Israel claims Arab dentist funded Hamas

An indictment was filed against 31 year old Malik Khatib, who has been accused of transferring funds to Hamas

Israel claims Arab dentist funded Hamas

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Israeli prosecutors on Tuesday filed an indictment against an Israeli Arab dentist suspected of contacting Hamas and transferring funds to it in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Malik Khatib, 31, was accused of contacting Hamas, which Israel deems a terrorist organization, and transferring money to group members based in Ramallah, according to Israeli radio.

He was also charged with illegally transporting Palestinian laborers into Israel, the broadcaster reported.

Khatib was arrested in April at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tulkarm while allegedly transporting Palestinian workers by car into Israeli territory.

He was interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, and the army's northern Central Command, the broadcaster noted.

Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth said Kahtib had denied all the charges against him.

"I have no connection to Hamas or to any of the allegations – it's all a lie," Khatib was quoted as telling the court.

"I don't know how they came up with these charges," he said.

The Shin Bet, however, said Khatib had told interrogators that he had transferred funds from Gaza to the West Bank on orders from a Hamas operative and had been paid to bring Palestinians into Israel illegally.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Mayıs 2015, 15:39