Defense Minister Benny Gantz has signed orders to seize materials that were intended to be delivered to printing houses used by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
This comes after a joint operation in which the Defense Ministry, the National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing (NBCTF), IDF Central Command, the National Cargo Screening Center and Israel Tax Authority agents seized raw materials that were destined for printing houses used by Hamas, the Defense Ministry said in a press release.
Containers of paper arrived via Ashdod Port, and a large shipment of ink was destined for Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing, it said.
One of the printing houses in the Gaza Strip that was supposed to be the recipient of the materials is Amwaj Printing, which is used by Hamas for the production of flyers, posters and other propaganda materials for Izzadin al-Qassam, its so-called “military” wing, the Defense Ministry said.
Another printing house that was meant to be a recipient of the seized materials is Alarqam Trading for Printing, which prints the official newspaper of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Felesteen, it said.
A photograph of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit holding a copy of Felesteen with the date was shown as proof of his capture.
“The printing houses of Hamas are a propaganda tool that are a cog in a machine of incitement, lies and terrorism,” Gantz said. “Along with [ongoing military] operations, we will continue to act on the economic front, led by the NBCTF, to drain the terrorist swamp.”