Israel nabs Gazan suspected of transferring millions to Hamas

( The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), in cooperation with the Israel Police, recently arrested a Gaza metal merchant involved in transferring millions of dollars into the Gaza Strip and to Hamas, Israel Hayom reported. In addition, the man reportedly sold metal components to the Hamas military wing, used to build tunnels, military posts and bunkers.

The merchant, Mahr Attiah Abed Abu Gabba, 41, was in possession of legal authorization to enter Israel, thanks to his profession. Abu Gabba was arrested at the Erez border crossing on the Gaza border, with 114,000 shekels in cash. The indictment filed against him later that month at a Beersheba district court included charges of funding terror and providing services to an illegal organization. The indictment was accompanied by a request to seize his assets, under the law prohibiting the funding of terror organizations.

During his interrogation, the suspect confessed to ongoing activity including transfer of funds to Hamas and selling massive amounts of metal to Hamas' military wing. He said that since Hamas faced obstacles in bringing money into the Gaza Strip it took advantage of the nature of his business to transfer millions of dollars into the Hamas-ruled territory.

The ISA said that the money transfers were used to further Hamas’s interests, and that the suspect was fully aware of the money’s uses. 

Posted on November 1, 2012 .