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‘Hamas Is Not a Terrorist Group,’ Says UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths

UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths told a representative from British media on Wednesday, February 14, that he did not consider Hamas to be a terrorist group.

Asked about the feasibility of Israel’s military goal to eliminate Hamas and disallow the terrorist group from having any governing say in Gaza, Griffiths responded, “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us, as you know, it is a political movement. But, I think it is very very difficult to dislodge these groups without a negotiated solution; which includes their aspirations.”

“I cannot think of an example offhand of a place where a victory through warfare has succeeded against a well-entrenched group, terrorist or otherwise,” he added.

Speaking of Hamas’s October 7 attack, Griffiths said he had “total understanding” of the “trauma” it had caused Israel but that Israel would need to build a relationship with its neighbors regardless.

Griffiths affirmed that the United Nations would not participate in the forced evacuation of Palestinian civilians into safe zones. Griffith did not mention the two hostages the IDF rescued from Rafah, proving that Hamas was carrying out their illegal activities within a heavily populated civilian area.

Meanwhile, another UN chief, Philippe Lazzarini, head of the United Nations agency UNRWA, said on Monday he had “no intention to resign” following allegations that some staff members participated in the Hamas-led attack on Israel on October 7. (JPost / VFI News)

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. ” - Isaiah 5:20