Ruad Al-Aqsa, the Al-Jaffar Fund, and Muslims for Al-Aqsa Association have been raided and closed by Israeli authorities for financing Hamas affiliates. News reports like this demonstrate the importance of Western donors conducting due diligence prior to partnering with pro-Palestinian “charities.” We are presented with a series of shell charities that, on the surface are distant from Hamas, but in reality are staffed by the same employees who work directly for Hamas and their “charitable” institutions.
Hat tip to Rushette. From Israel Hayom on Jan. 13:
Shin Bet closes 3 Muslim charities over alleged terror ties
Police, Shin Bet security agency shut down three Muslim associations deemed unlawful for inciting violence in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount • Organizations suspected of financing terrorist activity, including groups affiliated with Hamas.
The Shin Bet security agency on Monday shut down three Muslim charities that authorities believe incited violence against Jews and Israeli security forces, especially in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount. The move followed a decision by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who outlawed all three groups in late December based on the Shin Bet’s recommendations.
A joint statement by the Shin Bet and police Lahav 433 Major Crimes Unit identified the organizations as Ruad Al-Aqsa, the Al-Jaffar Fund for Art and Literature, and the Nazareth-based Muslims for Al-Aqsa Association.
The organizations, which were formed in October 2014 by the radical northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, are also suspected of financing terrorist activity, including groups affiliated with Hamas, Agence France-Presse said.
“These groups were formed with aim of funding activities meant to undercut the security of visitors to the Temple Mount, and to inflame tensions and prompt [public] disturbances, while undermining Israel’s sovereignty on the compound,” the Shin Bet said.