Shin Bet Arrests Two Palestinians for Smuggling Money to Hamas

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The Erez Crossing with the Gaza Strip, in 2014. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Two Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have been arrested for involvement in smuggling money for Hamas into the West Bank, the Shin Bet security service said Tuesday.

One man, a resident of Beit Lahiya in the Gaza Strip who had an entry permit to Israel for business purposes, was arrested last month at the Tarkumia checkpoint near Hebron. The Shin Bet said the man served as a courier who moved funds to finance terrorism by Hamas activists in the West Bank. He had transferred tens of thousands of euros.

One of the things the Shin Bet learned from questioning him is that Hamas' tunnels in Gaza have openings under the homes of civilian residents of Gaza, as well as under mosques.

The other Palestinian was arrested while trying to smuggle 10,000 euros in his shoes through the Erez crossing last month. The destination for the money was Hamas terrorists in the West Bank, and he too used an entry permit issued for business reasons, said the Shin Bet. He worked as a truck driver at a site where a tunnel was dug, and removed the sand in his truck. The Shin Bet said he supplied information on the digging of the tunnel.

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