Israel Arrests Turkish National For Aiding Hamas; Accuses Ankara of Turning Blind Eye

By Yona Schnitzer/TPS

Security forces have arrested a Turkish national and an Israeli Arab on suspicion of and aiding Hamas and fundraising for the organization via a shell company in Turkey, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) released for publication Monday.

On January 15th, security forces arrested Kamil Takli – a Turkish national and law professor who was suspected of aiding Hamas operatives in Turkey. A few days later, Daram Jabarin, an Israeli citizen from the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, was also brought in for questioning.

The investigation revealed that the two were working for Hamas, following their recruitment in Turkey by Zaher Jabarin – a high ranking Hamas official who is in charge of the Islamic terrorist group’s budget. Jabarin was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011. Jabarin works under Salah Aruri, who serves as the deputy chairman of the organization and heads it operations in Yehudah and Shomron. He is believed to operate from Turkey, although there has been speculation that he left the country following Israel’s reconciliation deal with Turkey and shuttles between Lebanon and Qatar.

The Shin Bet said Takli’s role was to aid Hamas’ prisoners who were released in the Shalit deal to help them settle in Turkey via various companies registered in his name. Most of the terrorists in question were involved in attacks that claimed Israeli lives, the Shin Bet said.

The investigation uncovered that Turkey is supporting Hamas through back channels, one of which is a company called SADAT that was established under the guidance of Adnan Basha – a consultant considered to be close to Turkish government officials. SADAT’s objective is to raise funds for Hamas’ military capabilities, the Shin Bet said.

The Shin Bet added that one of the company’s employees aided top Hamas officials in gaining access to weapons in Turkey in 2015, where they showed interest in the military capabilities of UAVs.

The security agency also said that Hamas is in direct contact with Turkish authorities via Jihad Ya’amur, a terrorist who was involved in the abduction of IDF soldier Nachshon Waxman and was released in the Shalit deal.

Another shell corporation involved in raising funds for Hamas is IMES – a Turkish firm that the Shin Bet said has laundered millions of dollars for the terrorist organization.

The Shin Bet said the findings of the investigation underscore the fact that Hamas’  economic and military activity in Turkey takes place unhindered as Turkish officials turn a blind eye and – on occasion – encourage it

While Takli’s role was to aid Hamas operatives in Turkey, Daram Jabarin, who was also recruited by Zaher Jabarin, a relative, under the cover of IMES’ operations, was in charge of transferring funds from Turkey to Hamas operatives in Yehudah and Shomron. Jabarin would receive hundreds of thousands of euros from his operators in Turkey, and stash them in a secret location in the West Bank, where the funds were collected by local Hamas operatives. During a search of Jabarin’s home in Umm al-Fahm, 91,000 Euros that were destined for Hamas in the West Bank were seized.

Daram Jabarin was acting on behalf of Zaher Jabarin and his chief aide Salameh Mar’i, who settled in Turkey with the help of Kamil Takli. Mar’i  was also released in the Shalit deal and had been involved in a March 1993 terrorist attack near Burkin in which an IDF soldier was murdered.

Takli was deported back to Turkey, while Jabarin is awaiting his trial, which is set to commence within the next few days.

 

 
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