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Hamas urges Arabs and Muslims to emulate European boycott of Israel

Arab and Muslim states should take a firm stand towards any entity that deals with the Israeli occupation as Europe has, Hamas said.

In a statement issued by the movement's press office, Hamas commented on the acts of major European companies that boycotted Israeli settlements and withdrew their investments from the illegal entities.

"We, in Hamas, appreciate and welcome these economic boycotts against the Zionist occupation and we consider it a step in the right direction towards pressuring the occupation to stop its settlement activities and its Judaisation of the Palestinian land."

Hamas also expressed hope "that the European position expands to become a public policy against the ongoing Zionist war which targets the Palestinian people's land, heritage and identity."

It called on the Arab and Muslim countries to "take a firm stand toward any party that deals with the Zionist occupation", while expressing disapproval of any interview, meeting or interaction with Israel and Israeli leaders.

It also called on organisations, businesses and cultural, educational and economic institutions in the world to declare their boycott of Israel in order to pressure the occupation to stop its war on and violation of Palestinian land.

A number of companies and official and non-governmental organisations in Europe are now partaking in an economic boycott of the Israeli occupation. They include Norway's Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), the Dutch pension fund (PGGM), the Danish Danske Bank, the Dutch water company Fitness and the Irish Workers Organisation amongst others.

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