WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Thursday named a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) as a global terrorist for his alleged role in attacks on Israel.
The State Department's move against Ziyad al-Nakhalah entails sanctions barring American citizens from doing business with him and freezing all of his assets under U.S. jurisdiction.
As PIJ's deputy secretary general, Ziyad has claimed responsibility for attacks against Israel and built "strong relations" with the Iranian government, the department said, describing the government in Tehran as "the world's primary state sponsor of terrorism."
PIJ, whose openly stated goal is the destruction of Israel, was listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in October 1997.
"Since its inception, PIJ has carried out numerous attacks, including large-scale suicide bombings against Israeli civilian and military targets," the department said in a statement. "PIJ attacks have also killed Americans abroad."