IDF raids W. Bank home of convicted Hamas moneyman

Operative Ali Dadu admitted to receiving $620,000 from Hamas and transferring to W. Bank; security forces confiscate various property.

November 16, 2010 02:05
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IDF soldiers and Palestinians (file).

Soldiers guard prisoners 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

In an effort to crack down on Hamas funding mechanisms in the West Bank, the IDF late Sunday night raided the home of a senior Hamas moneyman who was convicted this summer for transferring funds to the terrorist organization.

In a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation, soldiers raided the home of Ali Dadu in Tulkarm and confiscated money and assets that belonged to him.

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The IDF confirmed that the operation was rare in that it had been aimed at “sending a message that Hamas operatives who transfer money to the terror group will be at the risk of having their own assets harmed.”

Dadu was arrested by Israel in June on suspicion of transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hamas from abroad. During the investigation following his arrest, Dadu confessed to having received $620,000 in cash – smuggled into the West Bank from overseas – and then disseminating it throughout the organization’s apparatuses in the West Bank. He was convicted in August and sentenced to nine months in prison.

Dadu’s son, Diaa, was also taken into custody and confirmed during his interrogation that the money had come from Hamas headquarters in Damascus. He estimated that his father had received approximately $900,000 from Hamas headquarters overseas.

The IDF explained that the confiscation was carried out in line with previous rulings by the High Court of Justice that allow the head of the IDF Central Command to confiscate the financial equivalent from a suspect’s personal property.

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