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ISA Arrests Gaza Merchant for Diverting Building Materials to Hamas for Terrorist Purposes
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ISA Arrests Gaza Merchant for Diverting Building Materials to Hamas for Terrorist Purposes

04 November 2015

In a joint ISA-Israel Police operation, Tamer Ahmed Muhammad Barim, 36, a resident of Bani Suheila in the Gaza Strip, was arrested on 31 August 2015 at Erez Crossing.
 
Barim subsequently admitted that in the context of his profession as a merchant, he transferred hundreds of tons of building materials, which had been earmarked for the rehabilitation and development of the Gaza Strip, directly to the Hamas terrorist organization.
 
The transfer of the building materials to Hamas was carried out by circumventing the UN monitoring system that was designed to verify that the materials, which were financed by donor countries and other agencies, were transferred for the rehabilitation of the civilian infrastructures in the Gaza Strip.
 
The foregoing is additional evidence of Hamas's cynical exploitation of donated funds and materials that were designed for the rehabilitation and development of civilian infrastructures in the Gaza Strip, for terrorism.
 
The security establishment views the event with utmost gravity and intends to continue its efforts to foil attempts to smuggle building materials for terrorist purposes and to deal with all those involved to the fullest extent of the law.
 
Barim was indicted in the Be'er Sheva District Court, on 1 October 2015, on three counts of perpetrating crimes against the security of the state, including aiding and abetting a terrorist organization and purchasing items for use in terrorism.