Dutch media is reporting that the Dutch government has recently announced a “Power of Voices” program which will allocate a total of €825 million to support various NGOs over a five-year period, including Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), a charity linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. According to a Wynia’s Week article:
December 14, 2020 From January 1, 2021, Minister Sigrid Kaag (D66) of development cooperation and trade will start a new round of large distribution. The fundamentalist Muslim Brothers will also benefit this time, now that the Islamic Relief Worldwide organization linked to the fundamentalists in many ways receives an amount from the Dutch subsidy pool. That Islamic fund was recently involved in scandals in Germany and England. However, the House of Representatives has so far supported Minister Kaag’s program with a large majority.
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In June, a Dutch charity had reported that as part of its Power of Voices program, the Dutch government was cooperating with an interfaith alliance known as CMC — Mensen met een Missie (CMC People With Mission) and which included IRW. According to a Tearfund press release:
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the policy framework Power of Voices, has invited the consortium Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action (JISRA) to co-create a strategy to advance freedom of religion and belief in seven countries. JISRA is an international interfaith consortium consisting of Mensen met een Missie, Faith to Action Network, Tearfund (UK and Netherlands), Islamic Relief Worldwide and Search for Common Ground. […]
The unique composition of the consortium, allows JISRA to work within faith communities as well as with high level decision makers.
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According to a Dutch government document, CMC — Mensen met een Missie will receive over €37 million in subsidies between 2021–2025.
Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on branches of Islamic Relief and their ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood has included:
- In December 2020, the GIOR reported that the German government had stopped funding for Islamic Relief Germany as a result of its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
- In November 2020, the GIOR identified the father of a Dutch parliamentary candidate as a Muslim Brotherhood leader and Islamic Relief CEO in that country.
- In October 2020, the GIOR reported that individuals representing Islamic Relief USA had participated at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood.
- In October 2020, the GIOR reported that Islamic Relief USA had sponsored a virtual international conference attended by dozens of organizations associated with the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
Islamic Relief Worldwide is a UK-based international charity organization whose senior management has included many leaders of the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Established in 1984, IRW co-founders included Essam El-Haddad, a senior Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood member who later became an adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and Hany El-Banna who later founded the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), which was stripped of UK public funding over its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. A former long-time IRW trustee is Ibrahim El-Zayat, a leader in both the European and the German Muslim Brotherhood. El-Zayat was also a trustee of the German branch of Islamic Relief. Another former IRW director is Ahmed Al-Rawi, the former head of the Council of European Muslims (formerly FIOE) and former President of the Muslim Association of Britain . Current IRW chair of trustee Lamia El-Amri is a former President of the European Forum of Muslim Women, part of the Council of European Muslims.
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