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Israel group sues Qatar banks, charities for more than $360m

Israeli Shurat HaDin organisation has filed a lawsuit against Qatari banks and charities demanding 1.2 billion shekels ($360 million) over the alleged funneling of money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Quds Press reported yesterday.

Reporting Israel’s Ynet News, the news site said Shurat HaDin claimed that Qatar Charity funnels money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, showing alleged documents that it says prove that bank transfers were made from the Gulf state to a Hamas charity in Gaza and Hamas operatives.

The lawsuit was filed against ten Qatari charities and banks as well as the Palestinian Authority, noting that Qatar Charity was designated in 2008 by Israel as an illegal society.

Shurat HaDin also claimed that branches of Qatar Charity in Ramallah conduct transfers directly to Hamas operatives in Gaza.

The targeted banks and charities may be forced to suspend their work or have their funds confiscated and accounts closed as a result of the lawsuit.

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