Known also as: Osama Hamdan
Usama Hamdan is a senior Hamas leader in Lebanon. Osama Hamdan is a senior representative of Hamas in Lebanon and is a member of the organization’s politburo. He is a member of the Arab National Congress and of the Arab Islamic Conference of the Board of Trustees of the Jerusalem Institute in Lebanon.
United Treasury Department Designates Usama Hamdan as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), freezing any assets in the U.S. and prohibiting transactions with U.S. nationals. By claiming responsibility for the despicable act of terror on August 19, 2003 Hamas has reaffirmed that it is a terrorist organization committed to violence against Israelis and to undermining progress toward peace between Israel and the Palestinian people.
KindHearts officials and fundraisers have coordinated with Hamas leaders and made contributions to Hamas-affiliated organizations. Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) Usama Hamdan, a leader of Hamas in Lebanon, reportedly phoned a top fundraiser for KindHearts during a September 2003 KindHearts fundraiser. During the call, Hamas leader Hamdan reportedly communicated to the fundraiser his gratitude for KindHearts’ support. The KindHearts fundraiser reportedly also provided advice to Hamdan, telling him not to trust the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
Usama Hamdan, served on Al-Quds’ Board of Trustees. The Beirut-based Al-Quds exist to support the families of Hamas fighters and prisoners and to raise money for programs and projects in the Palestinian territories intended to spread Hamas’s influence and control.
In an interview which aired on Al-Jadid/New TV on May 4, 2011 (as translated by MEMRI), Hamdan stated that “politically, the two-state solution is over” and that “we are entering the phase of the liberation of Palestine… the notion of Return: the return of the refugees to their homeland, and the return of the Israelis to the countries from which they came.”
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