Dalal Al-Arouri (52 years old) was arrested last month with her sister Fatima in separate raids in Arouri, Al-Arouri’s hometown, near Ramallah.

An Israeli police statement said that Dalal Al-Arouri helped transfer money to her brother several times over the past two years, and also made several “inflammatory” statements on October 7.

The statement did not mention whether Fatima was also accused of the same charges.

An Israeli air strike targeting a Hamas headquarters in the southern suburb of Beirut last January resulted in the assassination of Saleh Al-Arouri.

Al-Arouri...leader in Hamas

  • Al-Arouri was born near Ramallah in the West Bank in 1966, and was one of the first to join Hamas when it was formed in 1987.

  • He was imprisoned in 1992, one year before the Fatah leadership agreed to the Oslo Accords, in which it accepted the existence of Israel and abandoned the armed struggle in order to push for negotiations on the establishment of a Palestinian state.

  • Hamas rejected this approach, and when Al-Arouri was released in 2007, he quickly returned to fighting, and was imprisoned again until 2010 when the Israeli Supreme Court ordered his deportation.

  • Israel has long accused Al-Arouri of launching deadly attacks on its citizens, but a Hamas official said he was also “at the heart of negotiations” regarding the outcome of the Gaza war and the release of hostages brokered by Qatar and Egypt.

  • As a senior official in the movement in Lebanon, he played an important role in strengthening Hamas’s relations with the Lebanese Hezbollah group.

  • He helped found Hamas's military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and has been accused by Israel of orchestrating fatal attacks over the years.