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        10/4/2012, Tishrei 18, 5773

      US Freezes Funds of Lebanese Hamas Fundraisers


      The United States Treasury froze, Thursday, the assets of two Lebanese non-profit organizations, after it was determined that they raise funds for the Hamas terror group. The Treasury said, in a statement, "The Beirut-based Al-Waqfiya [Al-Ri'aya Al-Usra Al-Filistinya Wa Al-Lubnanya] and [the] Al-Quds [International Foundation] exist to support the families of Hamas fighters and prisoners and to raise money for programs and projects in the Palestinian territories intended to spread Hamas's influence and control."

      The statement also said that portions of the money raised by Al-Waqfiya went directly to terrorists and that the Beirut group "used its ties with money-changers and merchants in the Middle East to transfer funds to Hamas in Gaza. When delivering funds to Gaza, Al-Waqfiya obscures the sources of the money so that donations appear as innocuous charitable contributions." It added, "Several senior Hamas officials, including Specially Designated Global Terrorists Musa Abu-Marzuq and Usama Hamdan, served on Al-Quds' Board of Trustees."