Pro-Palestine protests in UK ‘stirred up by Iranian and Hamas network’

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Countering Violent Extremism


On Thursday, Mr Simcox will argue that Hamas and its Iranian state sponsor pose a threat beyond the Middle East and that “it is time to confront reality” about the nature of the extremist threats faced following the Hamas attack on Israel. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), he will voice concern “that support for Hamas does not carry the stigma that support for other terrorist groups does” and that “terrorist attacks on Israel are seen as not only more justifiable than attacks on other countries but [also], to some, a cause for celebration.” He will say that “too often, support for Palestinian rights has translated into rhetoric supportive of Hamas” and that “too many in positions of prominence have praised them or their leadership or sought to rationalise or excuse their acts of terror.”