An Unexpected Revelation: How a Notorious Hamas Chief Ended Up in a London Subsidised Residence, Sparking a Fierce Political Rebuke.
The recent news reveals that a Hamas chief named Muhammad Qassem Sawalha, who previously orchestrated the group’s terror activities in the West Bank, has been living in a council house in London. Sawalha, a fugitive, reportedly resides in a council property that he was able to purchase with a significant discount of around £112,000 to £120,000123.
Sawalha fled to the UK during the 1990s, evading Israeli security forces by using a relative’s passport. After his arrival in the UK, he obtained British citizenship. Despite his relocation, Sawalha reportedly continued his affiliations with Hamas.
He has been involved in clandestine discussions aimed at rejuvenating terror acts in Israel and has also been implicated in money laundering to finance activities in Gaza and the West Bank, as per a US Department of Justice indictment from 2004. Furthermore, Sawalha remained active in Hamas’ operations as recently as 2019, when he participated in an official delegation to Moscow, meeting with Russian officials including the deputy foreign minister3.
This revelation has led to significant political backlash, igniting discussions around immigration and national security policies in the UK.