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Millions of shekels transferred from Saudi to Hamas

Charity associations in Jerusalem receive millions of shekels to fund Hamas hostilities

According to two indectments served Monday, millions of shekels have been transferred from a Saudi organization to Hamas operatives in Jerusalem. The money was received as charity although, in reality, it was earmarked for terrorist activities.


Following a request from the Jerusalem prosecutor's office, details of the affair were released for publication Monday after the Shin Bet and Police investigation was concluded.


Two indictments were served on members of the organizations involved for breaking the law that prohibits funding terrorism.


The millions of shekels were received from the Charity Coalition – an umbrella organization that encompasses Hamas charitable societies in Saudi Arabia.


The money was transferred to non-profit organizations in the A-Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem to conceal its final destination – the Hamas movement in the city.


Indictments were served

The first indictment accuses four officials in the A-Ram Charity Committee of receiving the monies from the Charity Coalition despite the fact that the organization had been outlawed. They will stand trial for channeling money to the Hamas. Three of the defendants are East-Jerusalem residents while the fourth is a Jenin resident.


According to the second indictment, three other East Jerusalem residents are accused of being members of Hamas and involved in terrorist activities, as part of the Izz-al-Din al-Qassam Brigades infrastructure, and in civilian activities through the charities.


The indictment also said that schools and religious institutes under the influence of these organizations teach incitement against Israel and encourage terrorism against the State and citizens of Israel.


The organizations also support families of known terrorists and those in prison or detention. According to the indictment, NIS 1 million was transferred in the past year.


פרסום ראשון: 06.18.07, 20:22
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