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UK civil-society groups unite against Hamas attacks on Israel

They urged accountability for those who support the terrorist organization.

The scene where a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants hit a building and cars in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on Oct. 9, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90.
The scene where a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants hit a building and cars in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on Oct. 9, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90.

Nearly 30 civil-society groups across the United Kingdom have come together to denounce the multi-pronged assault by Hamas on Israel over the weekend that has to date left 900 dead, more than 2,000 wounded and 130-plus in the captivity of the terror group that rules the Gaza Strip.

“We, as various civil society organizations, join together in calling on the UK government, universities and other relevant bodies to hold to account anyone who publicly supports Hamas in the name of the Palestinian people,” the group states in a letter, which was shared with JNS prior to its release on Monday.

The group, which includes B’nai B’rith UK and British branches of the media watchdog CAMERA, called on media outlets to refer to Hamas as  “terrorists,” rather than “militants.” It further urged international entities to “stop excusing the violence by attributing Hamas’s attack to the failure of the peace process, frustrated young men or ‘the occupation.’”

The third point refers to Judea and Samaria, and the existence of Israeli communities living there.

“We are also aware of reports that Iran may have been involved in helping orchestrate these attacks against Israel, and we call on the UK government to immediately proscribe the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization,” according to the letter.

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