east Jerusalem 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment against Maged Juaba
in the Jerusalem District Court on Monday, for allegedly serving as a money man
for the families of imprisoned Hamas terror operatives.
Juaba, 33, of
Jerusalem, was charged with membership in a terrorist organization and
activities relating to funding terrorist purposes.
The allegations in the
indictment go as follows: Juaba, who joined Hamas in 2004, worked for Bassem Abu
Sanina, who Juaba knew to be a Hamas member residing in Gaza that was freed as
part of the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange.
Abu Sanina had been
convicted of the 1998 killing of Haim Karman and was serving a life sentence
until the exchange. He was in charge of doling out funds to the families of
imprisoned Hamas terror operatives, including those who lived in Israel and in
the West Bank.
Juaba was his chief agent and middle man for transferring
the funds. Abu Sanina would give Juaba direct orders about exactly who received
funds, when and how much.
On May 11, Juaba called Haled Agabriah’s wife
and visited her in Um al-Fahm where he gave her NIS 15,000 in acknowledgement of
Agabriah’s services for Hamas.
Agabriah is currently serving a five year
sentence in Gilboa prison for assisting an enemy in a time of war, passing on
information to an enemy, contact with a foreign agent and illegal activities
with terror assets.
Also, at other times throughout 2013, Juaba, under
orders from Abu Sanina, called the wife of Ayman Salhav to let her know that
there were funds waiting for her in the Nur organization.
serving a seven year sentence in Gilboa prison for security offenses.
is an organization that the state has declared an illegal entity and serves as a
financial arm of Hamas, distributing funds to those connected with
In October 2013, Juaba called Salhav’s wife again and told her to
come to a mosque in the Baab al-amud neighborhood of Jerusalem to collect the
When she arrived at the designated mosque, Juaba gave her
The prosecution requested that the court remand Juaba to police
custody until the end of the proceedings.
The prosecution also requested
to seize NIS 31,000 from Juaba.