Hamas Finding It Harder to Finance Activities

(Globes) Lior Greenbaum- Despite Tuesday's terrorist bus bombing in Beersheba, Israeli security sources believe that Palestinian terrorist organizations are finding it more difficult than in the past to raise money. Financial pressure is being exerted in several spheres: the U.S., Israel, Europe, and even in the PA itself. The U.S. exerts constant pressure on Saudi Arabia to trace the exact address of donations, but extensive funds are channeled to military purposes, although on a smaller scale than in the past. The financial requirements of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, affiliated with Fatah, are much smaller, since it does not have to fund an extensive social network. The Brigades receives money directly from both the PA and Hizballah, which has assumed a dominant role in financing terrorist activities in the territories.

2004-09-02 00:00:00

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