RAMALLAH, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Palestine on Saturday rejected Britain's decision to designate the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) as a terrorist group, calling it an unjustified attack on the Palestinian people.
"The British decision is against the Palestinian people," the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement, noting that London's move is acquiescence to Israeli pressure and would put obstacles in the way of achieving peace and starting reconstruction in the Gaza Strip.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel said Friday that she would proscribe Hamas "in its entirety, including its political wing." The ban, which should be approved by the parliament, would make it illegal to be a member of Hamas or to voice support for it in Britain.
The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamist movement, has been designated as a terrorist group by Britain since 2001.
Hamas, which was founded in 1987, has governed the Gaza Strip since taking over the area in 2007.