In March 2018, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) arrested a number of individuals in Ramallah for receiving funds from Hamas. The individuals (mostly students at Birzit University) received approximately €150,000. The funds were funnelled to the head of a Hamas-affiliated student group by Hamas member Yassin Rabia. The money is reported to have come from Palestinian prisoners who had been deported to the Gaza Strip and Turkey. 

Reports suggest that the funds were intended to support Hamas activities at the University. This can range from supporting student political activities to providing funding for suicide bomb attacks or shooting attacks. 

While the reports do not specify how the funds were moved, this most likely occurred through cash couriers, although funds movement through small bank transfers or money service business transfers are also possibilities. 

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Hamas, illicit financing, Terrorist Financing


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