Islamic Jihad blasts US over Hamas 'terror' designation

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad on Tuesday criticized the U.S. for adding three senior Hamas leaders to its list of “global terrorists”.

“Adding [Hamas] resistance leaders on the so-called ‘terrorism list’ gives Israel the green light to pursue and assassinate them” the movement said in a statement.

Hamas went on to describe the move as “political blackmail and intimidation of whoever opposes U.S. policy”.

Earlier Tuesday the U.S. State Department formally designated the three Hamas leaders as “specially designated global terrorists”.

Those added to the list include Mohamed Deif a leader of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades Hamas’ armed wing.

During last year’s devastating military onslaught against the blockaded Gaza Strip Deif’s home was specifically targeted by Israel. While Deif survived the attack his wife and two of his sons were killed.

The two other Hamas leaders to be added to Washington’s “terrorism” list are Yahya Sinwar and Rawhi Mushtaha.

Both men were earlier imprisoned for life by Israel for carrying out resistance operations but were later released in a 2011 prisoner swap in exchange for abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The Journal Of Turkish Weekly

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