Financing Terrorism

Terrorism and Internet:

Issued on 22/03/2009 Type Article
Al-Qaeda and the global jihad continue to recruit Palestinian operatives on the Internet. An Israeli military court sentenced Amjad Qadri from Nablus to 14 months in prison. He was charged with being a moderator on Al-Hisbah, a closed online forum of the global jihad

The Internet and terrorism: Hamas has recently launched PaluTube, its new file sharing website.

Issued on 27/01/2009 Type Article
AqsaTube, the previous file sharing website, has changed its name and appearance and is now known as TubeZik. Those changes resulted from the refusal of French and Russian Internet service providers to continue hosting AqsaTube.

The battle for hearts and minds:

Issued on 21/01/2009 Type Article
Within Hamas’s effort to perpetuate a victory myth in Operation Cast Lead, its spokesmen release false descriptions about events of the fighting and their false successes. The difficulty for Hamas lies in the discrepancy between the (false) rhetoric and the situation on the ground.

Terrorism and the media: Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV no longer broadcasts via the European Eurobird satellite.

Issued on 11/01/2009 Type Article
On January 5, 2009, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center revealed that Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV had begun broadcasting via a European communications satellite called Eurobird, which belongs to Eutelsat, a company whose head offices are in Paris.

Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV broadcasts via a European satellite operated by a corporation whose head offices are in Paris

Issued on 07/01/2009 Type Article
Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV and the Hamas’s PALDF Forum announced on January 5 that they would begin broadcasting via a European communications satellite called Eurobird

Exporting the Iranian revolution to Lebanon:

Issued on 01/12/2008 Type Article
Iran and Hezbollah operate an extensive network of cultural and religious institutions as well as publishing houses. This network is used to inculcate Lebanese society, primarily the Shi’ite community, with Iranian radical Islamic ideology.
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Information on Financing Terrorism
To carry out their activities the terrorist organizations have to have a steady source of financing. In many instances they are financed illegally, but there are also many terrorist organizations are financed by legal sources, among them contributions, charitable societies, etc. Sometimes donors are unaware that their money is being used to finance terrorism. The terrorism-sponsoring states also provide funds.
Hamas operates an extensive social infrastructure based on donations. Over the years many funds and foundations in many countries have been founded to finance the movement. A considerable amount of the money does reach its social infrastructure, but a considerable amount also goes, directly and indirectly, to finance terrorism.
An ITIC bulletin based on documents and information collected during Operation Defensive Shield showed that Yasser Arafat was personally involved in planning and financing Palestinian terrorism carried out by the Palestinian Authority. According to the report, funds from the European Union and donor countries were used to finance terrorism, and the Arab states also provided funds to finance terrorism. Today Mahmoud Abbas' administration publicly rejects terrorism and claims that the Al-Aqsa intifada caused the Palestinians serious difficulties.
One of the ways to fight terrorism is by cutting off its finances. However, as sources are cut off, more sophisticated and varied ways are found to replace them.