Israel’s Highest Court to Decide if Hamas Terrorists Can Be Deported from Jerusalem

Hamas Parliament leader

Hamas “MP” Ahmed Atoun

At this very moment, four Hamas parliament leaders –  Khaled Abu Arafa, Muhammad Abu Tir, Mohammed Totah and Ahmed Atoun – are living comfortably in Jerusalem.

In June 2006, the four accepted positions in Hamas’s newly-formed “parliament” in Gaza. Then-Interior Minister Roni Bar-On gave them the opportunity to renounce their positions, but when they refused to do so he revoked their permits, arguing the men could not remain residents of Israel while serving as key members of a group committed to the destruction of the country and genocide of its people. All subsequent interior ministers have maintained that position.

The move was meant to pave the way for the Hamas officials to be expelled from the capital, as well as to have the men stripped of their Israeli ID cards and their benefits, including social security, national health insurance and freedom of movement throughout the country. But the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) launched an appeal against their expulsion, which has dragged on for more than eight years, and has been fought by both the government and Shurat HaDin.

The ruling could set an important precedent for how the State handles future attacks, amid waves of terrorism rocking Jerusalem and Israel at large, and after current Interior Minister Gilad Erdan revoked the permanent residency of at least one terrorist last month. But that case was more difficult to appeal, since that terrorist was directly involved in the murder of Israeli citizens, whereas the four Hamas officials in question are only “political” leaders whose role in terrorism is more indirect – though still a clear danger to national security.

An expanded panel of nine justices will deliver a verdict Tuesday.

If the terrorists’ appeal is accepted, this would practically cancel the government’s ability to revoke Israeli residency permits of Arabs from eastern Jerusalem, who are involved in terror.

Read more here and here.

Read our press release on this case.

10 tips for businesses to avoid financing terror


Good advice for those that can’t afford a compliance department.

Originally posted on Money Jihad:

If you run or work for a medium or small business that can’t afford to have an entire compliance department, or even a compliance officer, here are a few tips that will help your business reduce its risk of inadvertently funding a terrorist organization, running afoul of federal authorities, or both:

  1. Conduct due diligence before taking on new accounts, and do not rely exclusively on Internet searches for due diligence.
  2. For international accounts it is doubly important to carry out thorough due diligence (including overseas business partners, banks, security providers, and charities) before signing agreements with them. You will probably have to contract out for investigation services, but it’s worth the expense.
  3. If your business promotes or authorizes employee payroll deductions to make charitable contributions, review the list of participating charities. Do not offer payroll deductions for donations to charities suspected of financing terrorism or charities known to have worked…

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New moves afoot to choke off terror money

Originally posted on Money Jihad:

  • The U.S. takes aim at ISIS’s black market oil buyers… more>>
  • Britain grants more powers to its charity regulator, including the power to remove dubious trustees from charitable boards (h/t @ConorMLarkin)… more>>
  • Austrian law will ban foreign funding of imams… more>>
  • The U.S. Rewards for Justice program of paying informants is still helping catch and kill terrorists… more>>
  • Bulk cash smugglers beware–there’s a new system to detect the presence of excessive currency at border checkpoints… more>>

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