Hamas has become one of the most well-equipped terrorist organizations in the world, with advanced rocket-building, cyber hacking capabilities and military training tactics against Israel.
However, this is not without international assistance. Hamas receives an estimated $100-200 million dollars from foreign allies each year, with the majority of financing coming from Turkey, Qatar, and Iran.
Turkey’s Role in Funding Hamas
Turkey has become a major player in Hamas’ financing, while remaining a NATO ally. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Vice President, Jonathan Schanzer, told SaraACarter.com, “Turkey has become the top external headquarters for Hamas. Senior military and financial officials from the terrorist organization are welcomed in Turkey.” Schanzer continued, “Turkey has, in some cases, turned a blind eye to their military and financial activity. In some cases, it has actively assisted Hamas. This kind of behavior is not befitting a NATO member state. Between this, Turkey’s Iran sanctions-busting, its support for Jihadists in Syria and its authoritarian rule at home, there is a good argument to be made for ejecting Turkey from NATO. The problem is that NATO lacks a procedure for this.”
There is a good argument to be made for ejecting Turkey from NATO…
The United States is dealing firsthand with Turkey’s unbefitting behavior. American Pastor, Andrew Brunson remains a religious hostage of Turkey. According to the American Center for Law and Justice, Brunson has been held for close to 700 days. The ACLJ and the European Centre for Law & Justice submitted a request to the United Nations calling for the immediate release of Brunson who is being unjustly held for alleged “Christianization”.
President Erdogan’s political posturing has shifted Turkey from a more secular state, to what some analysts describe as a more stringent, religious dictatorship.
Reminder to Netanyahu:
Hamas is not a terrorist organization and Palestinians are not terrorists.
It is a resistance movement that defends the Palestinian homeland against an occupying power.
The world stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine against their oppressors.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RT_Erdogan) May 15, 2018
In early January 2018, The Israel Security Agency (ISA) arrested two suspected terrorist operatives, Cemil Tekeli and Daram Jabarin. The suspects were found to have direct links to Hamas’ illicit financial and military schemes in Turkey.
According to the ISA, Tekeli, a law professor in Turkey, was recruited to assist Turkish defense consulting firm, SADAT, which specializes in foreign military training. Tekeli was working with the firm to funnel money to Hamas. According to the report, SADAT “was founded to assist – with funds and war materiel – the creation of the ‘Palestine Army’, the goal of which is to fight Israel. One of its employees even helped senior Hamas officials to visit a 2015 weapons show in Turkey, during which they expressed interest in UAVs.”
According to the ISA investigation, Tekeli used the company to establish legitimacy for Hamas terrorists working in Turkey helping them obtain visas, real estate, and luxury vehicles.
Daram Jabarin, the second suspect, was an Israeli citizen. He worked under the concealment of IMES, a company owned and operated by Hamas in Turkey. IMES was another one of Hamas’ commercial money laundering schemes. Jabarin made many trips to Turkey returning each time with tens of thousands of Euros.
Both suspects were recruited by Hamas terrorists released in an exchange with the Israeli government for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier taken hostage by Hamas in 2006.
Qatar’s Assistance for Gazan Infrastructure
Hamas abuses the foreign aid they receive and directs almost all of its resources into terrorism, neglecting many of the basic needs of its people. Because of this, Qatar has stepped in to help the terrorist organization cover its tracks.
In early 2018, the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, renewed his support for Hamas, pledging $9 million dollars in continued aid to the people of Gaza, footing the bill for medicine, food, and energy.
Iran: A Leading Sponsor of Terrorism
According to the 2017 State Department Assistance Related to International Terrorism Report, Iran remains one of the leading sponsors of terrorism abroad. Recently, Hamas launched hundreds of smuggled, Iranian-made rockets into Israel, according to Israeli security forces.
Hamas’ mission is clear: wipe the State of Israel off the face of the map at all costs. They are so desperate to do so, that they drag their own people into their operations, paying civilians to become public relations pawns for international media attention.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, “Hamas provided free transportation from throughout the Gaza Strip to the border for innocent civilians, including women and children…paying $14 a person or $100 a family for attendance—and $500 if they managed to get injured.”
This was all part of a lie. What the media called “violent protests,” turned out to be staged theatrics. Hamas is only going to continue to advance their evil agenda with the help of Turkey, Qatar, and Iran.