January 28, 2014
Leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziyad al Nakhalah (Abu Tariq) Named Specially Designated Global Terrorist
The State Department today designated Ziyad al Nakhalah (Abu Tariq), the Deputy Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). PIJ has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization since October 1997.
Nakhalah “has repeatedly taken credit for attacks against Israel,” the State Department said. In addition, he has “cultivated strong relations with the Government of Iran, the world’s primary State Sponsor of Terrorism.” Nakhalah was one of a number of officials in Palestinian Islamic Jihad to admit that Iran had provided Palestinian terror groups, including PIJ, with Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 missiles that were used during Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012.