Kidnapped Israeli Teens Compel Scrutiny of Hamas' International Finances

(New Republic) Matthew Levitt - Israel is targeting not only known Hamas militant operatives, but also the movement's political, social, and financial institutions, seeking to uproot the financial and civilian infrastructure of the movement. According to Israeli authorities, the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR), the European NGO's Empowerment Services (ENES), and the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), an umbrella body of some 30 groups throughout Europe, function as part of an organized Hamas campaign in Europe, employ senior Hamas operatives, and raise significant funds for the organization, which is a banned terrorist entity within the EU. The writer is director of the Program on Counterterrorism & Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

2014-06-25 00:00:00

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