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July 01, 2006

For the record

A front-page article in the Washington Post on Saturday fudges on whether Hamas is a terrorist organization. It simply attributes this view to Israel: "Israel considers Hamas, known formally as the Islamic Resistance Movement, a terrorist organization."

For the record, the United States also considers Hamas a terrorist organization. The Secretary of State has repeatedly designated Hamas as a "foreign terrorist organization," with all the legal consequences that such a designation has. Here is the most recent list of designated "foreign terrorist organizations," with a discussion of the legal criteria and legal ramifications.