Hamas slams United States for listing its chief as terrorist

Lucy Bush
February 1, 2018

The statement published by the US State Department said that sanctions will be imposed on Haniyeh and the Gaza-based terrorist organization, freezing any US-based assets and preventing US citizens from conducting business with the newly designated terrorists.

"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", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. "Hamas has been responsible for an estimated 17 American lives killed in terrorist attacks".

According to Newsweek, he's also said to have ties to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a proxy group of Iran, as well as its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.

Hamas says the designation will not deter it from opposing Israel.

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The State Department similarly designated three groups - two Muslim Brotherhood splinter groups, and one Iranian-backed group - as terrorists.

The movement's leaders considered the U.S. decision as "ridiculous". Harakat al-Sabireen also previously established a rocket factory in Gaza that was destroyed in the summer of 2014, and the group had plans to carry out attacks against Israel in February 2016.

During the Israel-Hamas war, he went to Turkey for treatment to his leg, which he lost, Fox News reported.

"As for the Palestinian terrorist groups, it gives them potentially up to $100 million annually".

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Born in 1963 in the Gaza Strip, he was exiled by Israel to southern Lebanon in 1992, along with scores of Hamas leaders, for about a year. The United States is not fooled by any attempt by Hamas to rebrand itself.

The move came amid rising tensions between the US and the Palestinians, which boiled over in December after President TrumpDonald John TrumpStormy Daniels on statement denying Trump affair: "I do not know where it came from" Five Takeaways from Trump's State of the Union Van Jones: Trump "selling sweet-tasting candy with poison in it" MORE recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

He said the announcement "crossed every red line" and called on Palestinians to resist it: "This Zionist policy supported by the United States can not be confronted unless we ignite a new intifada".

Days of sometimes violent demonstrations in the Palestinian territories and other parts of the Middle East ensued.

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