In response to the EU’s decision to include Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in its “terrorist” sanctions blacklist for the October 7 attacks on Israel, Taher al-Nono, media adviser to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, has urged an end to the European Union’s “double-standard policy.”
“These are ridiculous and silly sanctions because everyone knows that Yahya Sinwar has no assets or money neither in Palestine nor outside it,” he told Reuters.
“Such a decision has no value against Hamas, but the idea of imposing sanctions on the leaders of the resistance and Hamas, which is resisting the [Israeli] occupation as granted by international law, shows bias to the occupation.”
The EU move means that Sinwar is subject to an asset freeze in the 27-nation bloc and bans EU citizens conducting transactions with him.
Hamas is already listed as a “terrorist” organisation by the EU.