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israel-palestine conflict

Hamas Charity Man Cleared by Court

Published tisdag 17 februari 2009 kl 12.00
Gaza was the scene of an Israeli assault in January

A man from the southern city of Malmö who had been accused of ties to Hamas has been acquitted on Tuesday.

The charge was that via the Al-Aqsa Grain Foundation for children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip he had collected money that ended up in the hands of groups with links to Hamas.

Now the Al-Aqsa Grain Foundation will get back the 150,000 US dollars that was seized by a previous court order.

While many of the groups that received money were sympathetic to Hamas, the court ruled that support for Hamas is so widespread in the area that this could not be taken to mean actual membership of Hamas.

And likewise the court decided that Israel’s banning of these organisations could also not be taken into consideration, as Israel and Hamas are in a situation that approximates war.

The Palestinian movement Hamas runs Gaza, but is on the EU list of terrorist organisations.

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