US designates leader of Hamas and 3 entities as global terrorists

US Treasury BuildingThe US Department of State has designated 1 person and 3 entities as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), pursuant to section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (asset freezes imposed). That Executive Order imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the US.

The designated person, Ismail Haniyeh, is alleged to be the leader and president of the Political Bureau of Hamas; an entity designated in 1997 as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, and in 2001 as an SDGT. He is stated as having “close links with Hamas’ military wing” and for being “a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians”. Furthermore, there are reports that he has been involved in “terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens”.

The 3-designated entities are: Harakat al-Sabireen (alleged to be an Iranian backed terrorist group operating primarily in Gaza and the West Bank); Liwa al-Thawra (alleged to be a terrorist group active in the Qalyubia and Monofeya governorates of Egypt); and Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM) (alleged to be a terrorist group also active in Egypt). Links here for OFAC Notice and Department of State press release.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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