Financing Terrorism

Terrorism and the media: Hamas gives priority and invests resources in rehabilitating, reinforcing and expanding its media empire, damaged during Operation Cast Lead.

Issued on 23/07/2009 Type Article
Since its inception Hamas has been well aware of the importance of the battle for hearts and minds in its campaign against Israel.

Terrorism and media: Bitter dispute within Al-Quds TV, Hamas’s satellite TV channel, which began broadcasting from Beirut seven months ago, led to the dismissal of an Algerian journalist.

Issued on 07/07/2009 Type Article
He criticized the channel’s triviality and exposed its Iranian financing, also used for the directors’ life of luxury.

The Palestinian Authority and Fatah improve their media capabilities by launching a satellite TV channel and a Hebrew website

Issued on 06/07/2009 Type Article
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah have recently launched two new media outlets geared towards two distinct target audiences

Internet and terrorism:

Issued on 15/06/2009 Type Article
Internet and terrorism: a local terrorist network in the Gaza Strip affiliated with Al-Qaeda and global jihad was behind the failed attempt to perpetrate a showcase terrorist attack at the Nahal Oz fuel terminal (June 8). The network’s website is serviced by several companies, including one based in the US

The hate industry: Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) continue to inculcate the values of hate and support of terrorism in Palestinian children, viewed by those terrorist organizations as a highly important target audience.

Issued on 14/06/2009 Type Article
Hamas and the PIJ consider children to be a highly important target audience and the organizations’ potential future recruits.

During Operation Cast Lead a promotional film was seized about a military academy established by Hamas named after Dr. Abdallah Azzam, Osama bin Laden’s ideologue.

Issued on 04/06/2009 Type Article
Hamas turned him into a role model, although in practice the movement restricts the activities of the global jihad networks in the Gaza Strip.
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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.