“The hateful ideologies of terrorist groups and those who support them have no place in Australia”
Australia on Friday officially designated the entire Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Canberra’s decision follows other Western powers that have listed the rulers of the Gaza Strip as a terrorist entity, including the United States, the European Union and Britain.
“The hateful ideologies of terrorist groups and those who support them have no place in Australia,” Home Secretary Karen Andrews said in a statement.
“Our strict laws not only target terrorist acts and terrorists, but also the organizations that plan, finance and carry out these heinous acts,” she added.
Australia had previously listed Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades as a terrorist group, but last month said the whole organization would be included, a process that involved consultations with state and territory leaders.
Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after fighting with Fatah.
The new designation makes it illegal to fund Hamas or support or service the group.
Australia is increasing its list of terrorist groups, which now stands at 28, including the recent addition of the US-based National Socialist Order. Another group active in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, was added to the list in 2004.