Ismail Haniyeh, the political leader of Hamas, has been designated as a ‘global terrorist’ by the United States’ State Department.
In its latest move, the U.S. State Department has designated Ismail Haniyeh, Harakat al-Sabireen, Liwa al Thawra, and Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).
The State Department quoted the U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson that “these designations target key terrorist groups and leaders – including two sponsored and directed by Iran – who are threatening the stability of the Middle East, undermining the peace process, and attacking our allies Egypt and Israel.”
“Today’s actions are an important step in denying them the resources they need to plan and carry out their terrorist activities.”
Ismail Haniyeh is the leader and President of the Political Bureau of Hamas, “which was designated in 1997 as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and in 2001 as an SDGT.”
“Hamas has been responsible for an estimated 17 American lives killed in terrorist attacks.”
The State Department demanded that “Haniyeh has close links with Hamas’ military wing and has been a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians.”
Department of State has designated Ismail Haniyeh, Harakat al-Sabireen, Liwa al Thawra, and Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. https://t.co/UZMCQXhYTt
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The U.S. State Department accused Ismail Haniyeh of being involved in “terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.”
“Hamas has been responsible for an estimated 17 American lives killed in terrorist attacks,” The U.S. State Department statement added.
Ismail Haniyeh and Erdogan are good friends. Haniyeh's designation as a global terrorist will create an additional headache for Erdogan. pic.twitter.com/OwhAfPkYkW
— Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) January 31, 2018
After the Hamas leader’s placement on the terror list, the U.S. will impose a travel ban on him and any U.S. based financial assets he might have will be frozen.
If any U.S. citizen or company is found doing business with him will be banned.
“It is obvious that this animosity from the US administration towards the Palestinians is unprecedented – with its unconditional support of Israel and its decision surrounding Jerusalem, and cutting its funding to the UN refugee agency [UNRWA],” said another senior Hamas leader Ghazi Hamad told Doha based Al Jazeera denouncing the latest U.S. move.