UK Government announces new sanctions on persons linked to Hamas-supporting media network

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"The UK and its partners are committed to cutting off funding sources to Hamas, PIJ and any others supporting terrorist activity that prevents sustainable peace in the Middle East" - UK Treasury Minister Baroness Vere. Photo credit: UK Gov. CC BY 4.0 Deed | Attribution 4.0 International

The UK Government has announced a full asset freeze against two individuals suspected of providing financial support for Gaza Now – a news agency that promotes the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.

All funds and economic resources in the UK belonging to or controlled by Sultana and Ayash have been frozen.

No UK person may make available funds, economic resources and financial services to them or for their benefit, or to any of the companies or organisations they own or control – either over the course of doing business with them or otherwise.

This action is the second use of the Treasury-led domestic counter terrorism sanctions regime, used to target those who it has reasonable grounds to suspect are involved in terrorist activity. Last year it sanctioned an art dealerwho was suspected of abusing the UK’s fine art market to run an international terrorist financing operation for Hizballah.

UK Treasury Minister Baroness Vere said:

The UK and its partners are committed to cutting off funding sources to Hamas, PIJ and any others supporting terrorist activity that prevents sustainable peace in the Middle East.

We will also never hesitate to take action against those who exploit the integrity of Britain’s financial system, its broader economy and threaten our national security.

Today’s action is part of a coordinated international effort with partners in the UK and the United States to deploy financial sanctions to prevent terrorist financing, shielding the UK’s financial system and ensuring our open economy is not abused.

These latest designations build on three packages imposed on Hamas and its associates with the United States, under the UK’s International Counter-Terrorism sanctions regime:

  • On 22 January 2024, five individuals and one entity involved in arranging finance for Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad were sanctioned
  • On 13 December 2023, leaders and financiers of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad were sanctioned
  • On 14 November 2023, four members of Hamas and two financers were sanctioned

A statement from the Government says: “The UK continues to work closely with our partners to identify further opportunities to disrupt Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s financial networks, including cutting off access to funding being used to carry out atrocities. This work is ongoing alongside that to reach a long-term political solution so that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace.”

Source: HM Treasury and Baroness Vere of Norbiton

Main photo: UK GOV. Licence: CC BY 4.0 Deed | Attribution 4.0 International

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  1. This is a very dangerous threat to justice and civil liberties.
    Placing “sanctions” on an individual is a very severe action. For example you cannot receive any money – meaning your income falls to zero.
    It used to be a fundamental principle of British law that the State cannot punish you without a trial, in which your lawyer could question the evidence against you, and challenge it before a court.
    But “sanctions” can be inflicted by politicians directly. No charges. No trial.
    Cut through the rhetoric, and what it comes down to is this: just a bunch of politicians deciding they don’t like you. They’ll quote reasons, sure, and mention “terrorism” or something equally shocking, but they don’t have to prove a thing before a court.

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