“Yes, Hamas was financed by the government of Israel in an attempt to weaken the Palestinian Authority led by Al Fatah,” defended yesterday the high representative of Foreign Policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, in a vehement defense of the solution of the two states, included in the Oslo agreements of thirty years ago, to give a perspective of lasting peace to Israel and Palestine. Borrell, who included this statement in his speech accepting the title of honorary doctor from the University of Valladolid, received in the Castilian-Leonese city in the final stretch of his mandate as head of community diplomacy, did not provide any data to justify his words. .
In the past, and again after the brutal terrorist attack on October 7, some opposition voices and Israeli media, as well as international newspapers such as The New York Times, have claimed that Netanyahu’s governments turned a blind eye to the information from the intelligence services about the capital injections that the terrorist group received, for example, from Qatar. Israeli Prime Minister Beniamin Netanyahu has publicly denied these allegations.
“The two-state solution must be imposed from the outside to bring peace” to the region, defended Borrell, who admitted that in recent decades the international community “has not done much” to make that perspective a reality. “The good news is that there are people willing to do it,” he said of the renewed support for this solution, which is part of the European Union’s common position. “The bad thing is that Israel, in particular its Government, flatly refuses to accept it,” as Netanyahu himself reiterated yesterday, who has been “personally boycotting it for thirty years,” added Borrell, who recalled the increase in the number of settlers and violent acts. in the West Bank. In its efforts to “weaken” the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli executive would have gone so far as to “create” and “finance” the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, he concluded.
While Borrell gave his speech in Valladolid, the Twenty-Seven approved by written procedure the first round of sanctions adopted to date by the bloc precisely against the sources of financing of Hamas, after including this week its political leader, Yahya Sinuar, in its sanctions regime. Although the Palestinian organization was included on the EU list of terrorist groups in 2001, until now it had never acted against its finances, as the United States or the United Kingdom have done.
Yesterday, “in view of the seriousness of the recent attacks against Israel”, the Twenty-Seven gave the green light to the creation of a specific sanctions framework to attack the financing of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. And they published in the Official Journal of the EU (DOCE) the names of six individuals sanctioned for this reason, among them the Sudanese Abdelbasit Hamza Elhassan Mohamed Khair, known as Hamza, for whose capture the United States Department of State offers 10 million reward dollars; As a “manager of companies in Hamas’s investment portfolio,” he has helped finance the group, the EU maintains.
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Among those sanctioned are also the Lebanese Nabil Khaled Halil Chouman, owner of the entity Shuman for Currency Exchange, as well as his son, Khaled Shuman, and one of his employees, Rida Ali Khamis; The company, based in Beirut, “has been used to launder and transfer” tens of millions of dollars to Hamas, according to the EU.
The Twenty-Seven have also sanctioned Musa Muhammad Salim Dudin, a member of the Hamas politburo and head of the organization’s investment office, as well as Jordanian citizen Aiman Ahmad al Duwaik, resident in Algeria, who manages Hamas’ investment portfolio. abroad. These six individuals will have their property and financial assets frozen in the EU, will not be able to receive financing from European entities and will be banned from entering the community territory, explained a senior European official.
The EU sanctions ‘Hamza’, for whose capture the United States offers ten million dollars
At the end of last year, European foreign ministers discussed for the first time the possibility of acting against Hamas’ funding sources, along with the proposal to sanction settlers responsible for violent acts in the West Bank, in line with decisions taken by the US. Once the sanctions against Hamas’ finances have been adopted, the Twenty-Seven will resume discussions on this initiative on Monday, defended by the countries with more pro-Palestinian positions but supported by Germany, although they will not yet give it the green light.
On the other hand, the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office reported yesterday the receipt of a criminal complaint against the Israeli president, Isaac Herzog, coinciding with his visit to the country to participate in the Davos Forum. Apparently, behind the complaint, filed in Basel, Bern and Zurich, is a group called Legal Actions Against Crimes Against Humanity, which claims to seek a parallel path to the action undertaken by South Africa in The Hague. The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office is in contact with the Foreign Ministry to examine the issue of Herzog’s immunity, who is now back in Israel.