Terrorism

published : 2023-11-08

Hamas Billionaires: Lifestyles of the Rich and Terrorists

Private Jets, Cushy Hotels: How Hamas Bosses Live in Luxury

Hamas billionaire Khaled Mashaal sitting in a private jet, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The leaders of Hamas, a terror group responsible for the suffering of the people of Gaza, are living extravagant lifestyles while their constituents endure poverty and despair.

Israeli officials have revealed that Hamas leaders have amassed billions of dollars in terror money for themselves, shocking observers with the sheer scale of their wealth.

Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President for Research at The Foundation For Defense of Democracies, expressed disbelief at the exorbitant sums some of these terror chiefs have managed to accumulate.

According to reports, Hamas bosses Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh are each estimated to be worth $4 billion, while political bureau leader Mousa Abu Marzouk's fortune amounts to $3 billion.

These leaders luxuriate in the lap of luxury, staying far away from the Gaza Strip and reveling in their opulent lifestyles.

Hamas is believed to earn over $1 billion annually through a global network involving cryptocurrency, real estate, legitimate businesses, and extortion from Gaza residents.

The U.S. Treasury department has imposed sanctions on numerous Hamas honchos, but the complexity of their financial maneuvering has made the group one of the richest terrorist organizations in the world.

Luxurious suite in a five-star hotel where Hamas leaders are rumored to stay, taken with a Nikon D850

Photos have emerged showing Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal casually playing table tennis and working out on a treadmill in what appears to be a hotel gym.

Reports suggest that one of the group's bases of operation is the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar, where Mashaal has held press conferences and reportedly spends a significant amount of time.

However, the Four Seasons Hotel has denied that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is staying at their establishment, challenging circulating information on social media.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has proposed legislation called 'The Hamas Sanctions Act' aimed at blocking Hamas leaders' access to safe havens in countries like Qatar and Turkey.

Cruz advocates for imposing sanctions on businesses in allied countries that provide services to Hamas leaders and also suggests classifying Qatar and Turkey as state sponsors of terrorism.

Schanzer argues that both Qatar and Turkey, known to harbor and finance Hamas, deserve severe penalties for their support of these terrorist leaders.

He reveals that these countries contribute around $150 million annually individually, but Iran remains Hamas' most significant financial backer.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh playing table tennis in a hotel gym, taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III

Schanzer emphasizes the need for the United States to stop providing funds to Iran, as it indirectly supports Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

Although the Biden administration has imposed sanctions on Hamas officials and financial operations, the top brass of Hamas continue to find refuge in Qatar and Turkey.

Despite the crackdown, Qatar has signaled a willingness to reassess its relations with Hamas after the recent war, while the government of Turkish President Recep Erdoğan remains steadfast in its support.

The United States has a history of targeting terrorism and terrorist financing, including entities connected to the Iranian regime, Hezbollah, and other Iran-aligned terrorist groups in the region.

This narrative of Hamas billionaires living lives of luxury while their people suffer paints a stark contrast and calls for a reevaluation of policies toward both the wealthy Hamas leaders and the countries that harbor them.