Israeli security forces uncovered Hamas money transfer network

Shin Bet forces, in cooperation with the IDF and the Israel Police recently uncovered a network for money transfers between Hamas’s headquarters in Hebron and Turkey. Several suspects were arrested.
Secret network uncovered Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Thursday), it was allowed for publication that security agency Shin Bet, in coordination with the IDF and the Israel Police, exposed a network of money transfers between Hamas’s headquarters in Turkey and Hebron. Indictments will soon be filed against those involved.

The network began operating at the beginning of 2016, under the initiative of a senior-level Hamas operative in Hebron Muhammad Maher Bader, who recruited two emissaries to transfer the large sums of money. The two recruits, citizens from Hebron, were sent to Turkey under the guise of doing business.

Did he know? Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

One of the emissaries was asked to bring money from Turkey, which was meant to finance the activities of Hamas leadership in the city, particularly organization members of the Legislative Council. In addition, the emissary was asked to transfer money to Hamas terrorists who have been released from prison.

Two other Hamas recruits were in contact with Majed Jaba, a Hamas activist released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange and exiled to Gaza, who helped coordinate the transfer of funds from Turkey.

The undercover emissaries met several times with another Hamas activist in Turkey Haroun Nasser al-Din, who was also released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange. Al-Din gave them tens of thousands of dollars. The emissaries purchased merchandise with the money in Turkey, imported it to Hebron and transferred the money made from the sales to Hamas activists in Hebron.

During the investigation, it was discovered that approximately 200 thousand dollars were transferred until the operation was ceased. In addition, Hamas planned the construction of a multi-million-dollar concrete plant with the aim of laundering money.

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