In the wake of the October 7 attacks by Hamas, Israeli law enforcement has taken decisive action to disrupt the funding channels of the Palestinian militant group, Financial Times informs. According to sources familiar with the matter, over 100 accounts on Binance have been frozen at the request of the Israeli authorities. Additionally, information has been requested on approximately 200 more crypto accounts, with the majority being held on the Binance platform.
Since the incursion of Hamas into Israel, which led to an escalation of conflict and a blockade of the Gaza Strip, Israeli law enforcement has been collaborating with both the public and cryptocurrency firms. Their collective goal is to staunch the flow of funds to Hamas, an organization designated as a terrorist entity by the U.S., U.K., and numerous other jurisdictions worldwide.
Binance, in response to these developments, confirmed last week that it was actively cooperating with Israeli authorities in their efforts to counter terror financing. While the exchange acknowledged that it had "blocked" a "small number" of accounts on its platform, it refrained from disclosing the exact figure.
An anonymous Binance employee emphasized the intricate task at hand, stating that the company must meticulously identify all Binance customers associated with each address published by Hamas for soliciting donations. This process is pivotal in ensuring that all potential channels of funding are effectively neutralized.
In a parallel effort, Tether, a prominent stablecoin issuer, announced on Monday that it had taken action to freeze funds in 32 cryptocurrency addresses linked to terrorism and conflict in Israel and Ukraine. Tether also confirmed its collaboration with Israel's National Bureau for Counter-Terror Financing (NBCTF) in these endeavors. This multi-pronged approach underscores the determination of both private sector entities and government agencies to proactively combat terror financing through crypto channels.