US State Department Blacklists Hamas Terror Commander
JNS.org – The US State Department designated Hamas terror commander Abu Anas al-Ghandour as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist last week, imposing sanctions on Ghandour for “posing 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 United States.”
The State Department clarified that the sanctions prohibit US citizens from “engaging in transactions or dealings” with the Gaza-based Ghandour, and that all of his property — subject to US jurisdiction — was deemed “frozen.”
Ghandour, a high-level Hamas operative, has been involved in numerous terrorist operations, including an attack in 2006 on an IDF outpost at the Kerem Shalom crossing along the Israel-Gaza border. The terror attack killed two Israeli soldiers and resulted in the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held captive by Hamas for five years before being freed in a controversial prisoner exchange deal.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called Ghandour’s blacklisting “an attempt to invert the real situation, because the real terrorist is the one who furnishes the arms of the occupier (Israel) to kill the children of Palestine,” referring to the US.