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Jerusalemite indicted for setting up Hamas kindergarten and soup kitchen

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

Illustrative: A kindergarten in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud, May 19, 2014. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Illustrative: A kindergarten in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud, May 19, 2014. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

A Palestinian man has been indicted for allegedly establishing a kindergarten and a soup kitchen on orders from Hamas, in order to strengthen the terror group’s influence in East Jerusalem, the Justice Ministry says.

According to the indictment, Bilal Sub Laban met with a Hamas operative in Turkey in March, who instructed him to “advance Hamas activity” in East Jerusalem.

He was instructed to establish a kindergarten, a soup kitchen and a non-profit used to embezzle funds for the terror group, recruit members and hand out Palestinian flags, the indictment says.

According to the indictment, Laban, a Jerusalem resident, also met with Turkish tourists on the Temple Mount in June, and collected money from them for Hamas.

Laban was arrested on June 28, and some $13,000 was seized. He is charged with membership in a terror organization, using funds for terror and obstruction of justice.

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