(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office)

On 16 February 2006, the customs authorities at Ashdod port seized 31 containers of goods, worth millions of dollars, which were imported by the Fayez Abu Amar Company in the Gaza Strip. Approximately two months ago, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz declared the company to be an illegal association due to its having systematically and continuously assisted Hamas and Islamic Jihad by laundering and transferring funds from the organizations’ overseas command centers to local operatives under the guise of commercial activity.

The operation followed a joint Israel Tax Authority-ISA operation that came in the wake of information that the company was in gross violation of Defense Minister Mofaz’s aforementioned order and was exploiting the names of two other Gaza companies.

The company also cooperated with illegal Hamas funds abroad and with various associations in Judea, Samaria and Gaza that have been banned by Israel.