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Israel uncovers wide-ranging connection between Hamas and Turkey

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Israeli citizens from Wadi-Ara alongside Turkish nationals were involved in abetting Hamas, investigation says

The Israeli secret services uncovered a network of Hamas abettors which involved Israeli as well as Turkish citizens, and which seems to indicate officers from the Turkish government were complicit in supporting the movement.

One of the man arrested is Cemil Tekeli, who reportedly helped a number of Hamas officers settle down in Turkey after they were released in the Gilad Shalit deal.

“Tekeli assisted them in obtaining visas that allowed them to stay in Turkey, in purchasing and renting commercial and residential properties, in purchasing luxury vehicles and in becoming established in business via the registration of companies in their names,” says an Israel Security Agency statement.

The man, a lecturer in law, is reportedly involved in the creation of the SADAT firm, a Turkish company that was used to support the creation of the 'Palestine Army', an anti-Israeli organization.

Employees of “SADAT” reportedly helped senior Hamas officials to visit a 2015 weapons show in Turkey, during which they expressed interest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

“During the investigation It became clear that Hamas is in direct contact with Turkish authorities via Jihad Ya'amur, a terrorist who was involved in the abduction of IDF soldier Nahshon Waxman and was released in the Shalit deal”, said the Shabak statement.

Following the investigations, Cemil Tekeli has been expelled from Turkey.

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The investigation however involved a number of Israeli citizens from the Umm al-Fahm region in Northern Israel, most importantly Hamas recruited Dara'am Jabarin who acted as a middle-man between Hamas in the West Bank and its Turkish backers.

The man reportedly transferred hundreds of thousands of euros to Hamas cells in the West Bank, and was caught red-handed as he was hiding 91.000 euros in his house during the investigations.

“During the investigation it was learned that the two had been recruited in Turkey by senior Hamas terrorist Zaher Jabarin, who was released in the Shalit deal,” says the Hamas statement referring to Cemil Tekeli and Dara'am Jabarin.

“He is responsible for Hamas' budget and promotes ramified terrorist operations in Judea and Samaria on instruction from Salah Aruri, who serves as the deputy chairman of the organization and head of its operations in the West Bank,” it explained further.

Zaher Jabarin was reportedly involved in “wide-ranging Hamas activity in money laundering in Turkey”, on instruction from Zaher Jabarin.

In the final paragraphs of its statement, the Israeli Shabbak highlights how the findings show strong connections between Turkey and Hamas, a militant group which both the United States and the European Union consider a terrorist organization.

“The findings of the investigation underscore the fact that Hamas' ramified economic and military activity in Turkey takes place unhindered as Turkish officials turn a blind eye and – on occasion – encourage it, and with the assistance of Turkish nationals, some of whom are close to the government,” reads the statement.

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shut down the Turkish embassy and sell the property to jews. kick every last one of these islamo-fascist dogs out of Israel. end all ties with the filthy turks.

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