Impounded Documents Reveal Palestinian Preventative Security Services Involvement in Terrorism
(Communicated by Israeli Security Sources)
Documents impounded from the offices of the Palestinian Preventive Security Services (PPSS) in Gaza during the recent Operation Guardian Fortress, along with information gleaned from the questioning of a PPSS officer, Yusuf Makdoud, reveal that the PPSS has been financing and operating an extensive underground terrorist weapons manufacturing infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.
Arrested PPSS officer Yusuf Makdoud disclosed that he was recruited in September 2001 by PPSS Captain Nabil Hadhoud, in order to take part in the clandestine production of terrorist weapons. Mukdoud’s first assignment in the PPSS was to serve as a courier for money transferred from Hadhoud to "Abu Tarad" (Talal Muhisan), a key figure in the PPSS underground arms production industry. It was learned that this money served as payment to the different workshops involved in clandestine weapons manufacturing.
Further evidence of the PPSS illegal arms operations was reveal in impounded documents, discovered in the PPSS headquarters during recent IDF operations in Gaza. The documents include receipts of complex monetary transfers which detail PPSS involvement in the mass production and procurement of terrorist weapons. Key figures involved in the process were also identified.
One highly visible figure mentioned in the documents is Atef Ragheb Fares Bakhir, the head of the Palestinian "Fisherman’s Commission" in the Gaza Strip, and a Colonel in Arafat’s "Force 17" Presidential bodyguard unit.
The impounded documents and receipts detail the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the PPSS to Bakhir during the years of 1996-1998. Some of the documents definitively indicate that the funding was intended for the purchase of terrorist weapons. The impounded documents also expose the link between Bakhir and "Abu Tarad."
The following is a description of some of the relevant documents: