EU Court: Hamas Not Terrorist Group [VIDEO]

A top court in the European Union ruled that Hamas be removed from a terrorist organization list on Wednesday. The judges said their decision was based β€œnot on acts examined,” but β€œfactual imputations derived from the press and the Internet.” In its charter, Hamas explicitly states it is committed to the destruction of Israel. The Islamic extremist group is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Israel among others, and it is known for actively encouraging violence. β€œIt was just last month that you had the vicious, brutal attack at the Har Nof synagogue [in Jerusalem] that received wall-to-wall condemnation around the world,” an Israeli diplomatic official told The Jerusalem Post. β€œHamas openly celebrated the atrocity and called for more such attacks. Hamas has proven that it remains a hard-core terrorist organization.” The court ruling came hours before the European Parliament is set to vote on Palestinian statehood and a Jordanian-backed draft for Palestinian statehood is expected to be submitted before the UN.