U.S. Designates Shalit Kidnapper “Global Terrorist”


The U.S. State Department has designated a Hamas military commander involved in the the 2006 kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit as a “global terrorist,” thereby imposing sanctions on him and anyone doing business with him.

The State Department decision announced on Thursday made Abu Anas al-Ghandour a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” under a 2001 executive order that imposes sanctions on foreigners who have committed or pose “a significant risk” of committing terrorist attacks.

In the Shalit kidnapping, two other IDF soldiers were killed and four wounded. Ghandour has also served on the Hamas Shura Council and political bureau.

The U.S. and its citizens will generally not be allowed to conduct business with Ghandour, and any assets he has in the U.S. will be frozen.

The announcement noted several aliases which Ghandour has used, including; Ahmed Ghandour, Ahmad Ghandour, Ahmad Naji al-Ghandur and Abu-Anas.

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