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New US Designations, Sanctions on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad

(JNS) The U.S. State and Treasury Departments announced sanctions and designations on Tuesday, November 14 for the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations and their supporters.

The new measures represent the third round of sanctions on those affiliated with Hamas who were involved in the Oct. 7 terror attacks on southern Israel.

Akram al-Ajouri, deputy secretary general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and “leader of its militant wing,” was labeled a “specially designated global terrorist.”

“Iran’s support, primarily through its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, enables Hamas and PIJ’s terrorist activities, including through the transfer of funds and the provision of both weapons and operational training,” stated U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “Iran has trained PIJ fighters to produce and develop missiles in Gaza while also funding groups that provide financial support to PIJ-affiliated fighters.”

Blinken added that Washington was coordinating with London “to protect the international financial system from abuse by Hamas and its enablers.”

The Treasury Department’s foreign assets control office designated seven people and two organizations.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated that Washington will continue to work with partners, including the United Kingdom, “to deny Hamas the ability to raise and use funds to carry out its atrocities. … Hamas’s actions have caused immense suffering and shown that terrorism does not occur in isolation. Together with our partners we are decisively moving to degrade Hamas’s financial infrastructure, cut them off from outside funding and block the new funding channels they seek to finance their heinous acts.”

Washington also designated Hamas operatives and financial backers on Oct. 18 and Oct. 27, as well as in May 2022.

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