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Israeli police raid homes of Jerusalemites accused of receiving funds from Hamas

Aug. 15, 2017 2:43 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 15, 2017 10:45 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police and Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, forces raided several neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem overnight between Monday and Tuesday, storming and ransacking Palestinian homes that police accused of being financially supported by the Hamas movement.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the raids were carried out after “intensive investigations” by Israeli police and intelligence officials that indicated that Jerusalemite families of "terrorists" were receiving money and funding from the Hamas movement “to reward them for the bloody and massive terrorist attacks their children have carried out.”

According to the statement, the campaign included seven homes in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of the Old City, Beit Hanina, Issawiya, and Wadi al-Joz.

The following families’ homes were raided, according to al-Samri:

The family home of Ahmad Abu Shaaban, who was killed after carrying out a stabbing attack against a woman near the central bus station in Jerusalem on Oct. 14, 2015.

The family home of Tariq Abu Arafeh, who was a member of the cell that abducted and killed Israeli soldier Nechshon Vaxman in 1994.

The family home of Musab Ghazali, who was killed after carrying out a stabbing attack against Israeli police officers near the Old City’s New Gate on Dec. 26, 2015.

The family home of Muhammad Nimr, who was killed after carrying out a stabbing attack on two security guards near the Old City’s Damascus Gate on Nov. 10, 2015.

The family home of Ayman Shami, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in 1994.

The family home of Hassan Mahani, who carried out a stabbing attack in the illegal Pisgat Zeev settlement in Jerusalem on July 12, 2016, injuring a minor.

The family home of Omar Skafi, who carried out a vehicular and stabbing attack injuring three people in Jerusalem's Yirimyahu Street on Dec. 6, 2016.

The houses were ransacked and inspected, while Israeli forces seized approximately 100,000 shekels ($27,092) worth of money in Israeli and foreign currencies, in addition to jewelry and a private car. All properties and money were confiscated, according to al-Samri.

The targeting of family members of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israelis -- particularly those believed to be affiliated with Hamas -- has been a long-employed tactic of Israeli forces, with right groups denouncing the practice as “collective punishment.”

Palestinians affiliated with Hamas, which Israel and the United States have classified as a terrorist organization, are routinely subjected to raids and detentions in what rights groups say is part of an ongoing Israeli effort to suppress Palestinian political processes -- and, as a result, Palestinian political sovereignty and self-determination.
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