ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 148

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4 East Jerusalem residents arrested for alleged ties to Hamas

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Cash confiscated from an East Jerusalem charity, with alleged ties to Hamas, in February 2022. (Israel Police)
Cash confiscated from an East Jerusalem charity, with alleged ties to Hamas, in February 2022. (Israel Police)

Four residents of East Jerusalem have been arrested for suspected ties to Hamas, Israel Police announces.

Following a joint investigation with the Shin Bet security agency, police say three of the suspects — a family from Sur Baher — were detained upon their entry to Israel last month.

A fourth suspect — a resident of Beit Hanina — is also arrested, with half a million NIS ($155,000) in cash, vehicles, and other assets being seized, as well as bank accounts belonging to a charitable organization being frozen.

The charity, Lajnat Zakat al-Quds, which has offices in the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem’s Old City, is accused of funneling money to Hamas, tax offenses, and money laundering.

Police say some of the suspects also received firearms training outside the country, and one recently met with a Hamas official in Turkey.

An indictment will be filed against them later today.

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