2 Gazans arrested smuggling terror funds in special shoes provided by Hamas
The Shin Bet and Israel Police arrested two Gazans last month on the suspicion they were involved in the smuggling of money from Gaza to Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria, it was cleared for publication on Tuesday.
In his interrogation, Itallah Sarhan, 27, a truck driver working for a company Hamas and Islamic Jihad employ to clear sand from tunnel-digging sites, revealed a lot of information about tunnel openings he saw during his work.
Some of the tunnels, he said, can be accessed through civilian structures, including residential buildings and mosques.
He also disclosed information about rocket-launching spots located near civilian structures, “in a way that endangers the civilian population in Gaza,” the Shin Bet said.
Sarhan was arrested two weeks after obtaining an entry permit to Israel. On the day after he received the permit, he was approached by a Hamas police officer in Gaza who recruited him to smuggle money to Judea and Samaria.
The Hamas police officer introduced him to other Hamas terrorists who paid him for the job and provided him with a pair of shoes in which the money could be hidden. They also promised to aid him if he got caught.
The investigation found Sarhan was aware of the fact he was transporting Hamas money meant to fund the terror organization’s activities in Judea and Samaria.
The second arrested is Faiz Attar, 65, from Beit Lahiya, who also has an entry permit to Israel for the purposes of conducting trade.
He was arrested after he too worked as a courier for terror funds for Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria.
Attar was approached by Hamas terrorists and asked to smuggle money through the different border crossings.
He too did so by hiding the money in his shoes and was able to transfer tens of thousands of euros.
In his interrogation, he provided the Shin Bet with information on the terror activities of his family members, and their involvement in activities against the IDF and in tunnel-digging. Among other things, he revealed his sons used his home to hold Hamas meetings.