Posts Tagged ‘FIOE’

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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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Muslim Brotherhood associates broker €2 million deal from Kuwait for Dutch mosque

September 24, 2013
Mr. Al Qado

Nooh al-Kaddo

Nooh al-Kaddo, who plays a leadership role in several European affiliates of the international Muslim Brotherhood, has positioned himself as a central dealmaker in obtaining financing from Kuwait for the controversial Blue Mosque in Amsterdam.

A special report from the Investigative Project on Terrorism has revealed that al-Kaddo secured €2 million from Kuwait to be funneled through the Europe Trust Netherlands (ETN), a leading Dutch-Muslim group.  In exchange the Kuwaitis largesse, Kuwait’s minister of religious affairs is being designated as the new the chairman of ETN.  Kuwait will also essentially retain control over mosque.

According to IPT, al-Kaddo runs the Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland (an entity tied to Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Youssef Qaradawi), serves as a trustee of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated charity Human Appeal International, and worked on the Kuwait/Blue Mosque deal with three other Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic leaders—Ahmed Al-Rawi, Yahia Bouyafa, and Yassin Elforkani.

Read it all at ITP here.  Hat tip to Arun and TCJR.

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Focus on FIOE funding

February 8, 2011

Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe

The Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), a supposedly moderate alliance that calls itself “the largest Islamic organization on the European level,” recently held a conference in Istanbul.  The location of the meeting is significant because it is consistent with a pattern of Turkish-hosted meetings of Muslim Brotherhood affiliates.

Now would be a good time to take a look at FIOE’s financing.  The best source available on the subject is a NEFA Foundation report from October 2008.  NEFA found that “funding for the FIOE is derived largely from Gulf sources, including some of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. The FIOE has strong ties to Hamas and Hamas fund-raising organizations, and some FIOE member organizations show evidence of links with Al-Qaida.

NEFA’s look at the money trail follows (with internal citations omitted).  What’s peculiar about the Gulf funding sources is that so many of the donors wish to remain anonymous.  If, as FIOE claims, they are simply an organization existing to highlight the positive elements of Islam in European life, then why conceal the donors’ identities?

Although, FIOE officials have stated in the past that that the organization filed with the U.K. tax authorities, little public information is available about FIOE finances. In 2005, the FIOE said it had an annual budget of GBP 900,000, or about $1.5 million, with roughly GBP 400,000 coming from member organizations and the rest from donations; much of this funding comes from anonymous donors in the Gulf. These funds were said to come chiefly from the UAE and, although the donors wished to remain anonymous, they did include the Al Kaqf family and the Al-Maktoum family, the ruling family of Dubai. According to confidential sources, FIOE leaders said that the Muslim World League (MWL) does not provide funds directly, but “business people” donate through the MWL because it is “clear and official.” This also provides the donors with anonymity in the way that annual reports are provided.

The March 2007 FIOE newsletter reported that a FIOE delegation headed by FIOE President Chakib Benmakhlout visited Saudi Arabia from February 16 through March 1 to “strengthen bonds and introduce plans and projects.” The latest FIOE newsletter reported that Makhlouf headed a delegation to Kuwait on a seven-day trip where he met with the Deputy Minister of Endowment (waqf) and a number of officials at the ministry The two sides were said to have discussed “the possibility of supporting the activities of Islamic organizations and foundations in Europe and preaching for Islam.” The same newsletter also reported that the FIOE East Europe Bureau held a charitable forum in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia recently that was attended by “people supporting charitable works in East Europe.”

Funding for FIOE member organizations and central institutions also comes from Gulf sources. Examples include:

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