In an interview with Ahmed Jabari, head of the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, given to Al-Aqsa TV on November 6, 2009 he openly admitted that the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, funds the brigades terror activities.
Q: Where does your money come from?
A: (Jabari): Allah supplies the needs of everyone.
Q: Where do the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades get their financing from? It is said that you have a lot of funds.
A: It is only natural, because we are the sons of the jihad fighters’ movement [i.e., Hamas], and the movement [i.e., Hamas] pays the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades’ expenses.
Q: What is your connection with Iran?
A: We have no connection with anyone, especially not with external factors, neither Arab nor Islamic countries. We of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, know that our funding comes from our movement, which collects dues from all its activists. It is the movement that receives contributions and support, and therefore it bears the expenses of its jihad fighters and sponsors them to the best of its abilities and with all its force.
This statement disproves the main claim by Hamas’ leaders that its organization is a charity with only their peoples’ best interest in mind. The Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, is an integral part of the Hamas organization. This statement reaffirms the basic ideology on which Hamas was founded – jihad is the only solution of the Palestinian issue.
In an interview of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, Founder of Hamas, with Reuters on May 27, 1998, he clearly stated and emphasized:
“We cannot separate the wing from the body. If we do so, the body will not be able to fly.”