Political Leader of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, gets added on the EU’s Terror List

On Tuesday, the European Union Council took action by adding Yahya Sinwar, the political leader of Hamas, to its list of designated terrorists. This decision comes three months after the disturbing events involving Hamas in Israel on October 7. Additionally, Ahmed Khaled Muller, a member of Al-Shabab in Somalia, has been included in the EU’s autonomous sanctions list against ISIS and Al-Qaida. Muller has been involved in combat operations and carried out terrorist acts on behalf of Al-Shabab, an organization affiliated with Al-Qaida.

As a consequence of being added to the terrorist list, these individuals will now face the freezing of their funds and other financial assets within EU member states. Moreover, EU operators are prohibited from providing funds and economic resources to them.

The Council emphasized its unwavering commitment to taking decisive measures against those posing a threat to international peace and security through the planning, financing, and execution of terrorist attacks, as well as the dissemination of lethal propaganda globally.

Notably, on December 8, the EU Council had already taken action by adding Mohammed Deif, the Commander General of Hamas’ military wing, the Ezzedin al-Qassam Brigade, and Marwan Issa, the deputy Commander of the same military wing, to the list. As a result, their funds and financial assets were also subjected to freezing measures.

The Council underscored that these decisions reaffirm the European Union’s commitment to addressing the persistent terrorist threat posed by Al-Qaeda, ISIL (Da’est), and their regional affiliates.

The compilation of individuals, groups, and entities engaged in terrorist activities and subject to restrictive measures is a component of the EU’s strategy in response to terrorism following the September 11 attacks in 2001.

These lists, which include 13 individuals and 21 groups and entities, undergo regular review intervals of at least every six months.

Jewish, European and Israel Congress Support the Decision

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz expressed appreciation for what he deemed a “fair and ethical decision” made by the EU.

In a statement on the X social media platform, Katz highlighted the decision as an outcome of diplomatic efforts aimed at cutting off Hamas’s resources, delegitimizing the group, and prohibiting all forms of support. He affirmed a continued commitment to rooting out the source of the problem in Gaza and wherever it emerges.

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) also applauded the decision. EJC President Ariel Muzicant described the move as fitting, correct, and logical. Muzicant emphasized that Hamas, being a terror organization, should have all its leaders automatically included in EU and member states’ sanctions lists, with no distinction between its military and political branches. He lamented that it took the events of October 7 for this recognition to sanction Sinwar, emphasizing that Hamas’s nature as a terror organization committed to the destruction of Israel and harm to Jews should now be evident to all.

The EJC urged the European Union to extend the sanctions list automatically to all senior political and military leaders of Hamas, whether directly involved in Gaza’s terror campaign or residing in hotels in Qatar and Turkey. The call was for Europe to display zero tolerance for terrorism anywhere. 

Ismail Haniyeh Raises Objections, Communicated Through A Spokesperson.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz expressed gratitude for what he considered a “fair and ethical decision” by the EU.

In a statement on the X social media platform, Katz underscored that the decision resulted from diplomatic efforts aimed at cutting off Hamas’s resources, delegitimizing the group, and prohibiting all forms of support. He reiterated a commitment to addressing the root causes of the issue in Gaza and wherever it arises.

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) also lauded the decision. EJC President Ariel Muzicant characterized.

Yahya Sinwar’s net worth, estimated to be between $1 and $3 million by the BBC, has been highlighted. In response to the EU’s decision to impose sanctions, he expressed the view that such measures hold no significance against Hamas. Sinwar argued that the imposition of sanctions on the leaders of resistance, including Hamas, which resists the Israeli occupation as per international law, reflects a bias towards the occupation.

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