H υπηρεσία πληροφοριών του Ισραήλ αποκαλύπτει εμπλοκή της Τουρκίας στη χρηματοδότηση της τρομοκρατίας
The scheme was run by senior Hamas activist Muhammad Mahed Bader from Hebron who was arrested in June. Bader, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, recruited two other Hamas activists from Hebron, Mus’ab al-Haslom and Taha Othman, who were sent to Turkey to act as couriers under the guise of business trips.
Haslom and two others, his brother Yusri al-Haslom and Umar Kimari, are said to have been in contact with Majed Jaba, a Hamas activist originally from Hebron but exiled to the Gaza Strip after having been released in the Schalit deal. Jaba is suspected of helping to facilitate the transfer of the funds.
According to the Shin Bet, Haroun gave Mus’ab al-Haslom and Othman tens of thousands of dollars. The two men purchased merchandise in Turkey, imported the goods via international shipping companies to Hebron, and gave the money from the sales to Hamas operatives in the city, minus a commission.
Haslom was asked to transfer terrorism funding from Turkey to Hebron in order to finance the activities of Hamas members in the terrorist group’s branch headquarters in Hebron, in particular lawmakers in the Palestinian Legislative Council. In addition, Haslom was asked to transfer funds for Hamas activists who had been released from Israeli prison.
The investigation revealed that $200,000 had been laundered in that manner.
The Shin Bet said that Hamas “frequently mobilizes relatives of the organization’s operatives in the field, or is assisted by merchants and businessmen who pay a significant personal and business price for this activity.”
The agency also foiled the construction of a multi-million dollar concrete plant financed by Hamas that had been planned with the aim of laundering even more money.