| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

Germany conducts searches related to Hamas, Samidoun activities

The German interior ministry said on Thursday it was conducting searches in four federal states in relation to formerly announced bans of activities of Hamas as well as pro-Palestinian group Samidoun.

“We continue our consistent action against radical Islamists,” German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement.

“With the bans on HAMAS and Samidoun in Germany, we have sent a clear signal that we will not tolerate any glorification or support of the barbaric terror of HAMAS against Israel,” Faeser added.

Last week, German police conducted raids in seven states over the Islamic Center of Hamburg’s suspected support for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the interior ministry said.

Authorities searched more than 50 properties connected to the center whose activities are suspected of violating Germany’s constitutional order.

The raids, which also targeted five other associations believed to be subgroups of the center, were aimed at securing evidence as part of the ministry’s investigation, the authorities said.

On Nov. 2, Faeser implemented a formal ban on activity by or in support of Hamas and dissolved Samidoun, following up on a pledge made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz shortly after the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat