Man admits terror offence for wearing T-shirt supporting Hamas

Man admits terror offence for wearing banned T-shirt supporting military wing of Hamas in Golders Green

  • Feras Al Jayoosi, 34, wore two T-shirts supporting banned Palestinian groups
  • Al Jayoosi pleaded guilty to terror offences at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
  • 34-year-old wore a T-shirt in Golders Green, which has a large Jewish population
  • Tops supported Palestine Islamic Jihad and Hamas Izz al-Din al Qassem Brigades

A man who wore T-shirts supporting the military wing of a banned Palestinian group in Golders Green has admitted terror offences.

Feras Al Jayoosi, 34, from Swindon, pleaded guilty to four counts of wearing an article supporting a proscribed organisation at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The charges relate to him wearing T-shirts supporting the military wing of the Palestinian organisation Hamas – Hamas Izz al-Din al Qassem Brigades – and Palestine Islamic Jihad. 

Both groups are proscribed as terrorist organisations in the UK.

Feras Al Jayoosi, 34, from Swindon, pleaded guilty to four counts of wearing an article supporting a proscribed organisation at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday. Pictured: Stock image of T-shirt supporting Hamas Izz al-Din al Qassem Brigades

Al Jayoosi wore the garments in Golders Green, an area of north London with a large Jewish population, on June 8 and 9 this year. Three of the charges relate to these occasions.

The fourth charge relates to Al Jayoosi wearing the T-shirts at Barbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort in Wiltshire, on May 30 this year. 

Al Jayoosi stood in the dock to confirm his name, date of birth and address before pleading guilty to the charges.

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring adjourned sentencing until December 17 for reports to be prepared.

He said: ‘These are difficult cases to sentence.

‘There is a fine line between support for a legitimate cause and support for a proscribed organisation and you have entered your pleas on that basis.’

He released Al Jayoosi, who the court heard has been diagnosed with autism, on conditional bail.

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