Israel’s Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism Minister, Amichai Chikli, provided a detailed account to international ministers of close to ten countries, such as Canada’s Minister of National Defense, Bill Blair and Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Piantedosi, calling for action against civil groups with ties to Hamas.
In addition to the letter, sent mainly to interior ministers around the world, a specific report outlined unsettling behaviors by pro-Hamas figures in their respective countries.
The letters were obtained by The Jerusalem Post. The Ministry acknowledged their existence and content.
One of the individuals highlighted in the report to the Italian minister was Mahmud Hanun, who, among other roles, is the head of the “Charity Association for Solidarity with the Palestinian People” (ABSPP) in Italy, which was a member of the “Union of Good” coalition. The “Union of Good” was designated in Israel and the United States in 2008 as a terror organization due to allegations of channeling funds to Hamas. In 2021, the ABSPP accounts were closed due to suspicious transactions.
The Ministry’s report shed light on Hanun’s activities. “Hanun posted in March 2019 that Abu Laila was murdered by the ‘Zionist-Nazi army,'” the report detailed, referring to Omar Abu Laila who was killed after carrying out a fatal attack on Israelis. It further described how Hanun “eulogized” teenage attackers in Jerusalem through a song, glorifying their violent acts.
Chikli, quoting from the report, also noted a memorialization trend amongst supporters of Hamas. “In September 2020, the assailant Ahmed Jarar, the head of the cell that killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach, was memorialized through a song,” Chikli conveyed, pointing out the connection between Jarar and his father, Nasser, a senior member of Hamas’ military wing.
In his letter to Blair, Chikli wrote, “Unfortunately, Hamas were not alone in perpetrating this despicable terrorist act. Iran funded it, as well as the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who took an active part. It’s worth noting that in Canada, there has been an organization operating for approximately two yearsknown as SAMIDOUN, which is declared to be a ‘civilian arm’ of the PFLP. According to the report, representatives of the designated organization are active in many countries in Europe and North America, led by Khaled Barakat, who is part of the leadership of PFLP abroad.”
“Barkat is involved with establishing militant cells and motivating terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria, as well as abroad,” Chikli said. “We expect that they will be designated as a terrorist organization in Canada as well,” he urged, invoking a decisive stand against the propagation of terrorism through civil entities.