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    • Gabrielle Goldwater
    • 16.06.05 | 12:32 (IDT)

    HAMAS raises funds through a complex network of organizations. While the majority of these outwardly claim to support religious or civic activities, this charity ("zakath") is also awarded to operatives, the families of terrorists killed, and the terrorism apparatus. In effect, there is no distinction between HAMAS' civic and terrorist activities. HAMAS' Islamic activity is conducted on several levels - according to a recently distributed manifesto. The movement calls increased efforts in two of these - "public activity" and "jihad" (i.e: terrorist attacks). Since the implementation of Palestinian autonomy, HAMAS' civic activity has increased with the following goals in mind: a. short-term goal: to maintain its power and to hold its own opposite the institutions of the PA. b. long-term goal: to expand its power-base and to present a possible alternative to the PA government as part of its larger struggle against it and the peace process. From the start, the PA has regarded HAMAS' civic infrastructure as a threat which could erode its own authority and influence. Accordingly, it has created systems of supervision, control and checks on HAMAS' civic institutions. Sources of funding abroad: a. Official sources: the government of Iran contributes approximately 3 million dollars per year for all HAMAS activities. b. There are four central HAMAS charity funds in the West: Great Britain: the Palestine Relief and Development Fund - "Interpal"; U.S.A. - the "Holy Land Foundation"; Germany - the "Al Aqsa Foundation" - with branches in Belgium and Holland; France - "Comite de Bienfaisance et Solidarite avec la Palestine"....... Etc...... Funds belonging to such organization may be confiscated, and anyone receiving these funds or acting in the name of the organization may be arrested

    from the article: Foreign Ministry protests EU contacts with Hamas officials
    First published 00:00 16.06.05 | Last updated 00:00 16.06.05
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