Jordanian banks ordered to freeze Hamas assets
The Central Bank of Jordan has ordered banks nationwide not to do business with six top Hamas leaders and five charities raising money for the Palestinians. Presently, the Islamic resistance movement has no assets invested in the Kingdom, reported Al-Rai.
The appeal urges financial institutions to abide by the decision taken by the central bank earlier this month to "freeze any dealing" with Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and five other members of the group.
Other blacklisted Hamas figures are Imad Khalil Al-Alami, Khalid Meshaal and Mussa Abu Marzuq from Syria, Osama Hamdan from Lebanon and Abdulaziz Al-Rantissi from the Gaza Strip.
The outlawed charities are Association de Secours Palestiniens in Switzerland, Comite de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens from France, INTERPRAL in the UK, the Palestinian Association in Austria and the Sanabil Association for Relief and Development in Lebanon.
Jordan’s efforts to curb terrorist funding follow similar attempts by the United States and the European Union. In 2001, The US Department of State issued a terrorist exclusion list (TEL) that designated 39 groups, charities, and companies as ‘supporters of terrorism’ that would be subject to specific visa restrictions. In 2003, nine more groups were added to the list. — (menareport.com)
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