Gaza Resident Accused of Transferring Construction Materials to Hamas

Palestinian merchant was arrested in August. Shin Bet says he has admitted to ‘cynical exploitation’ of charitable donations.

AFP

At the end of August, the Shin Bet security service arrested Tamer Barim, a 36-year-old merchant from Gaza, at the Erez crossing, for transfering construction materials to Hamas, it was cleared for publication Wednesday. Barim is accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

Barim was arrested by the police and Shin Bet when he arrived at the crossing, on suspicion of having transferred hundreds of tons of building materials that were supposed to be used for the rehabilitation of Gaza following Operation Protective Edge to the military wing of Hamas. The Shin Bet says that Barim has admitted to the charges.

The transfer of building materials was done contrary to and behind the back of the United Nations supervisory agency. This body was supposed to ensure that the materials went to rebuilding the civilian infrastructure in Gaza that was severely damaged during the war in the summer of 2014. On Sunday, an indictment was filed against Barim in the Be’er Sheva District Court on charges of illegally providing aid to a terrorist organization.

The Shin Bet statement said that Hamas was “cynically exploiting” funds that were donated for the rebuilding of Gaza by using them for terrorist purposes. The statement also said that the security services will continue to try to identify attempts to divert building materials meant for the repair of civilian infrastructure to the terrorist organizations in Gaza.