Taxpayer's Money Going to Support Islamic Terrorist Organizations
WASHINGTON — June 25, 2018
It is known that every day millions of Americans go to work and pay their taxes so that they can support their families. But no one could have supposed that their tax dollars are going to an organization called “Islamic Relief.”
According to a Daily Caller News Foundation report, significant amounts of US taxpayers funds were paid organizations who were closely related with Islamic Relief, the highly influential international nonprofit. Which was founded by Al-Qaida terrorist and “Bin Laden loyalist” Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani.
Islamic Relief transferred funds into a secret offshore bank account to financially supportHamas, the militant and political Islamist organization, which has been banned internationally.
According to the Middle East Forum (MEF) report, taxpayers from western countries have provided $80 million to Islamic Relief during last 10 years.
A representative from the American arm of Islamic Relief has spoken in defense of this charitable organization, saying that none of the accusations are true.
“Islamic Relief has operated as a top-rated humanitarian organization for 25 years working to deliver relief and development in a non-discriminatory, dignified manner to vulnerable individuals in over 40 countries around the world,” said Sharif Aly, CEO of Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA). “IRUSA abides by strict standards of neutrality and impartiality in carrying out its overarching humanitarian mission.”
He added that the organization works with many legitimate, accredited fellow charities and government agencies around the world. Among them being the Red Cross and HIAS, FEMA and USDA.
It was also not that long ago that it had worked with a Jewish refugee resettlement charity to provide humanitarian and legal assistance to refugees in Greece
“Islamic Relief USA is honored to be partnering with such an esteemed and effective organization like HIAS to protect refugees who are in great need of assistance,” Islamic Relief USA President Anwar Khan said. “Our shared values have always been to help some of the most vulnerable populations around the world. With recent incidents of people not gaining access to essential services, and many having their rights violated, we will work to put a stop to these disturbing trends and promote the legal rights of all refugees.”
However, according to the MEF’s investigation, Islamic Relief allegedly has been involved in the process of engaging with several anti-Semitic organizations.
“It received over $700,000 of taxpayers’ money during the Obama administration,” said the report. “And now, under the Trump administration, public officials continue to speak at its events and legitimize it as a charitable institution. But this institution’s officials continue to promote some very uncharitable ideas: hatred of Jews, support for extremist ideologies, and praise for terror.”
Aside from the 80 million dollars that Islamic Relief has received from tax payers in western countries over the last ten years corporate foundations have also provided more than 4.3 million dollars to Islamic Relief.
In addition, MEF says Islamic Relief officials have had “dinner at the White House” and assumed positions as advisers within the U.S. Department of State.
“There is a reason for both United Arab Emirates and Israel banning Islamic Relief. There is a reason for two international banks shutting down its accounts. And there is reason for investigations by European officials into Islamic Relief’s promotion of extremist preachers who advocate violence and hate,” said director of Islamist Watch Westrop. “Now it’s time for American politicians and law enforcement to look into those reasons, stop funding Islamic Relief’s work, and start challenging the pernicious extremism spread by this international franchise and its Islamist operatives in the U.S.”
“Any suggestion that IRUSA is, or has been, susceptible to undue influence by third parties is patently false and wholly inconsistent with the history of our humanitarian work and programming, as well as our demonstrated record of operating as a transparent, accountable and legally compliant non-profit institution in the United States,” Aly continued. “IRUSA and its officials, trustees and staff firmly and unequivocally denounce any allegations that it has ties to terrorists or terror-linked organizations.”
The world community finds it difficult to answer the question of what do with this organization. For despite some of the good work that Islamic Relief has done in many parts of the world, there are critical problems that vastly outweigh its charitable efforts.
Perhaps it is finally time to ask why we have to give money to Islamic Relief and why we should continue to take the chance on such an organization with so many red flags
“Ultimately, if Western governments are serious about fighting the intolerant, divisive and violent effects of global Islamism, then Islamic Relief must be shut down,” said the conclusion of the report. “It is the flagship institution of lawful Islamism in the West. There are certainly Muslim charities that do not promote extremism and subsidize terrorism. Why should taxpayers all over the world fund a charity that does?”