Hamas supporters could face up to 10 years in prison under plans to be announced by Priti Patel on Friday.
The interior minister said the organization would be banned by the government under the terrorism law. This means that anyone who expresses support for Hamas, flies its flag or organizes meetings for the organization is breaking the law.
Patel hopes to push the change through parliament next week in a move she says will help fight anti-Semitism.
She told reporters in Washington DC: “We felt that we can no longer disaggregate the kind of military and political side.
“It is based on a wide range of intelligence, information and also links to terrorism. The seriousness of this speaks for itself.
So far, the UK has only banned its military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Patel will make the announcement in a security address in Washington on Friday. She will say this is a vital step towards protecting the Jewish community.
“Hamas is fundamentally and fiercely anti-Semitic,” she said. “Anti-Semitism is a lingering evil that I will never tolerate. Jews regularly feel unsafe – at school, on the streets, when praying, at home and online.
“This move will strengthen the arguments against anyone waving a Hamas flag in the UK, an act that is sure to make the Jewish people feel in danger. “
Hamas has previously been designated an illegal terrorist organization by the United States, Canada and the EU, which means its assets can be seized and its members imprisoned.
Founded in 1987, Hamas holds a majority in the PA parliament and is the largest of several militant Palestinian Islamic groups. Jeremy Corbyn, the former Labor leader, described Hamas as a friend in 2009, although he later said he regretted using the term.
Its name is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement, and it was formed after the start of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Under his charter, he pledged to destroy Israel.
The 1988 Hamas charter defines Palestine – including present-day Israel – as Islamic land and excludes any permanent peace with the Jewish state. The document also repeatedly launches attacks against Jews as a people, accusing the movement of being anti-Semitic.
In 2017, a new political document stopped before recognizing Israel, but formally accepted the creation of an interim Palestinian state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The document also says that Hamas’ struggle is with “the occupying Zionist aggressors”, not with the Jews.
Patel told reporters Thursday night that the Hamas ban would send a “very, very strong message to anyone who thinks it’s okay to support an organization like this.”
In her speech in Washington, where she visited senior members of Joe Biden’s administration, Patel is expected to say: been involved in significant terrorist violence.
“But Hamas’s current list creates an artificial distinction between different parts of the organization – it is only right that the list is updated to reflect this.
“This is an important step, especially for the Jewish community. If we tolerate extremism, it will erode the rock of security. “