Illegal transfers of funds from Turkey to Hamas in Gaza are continuing. We wrote recently about the use of Turkish governmental agency TIKA to illegally transfer funds to Hamas, and now Israel's Defense Ministry has announced that Turkish commercial companies are being used for the same purpose.
According to the statement, following a collaborative effort of the Defense Ministry's National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing, the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) and the Customs Authority, Defense Minister Benny Gantz has signed seizure orders on $121,000 worth of merchandise, transferred via commercial companies by Hamas militants in Turkey to Hamas militants in the West Bank.
In recent months, the ISA conducted an investigation that uncovered a terror fund transfer channel between the Hamas command in Turkey via the Turkish company TIKKNO PLUS IC VE DIS and the Sense Sanitary Company in Nablus, which are under the joint ownership of Hamas militants Abdullah Fukha, who lives in Turkey, and Ayman Machri from the Nablus area. Following joint operations by the National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing, the ISA and the Customs Authority, containers at the port of Ashdod containing goods worth hundreds of thousands of shekels were captured, and the transfer channel was neutralized.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, "We will continue to be relentless on terror and track down its infrastructure anywhere it exists – in Israel or beyond. I commend the ongoing work of the NBCTF at the Defense Ministry, along with the Shin Bet and Customs and all of our security agencies, who work together day in and day out to prevent funds and resources from reaching terror organizations."