Hamas in Germany
Germany has taken strong measures against Hamas and its supporters. Following a ban on all activities related to Hamas, German authorities conducted raids on properties associated with Hamas members and supporters.
The German Samidoun Group
This move was aimed at enforcing the ban and investigating these groups further. The ban also targeted Samidoun, a group that celebrated Hamas’ attack on Israel in October. Samidoun is formally a “Palestinian advocacy group” with a presence in Germany. It gained attention when the German government banned its activities along with Hamas in November 2022.
The ban was implemented due to Samidoun’s association with supporting Hamas, including celebrating their October 7th attack on Israel. Samidoun has been accused of promoting the ideology of Iran’s leadership and potentially supporting Hezbollah activities in Germany. This action is part of Germany’s efforts to counter antisemitism and radical Islamist influences within its borders.
450 Hamas Members in Germany
The German government estimates that Hamas has around 450 members in the country, involved in various activities ranging from sympathy expressions to fundraising for the organization abroad. These actions are part of Germany’s crackdown on groups supporting antisemitism, reflecting their commitment to combat radical Islamist influences.
Hamas has a presence in Germany. While it primarily operates in the Palestinian territories, it also has supporters and members in various countries, including Germany. The German government has taken measures to ban Hamas-related activities and groups that support it. The ban is in line with Germany’s efforts to combat extremism and support for terrorist organizations.
Germany’s domestic intelligence service estimates that Hamas has around 450 members in the country, engaged in activities ranging from propaganda to financing. The European Union and the United States also classify Hamas as a terrorist organization due to its history of violence and attacks on civilians.
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How the Israel-Hamas 2023 War Started
The Israel-Hamas War of 2023 began abruptly on October 7th, when Hamas orchestrated a comprehensive land, sea, and air assault on Israel from the Gaza Strip. This attack, coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, caught many by surprise, especially as many IDF soldiers were on leave.
The assault was unprecedented in its scale, launching over 2,200 rockets in 20 minutes, breaching the border with explosives and bulldozers, and even infiltrating via motorboats and paragliders.
This devastating attack resulted in over 1,200 deaths, multiple instances of sexual violence and rape, mutilations, kidnappings of babies, women and children and various other atrocities perpetrated on Israelis by the Palestinian attackers and mobs, marking it as the deadliest day for Israel since its independence.
In response, the IDF declared a state of alert and began mobilizing its reserves, calling up more than 350,000 over the following days. By October 8th, Israel had declared itself in a state of war, the first time since the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Air strikes were initiated in the Gaza Strip, and a total siege was imposed, cutting off essential supplies. The war saw the difficulty in targeting terrorists and their weapon caches due to Gaza’s intricate network of tunnels, complicating rescue efforts for the hostages taken by Hamas.
While the war primarily centered on the Gaza Strip, it wasn’t confined to it. IDF intensified its raids in the West Bank and conducted airstrikes for the first time since the second intifada. Skirmishes with Hezbollah near the Lebanese border raised fears of a second front.
Even the Houthi forces in Yemen attempted strikes on southern Israel, indicating a broader coordination among Iran-led resistance factions. The conflict culminated in a temporary 4 day hostage deal ceasefire agreement on November 24, mediated by