IDF raids home of Tulkarm man who laundered Hamas money

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

November 15, 2010 15:47
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Soldiers guard prisoners 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

In an effort to crack down on Hamas funding mechanisms in the West Bank, the IDF raided the home overnight Sunday 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 late Sunday night and confiscated money and assets that were in his possession.

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The IDF confirmed that the operation was rare in that it was 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 his investigation following his arrest, Dadu confessed to receiving $620,000 in cash – smuggled into the West Bank from overseas – and then disseminated throughout the organizations different 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 came 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 which allows the head of the IDF Central Command to confiscate the financial equivalent from a suspect’s personal property.

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