June 20, 2024

U.S. designates Tzav 9 for blocking humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza

On June 14, 2024, the U.S. Department of State announced the designation of Tzav 9, a violent extremist Israeli group, for engaging in repeated attempts to block the delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza.  According to Matthew Miller, a Department spokesperson, members of Tzav 9 have blocked, harassed and damaged convoys transporting humanitarian aid in an effort to prevent the delivery of lifesaving supplies to individuals in Gaza.  In May 2024, after looting two trucks that were carrying humanitarian aid in the West Bank, Tzav 9 members allegedly set the trucks on fire to ensure that supplies were not delivered to Gaza.

The designation was imposed pursuant to section 1 (a)(i)(A) of Executive Order 14115, for engaging in actions that threaten the peace, security, or stability of the West Bank or for engaging in acts of violence that target civilians, affecting the West Bank.  As a result of these designations, all property and interests in property of the designated persons within the United States or within the possession or control of a U.S. person are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions involving a designated person.  Entities owned 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.

U.S. Department of State Press Release