing to demand Egypt opens the vital access point on a permanent basis.

The Islamist group maintains a hostile attitude towards Fatah, the main faction in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which controls the occupied West Bank.

Ahram Online asked Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Ati to reflect on the repurcussions of the court ruling on Egyptian-Palestinian relations.

However, Abdel-Ati said "The Egyptian judiciary is independent and I cannot comment on the case." 

Egypt has repeatedly declared its support for the right of the Palestinians to establish an independent state in the West bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Cairo maintains that its decisions to close down the Rafah crossing stems solely from security considerations related to the ongoing Islamic militant insurgency in Sinai.





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Jumbadaq
05-03-2014 09:39am
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Decision come from talabib
Court of Egypt is a biget agent of zainost jewhs .no value of this decision .second rate judgs third rate decision..cours on those judgs who maked this bull shit
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Masry
05-03-2014 12:53am
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Keep trying
You MB sheep just keep trying to make this about Islam . Thus is not about Islam this is about fighting cowards who hide behind a retarded understanding a warped ideology. Muslims are fighting these terrorist cowards. Hamas has made a stupid miscalculation. By supporting the terrorist group the MB they leave Egypt no choice but the put the clamps on the tunnels and the raafat crossing hurting the Gaza population. Egyptian security against these cowards is the number one priority.
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Mona Abdel-Aziz, Alewx
04-03-2014 08:08pm
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End Game
For our security, disarm Gaza an rule it by military. we need to change our peace agreement with Israel that is responsible for this bad situation. Do not listen to fearful, psycho Zionists.
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Aziz
05-03-2014 06:00am
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Imperialism
Palestinians want nothing to do with Egyptian imperialism.
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Allen
04-03-2014 08:06pm
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A sad day for Muslim brotherhood terrorists.
Their wings are getting clipped. It must have been the prime source of their bombs and a munitions for them to come here in droves whining. Thanks to Gen. Sisi terror and the brotherhood will be decimated soon. Good luck to all decent Egyptians cleaning the brotherhood cancer out of your lives.
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abdulrahman
14-03-2014 05:20pm
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Commendation By An Israeli
El Sisi !! You have massacred the Egyptians protesters. Now you are strangulating Palestinians. Is Egypt now a sister state to Israel..
Aziz
04-03-2014 11:05pm
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keep egypt out of palestine
More like whining from pro-Israel Egyptians. The world does not revolve around Cairo.
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Khofo, Giza
04-03-2014 08:05pm
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Egyptian Land
Gaza was part of Egypt since King Tohotmos and will remain as the gateway to Egypt security. Gaza must be free of criminals and arms. it is the end of clowning.
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Durb
04-03-2014 07:04pm
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Truces?
Does this mean Egypt is washing its hands of brokering truces between Palestinians and Israel? How can Egyptians mediate if they stop contact with Hamas?
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Omar Ahmed, red Sea
04-03-2014 06:34pm
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Pay Back
Gaza, Egypt opened its arms to Pals refugees in 1945 and helped them to live in peace. Criminal Hamas group has sold Gaza to foreign interest and converted it to illegal drug and arms market. Backup and leave before you lose you existence for your anti-Islamic behavior.
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George
04-03-2014 07:50pm
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Hamas is criminal for fighting Israel
Sisis is right in fighting Hamas and Fatah. Long live the Israeli-Egyptian aliance. Death to terrorism. Allahu Akbar
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ALLEN
04-03-2014 06:32pm
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Who actually reads this?
Seems to me that the only ones who comment or "vote" on the comments on this site are the coup loving, anti-islamic, , rascist, fascist hypocrites who feel that they are the elitists and have every right to trounce on the oppressed.
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Allen
04-03-2014 08:22pm
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Hate to burst your bubble boy
Obviously you with your fake Anglo name and a member of the Muslim brotherhood terrorists reads it. Yes anti terrorists outnumber you, inspire of what your master MB terrorists brainwashed you with, they really outnumber the MB terrorists.
Gem. Sami Cohen
04-03-2014 07:54pm
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Allen, you are wrong
We pro-Israeli Egyptians stand for Sissi and his revolution. Yers, it is a revolution against democracy, but it is a democracy for the dignity of Egyptian.
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AoronJan
04-03-2014 03:50pm
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Hamas is a threat to Egypt's stability
Egyptians under the great leadership of general Sisi have finally realized the reality. MB and Hamas are all same. A good Islamist is a dead Islamist. Thank You Egyptians!!! Best wishes!!!
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Farid Achahboun
04-03-2014 03:29pm
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Zionists rule Egypt
Ultimate prove Egypt is ruled by zionist proxies. There task is to oppress Islam and keep the population retarded and block any development and progress to unification of the UMMAH like the west is expanding to russian borders. In the west, which harbors deep hatred against muslims and arabs we still find decent voices. Can this be said from our arab media? From The Times "Despite renouncing violence and recognising the state of Israel Fatah had not achieved a Palestinian state. The political leadership of Hamas is probably the most highly qualified in the world. Boasting more than 500 PhDs in its ranks, the majority are middle-class professionals - doctors, dentists, scientists and engineers. Most of its leadership have been educated in our universities and harbour no ideological hatred towards the West. It is a grievance-based movement, dedicated to addressing the injustice done to its people. The Bush-Blair response to the Hamas victory in 2006 is the key to today's horror."
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