IDF foils Hamas money laundering ring used to finance terror attacks in Israel
In a joint operation, the Shin Bet and the IDF have uncovered a money-laundering ring for transferring funds from Hamas in Gaza to Judea and Samaria, using a travel agency. The money was used to finance terror attacks to murder Jews, and pay terrorists.
The operation exposed a money transfer network from Gaza to Ramallah that operated in coordination between senior Hamas terrorists in Gaza and Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria.
“The network that we have now exposed operated under the guise of a civilian organization in an attempt to conceal the money’s origin and destination,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.
“Meet the West Bank-based Al-Haramain ‘travel agency’. Instead of booking hotels, Al-Haramain has in fact been operating a Hamas money-laundering ring, transferring illicit terror funds from Gaza”, the IDF tweeted.
The money was transferred by offsetting debts between several independent money changers using minimal amounts of cash, avoiding the need to register with international banking systems.
The large amounts of money transferred through this method were used for planning terror attacks to murder Jews and for funding the salaries of the terrorists.
As part of the operation, IDF troops and Shin Bet officers arrested three Muslim terrorists who ran the Hamas terror cell in Judea and Samaria. Ibrahim Mzfr-A Mazari’ and his brother Khaled from the Arab village of al-Nubani near Ariel, and Mohammad Abu Salim from Rantis.
Following the operation, the IDF and Shin Bet forces have strengthened enforcement measures against civilian companies cooperating with terror groups in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.