JERUSALEM — A leader of the Palestinian Hamas organization has met with an al-Qaida fundraiser in Yemen, the Jerusalem Post reported Friday.
The meeting, two weeks ago at a fundraising event by the Hamas office in Yemen, was between Khaled Marshaal and Sheikh Abd al-Majid al-Zindani [link added -RB], said by the United States to be a fundraiser for al-Qaida and a spiritual leader of Osama bin Laden.
The Jerusalem Post report said that at the event Zindani praised Hamas suicide bombers and urged people to donate money to the organization, whose political wing won recent Palestinian elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and now control the Palestinian Authority government.
“The Hamas government is the Palestinian people’s government today,” Zindani said. “It is the jihad-fighting, steadfast, resolute government of Palestine.”
Marshaal is a leader of Hamas in Damascus, the Syrian capital, which is the headquarters of Hamas’ armed wing…
Zindani, who has also been a contact for the al-Qaida-linked Ansar al-Islam terror group, is a Yemini national and the founder of the Al Iman University in Sanaa, where American Taliban John Walker Lind studied before traveling to Afghanistan.