Members of Hamas' Internal Security Services Who Were Also Operatives in
Hamas' Military-Terrorist Wing and Were Killed in Operation Pillar of
Issued on: 16/12/2012 Type: Article
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
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1. An examination of the names of 25 members of the internal security
services in the Gaza Strip who were killed in Operation Pillar of Defense
shows the great extent of the phenomenon of security service members who
have double identities. The examination showed that 25 security service
members killed in Operation Pillar of Defense (about one quarter of all the
casualties) were identified as terrorist operatives as well. Twenty-three
belonged to Hamas' military-terrorist wing and two to the Popular Resistance
2. The findings, which correspond to the findings of Operation Cast Lead,
again show that many terrorist operatives are also employed by the internal
security services of the de-facto Hamas administration. In our assessment
there are two main reasons: one is that it provides a means of financing the
terrorist operatives in the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the other
military-terrorist wings in the Gaza Strip. The other is that it keeps
the security services loyal to Hamas and ensures their effectiveness.
3. Fathi Hamad, the interior minister of the Hamas administration, recently
gave a speech at a ceremony for 25 members of the internal security services
killed in Operation Pillar of Defense. He called for Israel to be gotten rid
of, calling it a "cancer," and praised the strengthening of the security
apparatus in the Gaza Strip. He admitted that the internal security services
of the Hamas ministry of the interior collaborated with military wings of
the various "combat factions" [i.e., the terrorist organizations] (Al-Aqsa
TV, December 5, 2012).
4. The operatives with double identities were actively involved in
military-terrorist activities against Israel both before and during
Operation Pillar of Defense. Nevertheless, the human rights organizations
customarily relate to them and to the internal security services as civilian
in every respect and which provide services to civilians. The terrorist
organizations regularly put the names of internal security service members
killed by the IDF on their lists of civilian casualties to inflate the
number of non-involved civilians killed. That was the approach adopted by
the Goldstone Report which stated that the government of Israel did not
provide evidence to contradict the claim that policemen in the Hamas police
force were civilians, although the Report was willing to admit that an
occasional member of the police force may have had contacts with
"Palestinian armed groups."
5. This document has three appendices:
1) Appendix I: Members of the security services killed in Operation Pillar
of Defense, all of whom had double identities.
2) Appendix II: Examples of security service members with double identities
killed in Operation Cast Lead.
3) Appendix III: Additional examples of security service members with double
identities killed in IDF strikes.
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 According to a statement from the ministry of the interior of the
de-facto Hamas administration on November 26, 2012, 25 members of the
security services were killed, and the ministry issued a list of the names
of 23 of them. We identified two additional operatives, whose names did not
appear on the ministry of the interior's list, as also having double
 In our assessment, money donated to the de-facto Hamas administration is
transferred by the ministry of the interior to the military-terrorist wings
of the various organizations for the upkeep of their operatives.