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Govt's designation of Hamas "runs contrary" to rest of the world

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Publish Date
Fri, 1 Mar 2024, 7:32AM
Smoke and explosion following an Israeli bombardment inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024.  Photo / AP
Smoke and explosion following an Israeli bombardment inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. Photo / AP

Govt's designation of Hamas "runs contrary" to rest of the world

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 1 Mar 2024, 7:32AM

The Government is making it illegal for New Zealanders to support Hamas.  

It's designated Hamas' political wing a terrorist entity, the same as its military wing. 

It will also ban from New Zealand several extremist Israeli settlers who have committed violent attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank. 

Strategic analyst Paul Buchanan told Mike Hosking that it's about tightening relations with security partners and won't dismantle Hamas.  

He says it also runs contrary to the majority of world opinion, which sees a distinction between the political and armed wings of Hamas. 

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