Shin Bet Says Iran Is Help­ing Ha­mas Fi­nance Gaza Protests

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: TPS Staff

Iran is pro­vid­ing fi­nanc­ing for Ha­mas to or­ga­nize vi­o­lent protests along Is­rael's bor­der with Gaza, the Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency (Shin Bet) said Mon­day on the ba­sis of in­tel­li­gence ob­tained from Ha­mas op­er­a­tives who tried to in­fil­trate into Is­rael.

“Ac­cord­ing to our in­tel­li­gence, Ha­mas is send­ing pro­test­ers to the fence in or­der to carry out vi­o­lent ac­tions and sab­o­tage se­cu­rity in­fra­struc­ture. Fur­ther­more, Ha­mas is be­ing fi­nanced by Iran to en­cour­age vi­o­lent ac­tiv­i­ties along the bor­der re­gion,” the Shin Bet said in a state­ment re­leased a day be­fore the ‘March of Re­turn' protests are due to peak in mass demon­stra­tions along the bor­der on Nakba Day, when Pales­tini­ans mark the “catas­tro­phe” of the birth of the state of Is­rael.

So far, at least 45 Pales­tini­ans have been killed in the protests, which be­gan some six weeks ago, and hun­dreds more wounded. Ac­cord­ing to Is­raeli sources many of those killed were af­fil­i­ated with Ha­mas and other ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The Shin Bet said it had cap­tured an in­ter­ro­gated a num­ber of Ha­mas op­er­a­tives.

Among them was 19-year-old Ye­hiye Ejla, a res­i­dent of Gaza City, who was sent to cut and in­fil­trate the bor­der fence to steal a se­cu­rity cam­era. Ejla told in­ter­roga­tors that Ha­mas briefed op­er­a­tives to cut the fence and steal cam­eras in or­der to in­ter­fere with IDF prepa­ra­tions for Nakba Day. He also said that Ha­mas pre­sented the protests as a ‘pop­u­lar up­ris­ing' to me­dia and not as vi­o­lent op­er­a­tions con­ducted by its op­er­a­tives.

The in­ter­ro­ga­tion also re­vealed that Ha­mas op­er­a­tives min­gle with Gazan civil­ians dur­ing the weekly protests and carry with them fire bombs, knives and large cut­ters with which to sab­o­tage the fence.

The Ha­mas op­er­a­tives are also charged with pro­vid­ing tires to civil­ians and help­ing set them on fire in or­der to cre­ate a smoke­screen, with pro­vok­ing Gazan res­i­dents to at­tempt to in­fil­trate the bor­der, and to help them launch flammable kites to­ward Is­rael, a tech­nique that has caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to crops be­long­ing to Is­raeli farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The Shin Bet said the in­ter­ro­ga­tion also re­vealed that Ha­mas op­er­a­tives are briefed to avoid get­ting too close to the fence for fear of be­ing killed or cap­tured by IDF forces, but that if the fence is breached they should in­fil­trate into Is­rael and carry out ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

An­other Ha­mas op­er­a­tive cap­tured by Is­rael was 21-yearold Salim Abu Da­har, who told

in­ter­roga­tors that breached the fence in civil­ian clothes in or­der to set forests and crops on fire. His in­ter­ro­ga­tion re­vealed that Ha­mas was fi­nanc­ing vi­o­lent ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the launch­ing of flammable kites into Is­rael.

An­other, un­named, de­tainee cap­tured at­tempt­ing to in­fil­trate the fence told in­ter­roga­tors that Ha­mas was also en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren and teens to take part in the vi­o­lent protests.

Iran is pro­vid­ing fi­nanc­ing for Ha­mas to or­ga­nize vi­o­lent protests along Is­rael’s bor­der with Gaza, the Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency (Shin Bet) said Mon­day on the ba­sis of in­tel­li­gence ob­tained from Ha­mas op­er­a­tives who tried to in­fil­trate into Is­rael.

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