The German government has banned the Palestinian prisoner advocacy group Samidoun and introduced additional measures to crack down on support for Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist organization in the European Union.
The ban includes the confiscation of all property and the prohibition of all internet activities of Samidoun and its affiliated groups on social networks. Continuing to act in support of this organization is considered a criminal offense.
The ban is part of ongoing efforts to counter activities associated with Hamas in Germany, as it is believed that around 450 individuals in the country actively support the organization. Samidoun describes itself as a "network of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners," but the German Ministry of the Interior accuses it of promoting violence and undermining peaceful coexistence in Germany.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser was clear when she emphasized what her intentions were; "With Hamas, I have today completely banned the activities of a terrorist organization whose aim is to destroy the state of Israel," Faeser said in a statement.
Faeser is shocked by the way in which individuals from Samidoun decided to support Hamas at the moment when they carried out attacks on Israel. Samidoun members clearly have clear intentions to support the Palestinians and believe that the conflict must be stopped as soon as possible.
"Holding spontaneous 'jubilant celebrations' here in Germany in response to Hamas's terrible terrorist attacks against Israel demonstrates Samidoun's antisemitic, inhuman worldview in a particularly sickening way," Faeser said.
Fraeser emphasizes that anti-Semitism must not be allowed in Germany. The German government and organizations, many times up until now, have reacted immediately when someone would react in a racist, nationalist, or similar manner.
"German branch would be dissolved and that this would put an end to these activities in Germany. There is no place for antisemitism in Germany, and we will fight it with all our might,"