Shin Bet Closes East Jerusalem Institutions Suspected of Being Run by Hamas

According to intelligence collected by Israeli security forces, several civilian institutions in East Jerusalem are operated by Hamas officials.

The Shin Bet revealed Tuesday that it had closed down three institutions in East Jerusalem which they believed were connected to the Hamas movement in Gaza, according to intelligence it had collected.

The operation was carried out during the last days of October in cooperation with the Jerusalem Police, and was authorized by Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino.

East Jerusalem institution - Michal Fattal
Michal Fattal

The first institution to close down was a Jerusalem branch of Al-Quds Development which was run by the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, headed by Sheikh Ra'ad Salah. According to intelligence, the branch was run in cooperation with senior Hamas operatives who are citizens of East Jerusalem.

The second institution was the company Jobs without Borders. According to intelligence collected by the Shin Bet, the company was operated by Hamas and the company directors are Hamas officials, citizens of East Jerusalem.

Last, the security forces closed down the offices of Sa'ad, an educational development company in Kafr Aqab in northern East Jerusalem. According to the Shin Bet, the institution belongs to Hamas, which has been active in the neighborhood for more than a year and a half. The company's managers are prominent Hamas officials, also residents of East Jerusalem.

Israeli security forces have long been battling against alleged civilian institutions, which are actually funded and operated by Hamas. The Shin Bet claims that Hamas is aiming to take over the East Jerusalem street, as it did in Gaza, so for this reason it is working to erect civilian institutions which serve its goals.

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