In raids conducted in East Jerusalem overnight Sunday, Israeli security forces confiscated hundreds of thousands of shekels, which they said had been paid by the Hamas terrorist organization to families of men who carried out or facilitated terror attacks.
In addition to NIS 200,000 ($53,000) in cash, security forces seized checks, foreign currency, vehicles and jewelry the families had received, an Israel Police spokeswoman said.
“Israel police will not permit financial support from a terror organization for the families of terrorists who carry out murderous attacks,” she said.
Forces entered the homes of seven terrorists in Jabel Mukaber, Ras al-Amoud, A-Tur and Shuafat refugee camp.
Among the homes raided were those of the families of the terrorists who carried out 2014’s Har Nof synagogue attack in Jerusalem, in which four worshipers were killed; 2002’s Patt junction suicide bus bombing in Jerusalem, which killed 19 people; and the murderer of IDF soldier Nachshon Waxman in 1994; as well as homes of those who planned attacks and took part in riots.
The seized property included two cars and a truck, along with cash and jewelry. Fourteen suspects were arrested and brought in for questioning, police said.
“The long arm of the police will reach anyone who funds terrorism or expresses support or encouragement for terrorist activities,” the spokeswoman said. “Their property will be confiscated and they will be prosecuted.”
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Also overnight, IDF soldiers arrested eight Palestinian suspects, including one from the Jalazoun refugee camp who is suspected of membership in Hamas.
The other seven are suspected of rock throwing or taking part in violent protests, the army said.