Netanyahu says Europe 'learned nothing' from Holocaust

AFP , Wednesday 17 Dec 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Europeans appeared to have learned nothing from the Holocaust, after an EU court ordered the removal of Hamas from its terror blacklist.

"In Luxemburg the European court removed Hamas from the list of terrorist organisations, Hamas that has committed countless war crimes and countless terror acts," Netanyahu's office quoted him as saying.

"It seems that too many in Europe, on whose soil six million Jews were slaughtered, have learned nothing."

"But we in Israel, we've learned. We'll continue to defend our people and our state against the forces of terror and tyranny and hypocrisy," he said at the start of a meeting with US Republican Senator-elect Joni Ernst.

The General Court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that the original listing of Hamas in 2001 was based not on sound legal judgements but on conclusions derived from the media and the Internet.

But it stressed that the decision to remove Hamas was based on technical grounds and does "not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group".

Hamas, which has been ruling Gaza since 2007, had appealed against its inclusion on the blacklist on several grounds.

It hailed the court's decision as a "victory."

Israel launched a 50-day, bloody assault on the Gaza Strip in July and August, killing nearly 2,200 Palestinians. On the Israeli side, 73 people- mostly soldiers- died during the offensive.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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