Financial Links Uncovered Between Hamas and Gaza Flotilla Organizers
The IDF has determined that the organizations behind the 2011 Gaza flotilla, like the terror organization Hamas have a common finance stream. Three Islamic charity funds from the Hamas-affiliated Charity Coalition directly fund Hamas along with the other group behind the flotilla.
The European Campaign to End the Siege (ECESG)
ECESG, one of the flotilla’s leading organizers, is a UK-based umbrella organization of more than thirty Europe-based organizations; it openly supports Hamas. Most of its organizations — founded as Muslim Brotherhood branches in Europe — are participating in the 2011 Gaza flotilla. Israeli military sources found that some of these umbrella organizations are sponsors of Hamas terror activity in the Gaza Strip.
ECESG Chairman Dr. Arafat Madi Mahmoud Shukri also serves as chairman of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC). Due to PRC’s flagrant links to Hamas, it was declared illegal in Israel.
Droit Pour Tous and ABSPP
In addition to ECESG, the Switerzland-based Droit Pour Tous organization and the Italy-based group ABSPP are openly and intimately involved in Hamas charity efforts as well as efforts to illegally break the lawfully enforced naval blockade on Gaza.