Israel: Hamas Funneling Terror Funds through Turkey

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - Kamil Tekeli, a Turkish law professor, and Dergham Jabareen, an Israeli Arab, were arrested by the Israel Security Agency in January over involvement in a Hamas effort to funnel money for terrorism to the West Bank and Gaza via Turkey. Tekeli was deported back to Turkey. Both were recruited by Zahar Jabareen, a Hamas operative who was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal. Jabareen is one of the heads of Hamas' West Bank Command, whose purpose is to plan and fund acts of terror in the West Bank. Tekeli said that Jihad Yaghmour, a Hamas operative who was also released in the Shalit deal, serves as the liaison between the West Bank Command and the Turkish government, which hosts it. A senior defense official told Ha'aretz that the Turkish government has encouraged Hamas' wide-ranging operations in Turkey.

2018-02-13 00:00:00

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