There used to be a time that Egyptian leftistts trusted the judicairy. That time has passed. The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Saturday ruled Hamas a terrorist organisation, a month after the group's military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, was also designated a terror group by the same court.
The verdict resulted from two separate private suits filed by Samir
Sabry and Ashraf Said, both lawyers, against the de facto rulers of the
The relationship between Egypt's authorities and the Islamist
resistance group has soured since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s
Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian sister organisation.
Egypt's cabinet declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in
December 2013, and the authorities have since charged many Brotherhood
members with offences including support for terrorism.
Egypt has accused Hamas of meddling into its internal affairs and
supporting Islamist insurgents in Sinai, accusations that the group has
Cairo has kept the Rafah crossing to the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip closed for extended periods since Morsi's ouster.
The court statement from the Al-Qassam Brigades ruling in January said
that the group's "recent planning and financing of terrorist attacks
show that Al-Qassam brigades and Hamas have swayed from their original
cause of fighting the Israeli occupation."