Tuesday, April 5, 2016

U.S. FUNDING "CHARITIES" WITH TERRORIST TIES

     I received a memo from ACT for America that I'd like to share. It seems the Obama administration recently gave a $270,000 grant to an Islamic charity that has been banned by Israel and the United Arab Emirates because of alleged financial ties to the terrorist group Hamas and to the Muslim Brotherhood. 

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     The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided the funds to the U.K.-based Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) for its work in Kenya. It battles infectious diseases and promotes global health security. Sound good, but the IRW has been at the center of other security concerns, including 6 "head's up" warnings that should raise some eyebrows: 
  1. In 2014, Israel and United Arab Emirates banned IRW, which is headquartered in Birmingham, England, from operating within its borders alleging that the group supports and funds Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s military arm in Palestine.
  2. Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon alleged in July 2014 that IRW’s chapters in the West Bank and Gaza Strip were being run by members of Hamas.
  3. The IRW is one of the sources of Hamas’s funding and a means for raising funds from various countries in the world, according to Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon.
  4. In 2006, the Israeli Security Agency arrested Iyaz Ali, a Pakistani-born British national who worked as project director of IRW’s operations in the West Bank. Ali transferred funds and assistance to various Hamas institutions and organizations, including the Al Wafa and Al Tzalah associations, which have been outlawed in Israel, according to  Israel’s defense ministry. Ali also admitted that he had worked and cooperated with Hamas operatives in Jordan.
  5. The IRW provides support and assistance to Hamas’s infrastructure and its  operations are controlled and staffed by Hamas operatives.
  6. In Nov. 2014, United Arab Emirates added IRW to its list of designated terrorist organizations. HSBC, the London-based bank, also severed its relationship with IRW, citing the alleged terror ties.
     The IRW denies any associations with Hamas or terrorist activities and President Obama cites the group’s work on international relief issues. But Ryan Mauro, who tracks terror-linked groups for the Clarion Project, says that IRW’s links to Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood should, at the very least, disqualify it from receiving any federal funding.
    The CDC grant isn’t the first federal grant IRW has received this year. As the Washington Free Beacon reported in December, U.S. Agency for International Development gave IRW a $100,000 stipend, also for work in Kenya.

 Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online Spy series, "Corey Pearson, CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Reach us on the Secure Contact Form. 

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