A truck loaded with cement enters Gaza. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90) (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Gaza smuggling Hamas


Israeli security forces arrested a Gaza businessman for supplying Hamas with building materials meant for the civilian rehabilitation of Gaza.

In a joint operation, the Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested Tamer Ahmed Muhammad Barim, 36, a resident of Bani Suheila in the Gaza Strip, on August 31 at the Erez Crossing.

Barim subsequently admitted that in the context of his profession as a merchant, he transferred hundreds of tons of building materials, which had been earmarked for the rehabilitation and development of the Gaza Strip, directly to the Hamas terrorist organization.

The transfer of the building materials to Hamas was carried out by circumventing the UN monitoring system that was designed to verify that the materials, which were financed by donor countries and other agencies, were transferred for the rehabilitation of the civilian infrastructures in the Gaza Strip.

The foregoing is additional evidence of Hamas’s cynical exploitation of donated funds and materials that were designed for the rehabilitation and development of civilian infrastructures in the Gaza Strip, for terrorism.

The security establishment views the event with utmost gravity and intends to continue its efforts to foil attempts to smuggle building materials for terrorist purposes and to deal with all those involved to the fullest extent of the law.

Barim was indicted in the Be’er Sheva District Court on October 1 on three counts of perpetrating crimes against the security of the state, including aiding and abetting a terrorist organization and purchasing items for use in terrorism.

By: United with Israel Staff. With files from GPO

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