Posts Tagged ‘CAIR’

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World’s biggest Islamic charity branded as terrorist group by 2nd Middle East country

November 17, 2014

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) has been designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates, the second Middle Eastern country to do so within the past five months. In June, IRW was declared illegal by Israel for being a financial conduit to Hamas, and it was banned from operating in Israel and the West Bank.

The Birmingham, England-based IRW is the largest international Islamic charity in the world with a £155 million (240 million USD) budget in 2013.  IRW has over 280 employees and is active in more than 30 countries.  IRW maintains over a dozen affiliates throughout the world, each with multi-million dollar operating budgets of their own including Islamic Relief USA, which is the largest Islamic charity in America.

IRW accepted a $50,000 check from Osama Bin Laden in 1999, had a Gaza program coordinator who aided Hamas from 2005-06, received over £60K from an Al Qaeda front group from 2003-08, has leaders who are closely aligned with the global Muslim Brotherhood, and had programs staffed by Hamas personnel in the Palestinian territories as recently as this year.  Supporters of IRW have noted that the UK’s charitable regulator has not confirmed the evidence against IRW; however, a 2013 audit found that the Charity Commission is understaffed, too passive in its investigations, and is generally unfit for its regulatory duties.

UAE calls 15 Muslim groups in the West “terrorists”

In addition to the IRW designation, the UAE named 15 other Islamic charities and advocacy groups in the U.S. and Europe as terrorist entities:

  • Islamic Relief UK (the British affiliate of IRW)
  • Muslim Association of Britain (part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Cordoba Foundation in Britain (once described by David Cameron as a Muslim Brotherhood front group)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (the self-described civil rights group which was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas-financing trial)
  • Muslim American Society (which was created by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Union of Islamic Organizations of France (a French Muslim group tied to the Muslim Brotherhood that profits from halal certification)
  • Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (an alliance financed by Gulf sources with ties to Hamas)
  • Islamische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland (the “main representative” of the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany)
  • Associazione Musulmani Italiani (Italian Muslim Association)
  • League of Muslims in Belgium (La Ligue des Musulmans de Belgique)
  • Muslim Association of Sweden (Sveriges muslimska förbund)
  • Islamic Society in Denmark (Islamsk Trossamfund)
  • Islamic Council Norway (Islamsk Rad Norge)
  • Finnish Islamic Association (Suomen Islam-seurakunta)
  • CANVAS in Belgrade, Serbia

The UAE designated over 80 groups overall, most of which are located in the Middle East.  The practical effect of the designations are limited, designed for “transparency” and to “raise awareness.”  In other words, the designations include not asset freezes, travel bans, or prohibitions on transacting business with the designated groups.

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Islamic Relief gave $118K to terror-linked groups

September 21, 2014

New tax documents reveal that Islamic Relief USA (IR-USA), the largest Islamic charity in the United States, gave over $118,000 in grants in 2013 to entities with previous connections to terrorism.

IR-USA’s 2013 tax return, which was filed in July 2014, showed that the charity gave $45,495 in grants to the Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful 2007 prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for financing the terrorist organization Hamas.

Their form 990 also shows that IR-USA gave $40,000 to the radical mosque Dar Al-Hijrah in Falls Church, Virginia, for a “zakat partner program.” Deceased terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki served as the mosque’s imam leading up to and immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

The tax schedule also documented almost $32,909 in grants to Services for Human Advancement and Resource Enhancement (SHARE) affiliates in Atlanta and Indianapolis of the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), a group which was founded by an unindicted co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

IR-USA has been involved in several scandals in recent years: Money Jihad previously reported that IR-USA gives about $5 to $10 million per year to its parent charity Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), which has recently been banned from Israel for funding Hamas. IR-USA was also implicated in fraudulent multi-million dollar valuations of its drug stockpiles. More recently, Islamic Relief affiliates have described their own partnerships with the pro-Hamas front charity IHH to conduct operations in rebel-controlled territory in Syria.

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Money and jihad: recommended reading

May 22, 2014
  • Boko Haram‘s rise to prominence might be explained by foreign funding to the tune of $70 million… more>>
  • Witness:  A mosque in Long Island funded a militant jihadist group called Supporters of Shariamore>>
  • Saynab Abdirashid Hussein perjured herself before a Minnesota grand jury about money she raised for jihad in Somalia. Her sentence? Just probation… more>>
  • CAIR is furious that banks have closed risky accounts with Iranian students in the U.S….more>>
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How 2 controversial terror group conspirators profit from halal food corporate sponsorships

April 28, 2014

Crescent Foods, a major U.S. halal foods manufacturer, has partnerships with two major Islamic groups that were named as co-conspirators during the terror finance trial against the Holy Land Foundation.

Crescent Foods has sponsored an events conducted by the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and has “teamed up” with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to create a national halal certification board. ISNA itself describes Crescent Foods president Ahmad Adam, a Palestinian Arab American, as a “founding member” of ISNA.

Court documents showed that CAIR and ISNA conspired with HLF in sending $12 million to Hamas in the early 2000s. The HLF was shut down and its former leaders are in prison. Federal prosecutors under attorney general Eric Holder have declined to prosecute CAIR and ISNA.

In addition to its HLF links, Crescent Foods has somewhat murky relationships with undocumented charitable groups. Crescent Foods’s philanthropic activities include sponsorship of a Chicago-based entity known as “Refugee Assistance Programs” (RAP-US) on Victoria Lane in Glendale Heights. Although it solicits donations on its website, RAP-US is not a registered charity with the Illinois attorney general’s office, nor has it filed for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. RAP-US describes itself as a member of the “Golden Door Coalition,” a similarly un-registered entity.

Crescent Foods has also supplied food at a variety of events coordinated by Islamic organizations, including “proud” sponsorship of conferences hosted by the radical American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) group.

The relationships between Crescent Foods and the HLF associates are not unique in the shadowy and lucrative world of halal certification. IFANCA, probably the most significant halal certifying entity in the U.S., is also tied to HLF co-conspirators and Muslim Brotherhood front groups. Both IFANCA and Crescent Foods have participated in ISNA’s Halal Food Forum.

The Muslim Association of Canada, a primary halal certifying entity, has given money to IRFAN, a charity which was stripped of its tax-exempt status by Canada Revenue Agency for its financial contributions to Hamas. Halal certification in France has been documented to redound primarily to the benefit of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Suspicious financial actors: recommended reading

March 20, 2014

Thanks to El Grillo, Pulp Ark, and all those tweeting out good tips:

  • CAIR, an co-conspirator in the HLF terror finance case, is complaining about a Minnesota bank that closed suspicious accountsmore>>
  • The IRS is employing a man who tipped off an Al Qaeda suspect… more>>
  • US Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va) will appear at a fundraiser sponsored by Muslim Brotherhood supporters… more>>
  • Even people with criminal records can “buy” EU citizenship for £150,000, and all the benefits that entails… more>>

 

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Seven ways to stop funding terror

September 5, 2012

Money Jihad has previously proposed methods to limit zakat and hawala—two major mechanisms for funding terror.  Here’s a more comprehensive set of our recommendations that would reduce terrorist financing overall:

  1. Drill, baby, drill.  The U.S. should expand offshore oil drilling, open federal lands for drilling, ease its permitting process for new refineries, encourage hydraulic fracturing methods that tap previously inaccessible energy sources underground, and approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  Increasing domestic U.S. and Western Hemisphere energy production will reduce reliance on Persian Gulf oil supplies and thereby minimize the profits reaped by hostile, foreign regimes that sponsor terror.
  2. Eliminate foreign aid to Pakistan.  Pakistan uses its ISI spy service to fund the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.  Continuing to waste money on Pakistan is not only wasteful when we can least afford it, but it is suicidal.
  3. Study the true enemy and threat.  Among the most important concepts for the Western public to understand are:

    If we fail to acknowledge Islam as the animating force behind terror finance, we’ll get confused and aim at the wrong targets.  For example, we’ve spent billions of dollars complying with extensive bureaucratic requirements such as currency reports that have yielded minimal results.

  4. Launch a new offensive against Muslim American charities and entities that fund terrorism.  Pick a few of the highest profile ones and make an example of them by prosecuting their leaders and dressing them in orange jumpsuits.  Prosecute Islamic Relief USA under the laws against providing material support for terrorism.  Prosecute the Council on American-Islamic Relations under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  Strip the halal food certifier IFANCA and the mosque deed financier North American Islamic Trust of their tax-exempt status. Read the rest of this entry ?
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Grounds for prosecuting CAIR

August 17, 2012

CAIR should be prosecuted under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which Money Jihad has indicated before. Frank Gaffney’s CAIR Observatory website is a great resource for explaining why.  Readers should take a look.

Here are some key points from a 2010 letter from Gaffney spelling out the grounds for prosecuting CAIR under FARA that bear a second look:

  • FARA requires entities that act as agents of foreign principals to disclose their foreign relationships.
  • “CAIR has met and coordinated with representatives of foreign principals on more than 30 occasions and engaged in over 60 political influence operations on their behalf,” without reporting these activities.
  • “FARA § 612 (a) (5) requires that a foreign agent report ‘the nature and amount of contributions, income, money, or thing of value’.”
  • “CAIR has received more than $6.6 million in cash and loans and more than $50 million in pledges from foreign principals based in Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. CAIR has failed to report these payments.”

Foreign agents are supposed to register with an office within the Department of Justice.  Under Attorney General Holder, CAIR will never register and will never be prosecuted for failing to register.  We must see to it that Mr. Holder is replaced by somebody willing to enforce the law.

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Flim flam man speaks at Muslim Bro forum

June 7, 2012

Nihad “Need A lot” Awad, director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, has lectured the “9th Annual U.S. Islamic World Forum” on mechanisms for promoting Islamic charity, according to the Brookings Institute.

What did Awad talk about?  How to beg Muammar Qaddafi for money?  How to fail to file tax returns?  How to conceal your foreign donors to violate U.S. law?  How to solicit donations after your charity has been stripped of tax-exempt status?  How to work hand-in-hand with a major U.S. charity (HLF) that funded Hamas?  How to lie about how the 9/11 commission says Al Qaeda was funded?

Given his history of duplicity and financial & legal mismanagement, inviting Awad to speak on the topic of Islamic charity is flabbergasting.  Sadly, his remarks to the Islamic Forum are only be the tip of the iceberg.  The real crime is that this was essentially a conference of the Muslim Brotherhood.  One supposes that Awad was invited to help the Muslim Brotherhood raise more funds.  TGMBDR has done a superb job of summarizing the affiliations of the attendees.  Here’s their rundown:

9th Annual U.S. Islamic World Forum Features Middle Eastern Muslim Brotherhood And Charity Session With CAIR Leader

The program for the the 9th Annual U.S. Islamic World Forum, sponsored by the U.S. Brookings Institution and opening today, indicates that for the first time members of open Middle Eastern Muslim Brotherhood groups will be participating and features a seminar on promoting Islamic charities that includes the leader of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to the program, the following members of MIddle Eastern Muslim Brotherhood organizations are scheduled to participate:

  • Suleiman Abdel Qadir (Former General Observer, Muslim Brotherhood, Libya)
  • Esam al-Haddad (Foreign Relations Committee Officer, Freedom and Justice Party, Egypt)
  • Mohamed Gaair (Senior Official, Muslim Brotherhood Libya)

In addition, the following individuals tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood are also featured:

  • Tariq Ramadan ( son-in-law of the founder of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Jasser Auda (colleague of Tariq Ramadan, multiple affiliations)
  • Rachid Ghannouchi (head of Enahda, the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia)
  • Abdallah bin Bayyah (King Abdulaziz University, European Council for Fatwa and Research)
  • Awakkol karman, Activist (2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Islah Party- Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen)

The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood is also represented and includes:

  • Sherman Jackson (Islamic Society of North America)
  • Mohamed Magid (Islamic Society of North America)
  • Radwan Masmoudi (Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy)

Nihad Awad, the leader of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is also listed as participating in a session on Islamic charities titled “Developing New Mechanisms to Promote the Muslim Charitable Sector.” A recent post reported reported that new Congressional legislation contains a report recommending that the Attorney General sever its ties with CAIR as the FBI has already done. In 2009, a US federal judge ruled ”The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas. Nevertheless, the session was scheduled to include U.S. counter-terrroism officials from the State and Treasury Departments.

Also participating in the Forum were the following individuals either part of or close to the U.S. government:

  • Steven Simon (Senior Director, Middle East and North Africa, National Security Council, White House)
  • Farah Pandith (Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State)
  • Rachid Hussain (U.S. envoy to the OIC, history of ties to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Dalia Mogahed, (Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, close to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Emile Nakhleh (former head of CIA Political Islam program)

TGMBDR has more on Qatar’s involvement with the conference and the Muslim Brotherhood here.

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IRS revokes CAIR’s tax-exempt status

June 28, 2011

The IRS has revoked the tax-exempt status of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  CAIR hasn’t filed a single 990, a fairly simple tax form required for most nonprofit organizations to submit, in over three years!  (See our related coverage here from last year.)  This is in line with a pattern of slipshod accounting, misappropriation, unknown overheads, missing money, mysterious spending, and unacceptable financial controls by Islamic entities throughout the world.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism hints that CAIR did not file the required paperwork because it would reveal their reliance on foreign funding sources.  That is plausible because, if you were the attorney for CAIR, you too would probably make the decision that it’s better to lose your tax-exempt status than it would be to be prosecuted in federal court for violating FARA, the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  (CAIR’s FARA problem is documented here, which was exacerbated by CAIR’s servile request to Libyan looney-toon Muamar Qaddafi.)  Violations of FARA carry up to a five year prison sentence.

But as a co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation in its scheme to fund Hamas, CAIR could be concealing far worse truths than its Gulf revenue stream.  Missing 990s not only means that we don’t know CAIR’s funding sources, but we don’t know much about their expenditures either.  CAIR’s historic involvement in terror finance schemes is chilling.

From the Politico (which notes that CAIR lied to their own reporter for this story) on June 23:

CAIR loses nonprofit status

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has lost its nonprofit status, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

The civil rights group, long accused of ties to radical Islam, is on a list of 275,000 organizations who have not filed the requisite paperwork with the IRS to maintain nonprofit status. Tax law requires annual disclosure of assets, expenditures and salaries for 501(c) nonprofits. Both CAIR and sister organization CAIR Foundation have lost their status.

A CAIR attorney initially told POLITICO that its appearance on the IRS list referred to a defunct arm of the nonprofit, and that CAIR and CAIR foundation were unaffected — a claim that a review of the IRS documents did not support. CAIR then told POLITICO the IRS was to blame, citing a number of other errors that have occurred on the IRS list. However, CAIR could not produce their IRS disclosure forms for 2007 through 2010 — which are required to be open for public inspection.

“We are looking into all of these issues and are working with the IRS to clear things up,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told POLITICO. “CAIR was clearly not targeted or singled in any way by the IRS.”

CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a landmark terrorism financing trial in Texas. Some Islamic charities facing federal investigations have been advised by attorneys not to file IRS paperwork for legal reasons, but there is no evidence that CAIR is currently the target of a federal probe.

Incidentally, the move helps IRS catch up with its Canadian counterpart, Canada Revenue Agency, which has so far been more agressive on revoking the tax-exempt status of nefarious Islamic charities.

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DOJ source implicates Islamic Relief

April 17, 2011

A high-ranking U.S. Department of Justice official has disclosed that money for Hamas “is going through groups like Islamic Relief.”  Islamic Relief USA is the largest Muslim charity in America, and enjoys a four-star charity rating from Charity Navigator… for the time being.

This news comes from a recent Pajamas Media exclusive by Patrick Poole (with much thanks to Shariah Finance Watch for circulating) about the Department of Justice’s decision to squash its investigation into terrorist financing by CAIR and related organizations due to political reasons. There’s a lot to digest in the article, and Money Jihad readers should peruse the whole scandalous thing, but today I’d like to drill down into one angle of the story.

Specifically, the Department of Justice official that served as the source for the article said:

We know that these Muslim leaders and groups are continuing to raise money for Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Ten years ago we shut down the Holy Land Foundation. It was the right thing to do. Then the money started going to KindHearts. We shut them down too. Now the money is going through groups like Islamic Relief and Viva Palestina.

We all know about the Holy Land Foundation, which was the largest Islamic charity in America before it was shut down for financing Hamas.  Readers will also recall KindHearts, the new bottle for HLF’s old wine, that the ACLU still goes to great lengths to defend.

We knew about Viva Palestina too, the relatively new but already infamous “charity.”

But Islamic Relief?  Although the name “Islamic Relief” could be applied to several organizations, it is unlikely that the official is referring to the Saudi-backed International Islamic Relief Organization, because that is normally just called IIRO.  (Besides, IIRO prefers funding Al Qaeda, not Hamas…)

The source could conceivably be referring to Islamic Relief Worldwide, a U.K.-based umbrella group which Money Jihad has reported to have colluded with Union of Good (pro-Hamas) charities before. 

But most likely, the DOJ source is referring to Islamic Relief USA, and that is because most U.S. Muslims are giving directly to Islamic Relief USA, not directly to Worldwide Islamic Relief or Islamic Relief UK (although they’re all related).  If true, it is newsbreaking that a high-ranking Justice official has “outed” Islamic Relief USA for the first time.

Even if the source is referring to Islamic Relief Worldwide, that is the first time a U.S. official has made such defamatory comments.

Since the Holy Land Foundation closed, Islamic Relief USA has been the largest Muslim charity and zakat collector in America.  (See our review of Islamic Relief USA’s finances here.)  If officials in the Justice Department are aware of Islamic Relief funds being funneled to Hamas, they have an obligation to move forward with an investigation and prosecution.

Too much money is involved to ignore this seemingly casual reference to Islamic Relief becoming the new channel for filling the coffers of Hamas.

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CAIR really cares… about Qaddafi

April 11, 2011

Knowing that Libyan desert warrior Daffy Qaddafi underwrites important international projects (like funding the epic slasher “Halloween”), the always (dis)honest executive director of CAIR wrote a letter in 2009 soliciting funds from the dictator.

Well-known shakedown artist and zakat beggar Nihad Awad (also known as Need Alot) apparently failed in his attempt to get millions from Qaddafi.  Just as well.  CAIR’s foreign donors from the Gulf might get jealous if their North American puppet fell under the spell of an African.

Here’s the news about Need Alot’s letter from Fox News on Apr. 6:

A letter from the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and president of an offshoot group, Muslim Peace Foundation to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has added fuel to criticisms of the controversial group and what its critics say are some dubious fundraising tactics.

In the letter, obtained by Fox News and dated Sept. 23, 2009, CAIR executive director Nihad Awad asks Qaddafi for funding for his new project called the Muslim Peace Foundation. Qaddafi was in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., cited the letter Wednesday at a House Appropriations sub-committee hearing, during which Wolf asked FBI Director Robert Mueller about the FBI’s relationship with CAIR. Mueller replied there “is no formal relationship with CAIR.”

A translation of the letter, written originally in Arabic, says in part, “I am pleased to send to Your Excellency in my name most solemn assurances of thanks and appreciation for the efforts you exert in the service of Islam, Muslims and all mankind through your initiative to teach Islam, spread the culture of Islam, and solve disputes, for which you are known internationally.”

This was long before the uprising in Libya this year, with international calls for Qaddafi to step down after a brutal crackdown on dissent that has escalated into a civil war with rebel forces.

But Wolf said the CAIR director’s 2009 letter still was written with the full knowledge of the regime’s brutal treatment of its opponents and its deplorable human rights record, as well as its long history of acts of international terrorism. And the congressman said the letter showed that Awad was in the process of setting up the Muslim Peace Foundation and seeking to raise $15 million.

The letter ends by thanking Qaddafi for his “generous support.”

Wolf said it was his understanding that Awad had made repeated attempts to solicit funding from Qadaffi and other foreign sources, and he asked Mueller if the FBI was aware of the outreach to Qadaffi and if the group had received funds from the Libyan regime.

“I’ll have to get back to you on that,” Mueller said. “I am not familiar myself at this point, but we may.”

It was late March that the Investigative Project on Terrorism released a report that quoted a Libyan news website that reported that CAIR officials, including Awad, had met with Qaddafi in September 2009. They had asked him then to “underwrite a program to distribute 1 million copies of the Quran to government officials and the general public in America.”

But CAIR spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, told Fox News that the organization didn’t receive any money from the Libyan government.

“A number of community leaders and organizations were invited to a meeting in New York, at which support was sought for an initiative, unrelated to CAIR, to promote peace and mutual understanding,” Hooper said. “That single meeting mirrored the actions of the Bush and Obama administrations.”

Hooper also noted that “CAIR was one of the first American organizations to call for a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians.”

Steve Emerson, the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, called it “hypocritical” for CAIR leaders to “ask for funds from Qaddafi given that they’ve just condemned him.”

“Their transgressions are multiple some of them fall into immorality, some into illegality,” Emerson told Fox News. As for CAIR raising funds abroad, Emerson says it’s legal to raise money but must be reported on the group’s annual 990 tax form. However, Emerson said if they were to work at the “direction or control” of a foreign donor they could very well be violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

Hooper would not respond to Fox News’ questions on whether CAIR receives funding from foreign donors, but he would say that CAIR works with the FBI on “an almost daily basis on civil rights issues.”