US declares Islamic Jihad leader 'Global Terrorist'
Published Thursday 23/01/2014 (updated) 25/01/2014 22:28
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The US Department of State on Thursday designated a Palestinian leader of the Islamic Jihad movement a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist," according to the State Department's website.
Ziyad al-Nakhalah was designated as a wanted "terrorist" under an executive order "which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism," the State Department said in a statement.
"The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Ziyad al-Nakhalah, and the freezing of all property and interests of Ziyad al-Nakhalah that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons," the statement said.
Responding to Thursday's designation, a member of Islamic Jihad's political bureau told Ma'an that the decision provides cover for Israel to assassinate Islamic Jihad leaders and members.
In the designation, the US emphasized its partnership with the Israeli occupation in crimes against Palestinians, Nafith Azzam told Ma'an.
Azzam said that the US decision would not change Islamic Jihad's determination to fight against Israel and to defend the Palestinian people.