Israel Accuses Turkey of Helping to Fund Hamas

A Palestinian supporter of the Islamic Jihad movement attends a protest calling for the release of Palestinians held Israeli prisons on March 31, 2008 at the International Red Cross offices in Gaza City. An Israeli minister today called for direct talks with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas aimed at securing …

The Times of Israel reports: The Shin Bet security service on Monday accused Turkey of aiding the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization raise and launder funds for its military activities against Israel, following the investigation of a Turkish national and an Arab Israeli citizen who were arrested in January.

“During the investigation, it became clear that Hamas is in direct contact with Turkish authorities,” the Shin Bet said in a statement. Cemil Tekeli, the Turkish national, was recruited by Zaher Jabarin, a senior figure in Hamas responsible for its finances, who lives in Turkey, the security service said.

According to the security service, Tekeli is suspected of helping Hamas members set up businesses in Turkey, obtain visas to stay in the country, and acquire commercial properties, houses and cars. The Arab Israeli suspect, Durgham Jabarin, a resident of the northern town of Umm al-Fahm, is suspected of transporting large sums of money — hundreds of thousands of euros — from Turkey to the West Bank on Hamas’s behalf, the Shin Bet said.

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