Israel Outlaws Turkish-Based Group for Aiding Hamas

YERUSHALAYIM -

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman signed an order on Wednesday outlawing the Turkish aid group Kanadil, which has been funneling money to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The International Kanadil Institute for Humanitarian Aid and Development Kanadil foundation is identified with Hamas and with the Muslim Brotherhood and in recent years had been used as a main pipeline for funding projects by Hamas in Yerushalayim,” Liberman’s spokesperson said in a statement.

There was no immediate reaction from Kanadil or the Turkish government to the move.

The ministry had blacklisted the Istanbul-based group back in October, according to the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority, but the order was only announced Wednesday.

The Defense Ministry did not specify which projects the group was helping Hamas fund.

On its website, Kanadil lists a number of projects in Yerushalayim that it is involved with, including social programs, job training, education, loans to small business and farmers and procurement of raw materials for small manufacturers.