Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar. (AP/ Hatem Moussa) (AP/ Hatem Moussa)
Mahmoud al-Zahar

Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar raised an age-old anti-Semitic canard when he suggested Jews love money more than anything else.

A senior official from the Palestinian terror group Hamas believes President-elect Donald Trump is secretly Jewish due to Trump’s love for money.

“Trump loves the Jews, and not only because he likes the Jewish religion. I do not rule out the possibility that he is a Jew,” Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar told Al-Jazeera earlier this month, according to a new report from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“He loves the Jewish religion,” al-Zahar added, “and the most important thing in the Jewish religion is Jewish money.”

Following Trump’s election victory, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the identity of the US president makes little difference to the Palestinian terror group.

“The Palestinian people is not very much concerned about the changes in American policies towards the Palestinian cause because such a policy is constant and is based on bias in favor of the Israeli occupation,” Zuhri said. “However, we urge the American president to reevaluate this policy and to work on bringing justice to the Palestinians.”