Thursday, June 15, 2006

Aljazeera - Interesting snippet on financing Hamas

Aljazeera reports that Mahmoud Zahar, the Palestinian foreign minister and senior Hamas member was found to have $20 million in banknotes in his luggage whilst crossing the border into Gaza yesterday on his return from a foreign trip. Quote:
"Hours after civil servants stormed parliament, the Palestinian foreign minister - Mahmoud Zahar - returned from a trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, China, Pakistan, Iran and Egypt with $20 million in his luggage"

Mohammed Dahlan, an influential Fatah member, said: 'We hope this money finds its way to the finance ministry and not the treasury of Hamas.' "

It appears that, under agreed Israeli/PA terms, his status as a Palestinian Authority minister allows him to bring cash into PA territory unhindered and he was allowed to proceed with it.

Provides a whole new perspective on how to finance government - (or will it be terrorist) activity though doesn't it?

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