Israel’s Shin Bet says Palestinian man skimmed cement & building materials for Hamas, that was provided by donor nations & other int’l bodies solely for rehabilitating Gaza’s civilian infrastructure.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
A Palestinian resident of the Gaza Strip has been arrested for diverting building materials intended for the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip to Hamas’s military wing to be used in terrorist activities, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said Wednesday.
The Shin Bet and Southern District police arrested Tamer Ahmed Muhammed Barim, from Bnei Suhila in Gaza, at the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Strip on August 31.
Barim, 36, admitted during his interrogation to taking advantage of his position as a merchant to divert tons of building materials to Hamas for its terror infrastructure, according to the Shin Bet.
Barim circumvented UN inspectors responsible for ensuring that such materials, provided by donor nations and other bodies, are used solely for rehabilitating civilian infrastructure damaged during summer 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.
The Shin Bet stated that the case shines light on Hamas’s “cynical exploitation” of aid for the purposes of terror.
“The defense establishment views gravely this incident and intends to continue to locate and thwart attempts to smuggle building materials for the uses of terror and bring those involved to justice,” the Shin Bet added.
Barim was indicted at Beersheba District Court on October 1 on three charges of crimes against state security, including aiding and abetting a terrorist organization and illegal terrorist property charges.
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