Posts Tagged ‘CBSP’

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Charity raised zakat in France for jihad in Syria

December 8, 2014

Two leaders of an Islamic charity in Paris have been indicted for raising money for terrorists in Syria and Iraq including al-Nusra Front.  (Hat tip to El Grillo and Sal.)  The charity, Pearl of Hope, had its assets frozen in January and was closed by authorities in November.  A French news weekly reported that Pearl of Hope collected 60,000 to 100,000 euros (75K-130K USD), but it is unclear if all of that went to Syria and Iraq, or if it included the charity’s operations in Gaza.

The founder and president the charity, Yasmine Znaidi, responded by saying, “My crime is to be Muslim.”  She has previously claimed to be mostly interested in helping orphans and distributing baby milk.  The website OnIslam referred to the charity’s closure as the result of the “government’s witch hunt” against Muslim charitable giving.

Jihad financier, president of Perle d'Espoir

Ms. Znaidi, President of Pearl of Hope

Actually, the hands of authorities seem to have been forced by the behavior of Znaidi’s colleague, Nabil Ouerfelli, who posted incendiary comments along with photos of weapons and the black flag of jihad on Facebook while he fought alongside other jihadists in Syria.  Ouerfelli had also taken 10,000 euros in cash with him to Syria.

The website Dreuz was critical of the the delay in acting against Pearl of Hope, noting that the charity has has been engaged in financing terrorism in Gaza for a couple years, but that French authorities ignored their activities until they crossed the line by working with jihadists in Syria and Iraq.  Dreuz also notes that Comité de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP) has routinely transferred money to Hamas, but has not been held accountable by French authorities. The U.S. lists CBSP as a specially designated global terrorist entity, and CBSP was named in the terror finance lawsuit against Arab Bank as well as suits against Credit Lyonnais.

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Jordan puts money where mouth bites

December 13, 2010

According to the Wall Street Journal, Jordan has escalated its efforts to lobby senior U.S. officials to save Arab Bank’s hide from terror finance litigation in American courts.  For the moment, the U.S. is standing firm in resisting Jordanian efforts.

Wonder why Jordan is going to such lengths to protect Arab Bank from litigation over terrorist financing?  There’s a semi-official, almost understandable explanation that Jordan wants to protect the bank’s financial interests by reassuring account holders that information about their transactions will not be released to foreign governments.

There’s another possible explanation.  Jordanians enjoy giving money to Hamas.  They want to continue giving money to Hamas.  They like Hamas.  And they don’t want the money flow shut down.

Public opinion data recently released by the Pew Research Center (see here for our earlier Pew coverage) show that 60 percent of Jordanians approve of Hamas:

Chart on Jordan poll results

60% of Jordanians favor Hamas

That probably means that 60 percent of Arab Bank’s managers and employees approve of Hamas.  And they’ve been busy acting in behalf of their customers and their own biases.

Arab Bank transferred money on behalf of the Comité de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP), the notorious Islamic charity in France, to the Ramallah al-Bireh zakat committee—a known financial subunit of Hamas.  Arab Bank also transferred money to Ramallah al-Bireh in large quantities from Jordan itself.  Arab Bank also transferred money from Saudi Arabia to the Saudi Committee—another committee established to fund Hamas.

If the Pew findings are any indication, Jordan may not be protecting Arab Bank for the money, but for the love.

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Beaucoup zakat for Pakistan

August 23, 2010

One gets the impression looking at this chart from a presentation entitled “Islamic Radicalization in Europe” by Dr. Mia Bloom University of Georgia that France is at the forefront of the Islamization of the West.

Demographics of Islam across Atlantic

France home to biggest Muslim population in West

France has more Muslims than Lebanon or Kuwait.

Where there are Muslims, there is also zakat.

Many French Muslims give at their mosques.  But for those who give to charities, the largest include: 

The website “Respaix Conscience Musulmane” recently urged readers to contribute to Pakistani flood relief by making a donation to any one of those three charities.

The inclusion CBSP in fundraising appeals for Pakistan is especially infuriating.  France is notorious for its refusal to designate CBSP as a terrorist organization, while Israel, the U.S., the Netherlands, and Germany have all recognized CBSP’s perfidy.  Any Frenchman who gives his money to CBSP might as well give his money directly to the Pakistani Taliban.