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Israel targets finances of international anti-occupation activists 

December 4, 2019 at 11:21 am

Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett, 16 January 2018 [World Trade Organization/Flickr]

Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday signed an executive military order targeting the economic activities of those Tel Aviv considers “terrorists” abroad, local media reported.

In the first such measure of its kind, Bennett plans to carry out “targeted economic eradication”.

According to Jewish Press, Bennett’s spokesman said: “The Defence Minister’s order restricts the ability of a terror activist to use his assets and promote his financial interests as well as the interests of his terrorist organisation in Israel and abroad, constituting an effective deterrent against terrorism.”

Jewish Press also reported that “this is part of the war against funding terrorism,” adding: “This is the first in a series of orders targeting additional activists which will be signed by the defence minister soon.”

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Claimed “terrorists” will be added to an Israeli list which will be accessible to everyone, so that hundreds of “terrorist operatives from Hezbollah, Hamas and other groups will be marked as such around the world.”

Forty-seven-year-old Palestinian lawyer Mohammed Jamil Hersh is the first to be affected by this order. He was deported from Palestine in 1992 and sent to Lebanon due to his activist during the First Intifada. He now heads the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK.