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Senior UN official denies Hamas is a terror organization, calling it a 'political movement' that requires a 'negotiated solution'

United Nations Relief Chief Martin Griffiths in an interview with Sky News (Photo: Screenshot)

United Nations Relief Chief Martin Griffiths denied on Wednesday that Hamas is a terror organization during a controversial interview with Sky News.

"Hamas is not a terrorist group for us, as you know, it is a political movement,” Griffiths controversially stated without elaborating.

The conventional definition of a terrorist organization is a group that uses violence to achieve specific political and ideological goals. For that reason, Hamas has been designated a terror organization by the United States, Israel, the European Union, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Argentina.

Griffiths further claimed that such groups can only be pacified by realizing their aspirations.

“It is very difficult to dislodge these groups without a negotiated solution which includes their aspiration,” the Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief coordinator admitted.

Griffiths did not mention that Hamas leadership openly calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews worldwide.

Senior Israeli officials quickly blasted Griffith’s whitewashing of the terrorist organization that perpetrated horrific atrocities against southern border communities in Israel on Oct. 7.

“Shame on him,” Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted in response to the UN official’s remarks.

“The United Nations reaches new lows every day,” he added. “We will eliminate Hamas with or without them.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan condemned the British diplomat's pro-Hamas remarks.

“The UN’s pro-Hamas stance is finally exposed on live TV,” Erdan stated in a message on X. “Is the brutal murder of hundreds of civilians not terror? Is the systematic rape of women not terror? Is attempting Jewish genocide not terror?” he stated.

“You are no ‘humanitarian.’ Sadly, you are a terror collaborator,” Erdan said of the British UN official.

The Biden administration also responded strongly to Griffith's partiality toward Hamas.

“Hamas is a terrorist organization. We’ve said so. It is. It just is,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated during a press briefing in Washington, D.C.

“You don’t have to look any further than what they did on the 7th of October to see it in stark terms,” he added.

Kirby further urged the UN official and others to study the Hamas charter, which openly calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of all Jews.

“Take a look at their manifesto, even the one that was so-called watered down in 2017. There’s no doubt that they just want to wipe out Israel off the face of the map. This is a terrorist organization. Pure and simple. Period,” Kirby concluded.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese recently denied that the Hamas Oct. 7 massacre was rooted in antisemitism.

“The ‘greatest antisemitic massacre of our century’? No, Mr. @EmmanuelMacron. The victims of 7/10 were not killed because of their Judaism but in response to Israel’s oppression. France & the international community did nothing to prevent it. My respects to the victims,” the Palestinian human rights advocate stated.

The United Nations has a history of institutionalized bias against Israel. More UN resolutions have passed against Israel than against all other countries combined, including major human rights violators such as China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

Israeli forces recently unveiled a top-secret Hamas intelligence center located below the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused UNRWA officials to be complicit in the Oct. 7 massacre and the UN Watch representative stated that some UNRWA teachers celebrated when Hamas terrorists and their accomplices began posting video footage during the horrific surprise invasion and attack.

Read more: UN | HAMAS

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