Shin Bet says Hamas is funding Mount riots

A senior Hamas operative said that the group is paying young Arabs to harass Jews at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel’s domestic security service announced.

Hamas operative Mahmoud Toameh, 63, made the claim in interrogations by the Shin Bet security services after his arrest on May 14, Shin Bet wrote on its website.

Shin Bet quotes Toameh as saying that Hamas cooperates with Israel’s Islamic Movement to prevent Jews from entering the Temple Mount compound, and that Hamas pays a group of young men a monthly salary of $1,150 to $1,440 to harass and throw stones at Jewish visitors. — jta