The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of an organization designated as a terrorist group in Europe and the United States currently in control of the Gaza Strip, Hamas, have recently called on supporters for Bitcoin donations.
According to the Israel National News, the group has asked for cryptocurrency donations through a special page on its website that asked supporters for BTC to “Support the Resistance,” in a campaign that sees it state there’s a duty to “support jihad because Jerusalem is an integral part of the Islamic faith.”
This is notably not the first time the group asks its supporters for donations in the flagship cryptocurrency. Back in January, CryptoGlobe reported that a Hamas spokesperson, Abu Obeida, asked supporters for BTC via Instagram, in a post that read:
The Zionist enemy fights the Palestinian resistance by trying to cut aid to the resistance by all means, but lovers of resistance around the world fight these Zionist attempts and seek all possible means to aid the resistance.
The group has reportedly been looking to raise funds via cryptocurrency as it has faced financial woes in the last few years, as banks throughout the world have been distancing themselves from the organization. Hamas’ representative blamed Israel for its current situation earlier this year.
Hamas Tried To Raise Funds Through Coinbase
As reported, Israel-based blockchain intelligence startup Whitestream tracked down two bitcoin donations the cash-strapped group received after the January plea. Per Whitestream, Hamas’ address showed the group was using Coinbase, and received “two relatively small bitcoin donations” amounting to “only $2,500.”
These are said to have come from a bitcoin trader in Khan Yunes, a small town located in the Gaza Strip. Hamas, at the time, published two bitcoin addresses to receive funds, and the Israeli-based firm believes it had to do so after Coinbase blocked the first one.
Notably, the group’s military wing is asking for donations shortly after a Gaza rocket hit a home in central Israel, according to the BBC.