Hamas Military Wing Al-Qassam Brigades Releases Video Of How To Send Secure Donations Via Bitcoin

March 26, 2019

On March 24, 2019, the Hamas military wing 'Iz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades released a short video clip describing secure methods for sending donations to the organization using Bitcoin.[1] The clip was released as part of a social media campaign which includes posters, clips and calls from religious figures, and urges supporters to donate to the organization with crypto currency.

The Arabic video, subtitled in English, offers the following guidelines: The donor should first visit the donation link: fund.alqassam.net, where a QR code and wallet address (to which the donation will be sent) will appear. The donor is then instructed to copy the wallet address or scan the QR code with his cellular phone. Each user receives a unique address which is not to be shared with anyone.

The donation can then be sent in one of the following methods: Method #1: The donor should ask any money exchange office to deposit the amount in the wallet address received from the Qassam website. The donor must be sure not to mention to whom the address belongs. Method #2: If the donor has a secure wallet, they are to transfer the money directly to the Qassam wallet. A secure Bitcoin wallet is created by using one of the trusted sites, as well as using a public device so that the wallet is not linked to one's IP address. Method #3: One should create a new account on one of the trading platforms[2] and deposit the donation amount into one's platform account using one's credit card. Then, one is to transfer the amount from the platform account to one's secure wallet, from where it is transferred to the Qassam wallet. If one wishes to donate again, one may either transfer the money to the same wallet address previously used or receive a new address from the Qassam website, at least after 24 hours from when the first address was obtained. If the Qassam website is blocked in one's country, one should simply change one's IP address.

The clip concludes with a message in Arabic to donors: "Dear donors, reserve a portion in the imminent victory and do not let your donation, no matter how small it may be, be considered disgraceful." The English subtitles read differently: "Our generous donor, your generous donation no matter how little it is, reflects that you stand by the Palestinian people."

Below are two posters published by the Hamas military wing 'Iz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, requesting financial support under the slogan "Support the Resistance." Both depict the Bitcoin insignia beside a defiantly raised, the hashtag "Support the Resistance," a QR code and the address of the Hamas website for using Bitcoin: alqassam.net or fund.alqassam.net.

As part of a general campaign to support the "Resistance," Al-Qassam Brigades also released an animated motivational video clip on Facebook under the hashtag "Support the Resistance."[3] The video features an Al-Qassam brigade fighter standing resolute on the battlefield, intrepidly facing enemy battleships, warplanes and tanks which target him with rockets and missiles. Despite being hit numerous times in the chest, the fighter remains standing with his arm defiantly raised in the symbol of the Resistance. The clip concludes with the following words: "We will never bend. Nothing will defeat us." 

The above screenshot is from an animated video clip posted on the pro-Hamas Shehab News Agency Facebook page. The Arabic reads: "We will never bend. Nothing will defeat us."

[1] Telegram.me/qassambrigades, March 24, 2019.  For more, see MEMRI JTTM articles: Hamas Military Wing Al-Qassam Brigades Calls On â€ŽSupporters Worldwide To Send Funds Using Bitcoin, January 30, 2019, and Hamas Military Wing Al-Qassam Brigades Publishes Its â€ŽBitcoin Address To Accept Donations, January 31, 2019.

[2] E.g. Poloniex, Binance, and Bittrex.

[3] Facebook.com/watch/?v=339633486681529, accessed March 26, 2019.

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