Hamas-Supporting Qatari Leader Buys Paris Dwelling Owned by Disabled IDF Soldiers Group For $3M
Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al-Thani became an unlikely “donor” to disabled Israeli soldiers when he recently paid far above market value for a Paris apartment owned by an IDF non-profit support group, Walla News said Monday.
In the recent $3 million deal, Al-Thani – who is a major backer of Hamas – beat out lower offers for the five-room property, located near the Champs-Elysees in the City of Light’s prestigious 8th Arrondissement. The price did not include brokerage fees.
The Zahal Disabled Veterans Organization (ZVDO) received the property as an inheritance from its late former owner, the late French Jew, Danielle Susan Davis.
Negotiations over the apartment, which is intended for one of the royal family members who is expected to begin studying at the Sorbonne, were held without any involvement by the Israeli NPO.
However, “This is an achievement of the Foundation, which works around the world to raise funds for disabled IDF veterans, including the implementation of estates,” ZVDO officials said.
“We are pleased that, in this case, we made the best of the deal, both by overcoming all tax expenses and in light of the high financial bid received. The money will be used to promote initiatives and projects for disabled IDF soldiers,” according to ZVDO officials.
Hamas’ political chief, Khaled Mashaal, operates out of the Persian Gulf state, which Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called “the economic backbone of the most extreme terrorist group, one that is destabilizing the world in general and the Middle East in particular.”
Lieberman, in a statement made in July during the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas rocket fire at Israel, called for assassinating Mashaal, according to Channel 2 News.
Lieberman called Qatar “the central actor in the conflict we are now facing with Hamas in Gaza, inasmuch as [Qatar] is funding Hamas and giving asylum to Khaled Mashaal.”
ZVDO is a registered non-profit organization, established in the wake of the 1948 War of Independence.
The group provides long-term rehabilitation services, including scholarships and sports activities, and promotes supportive legislation for thousands of disabled Israeli army veterans, and security personnel wounded in combat and counterterrorist activities.