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Dutch Government Discovers Muslim Brotherhood Ties Of Islamic Relief Worldwide- We Told You About That In 2008

February 1st, 2021 17:17

Dutch media is report­ing that the Dutch gov­ern­ment has end­ed a large grant for the Islam­ic Relief World­wide (IRW) char­i­ty after media reports revealed the organization’s ties to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. Accord­ing to a De Telegraaf report, the respon­si­ble Dutch Min­is­ter only learned of those ties in Decem­ber 2020:

The Hague — Min­is­ter Kaag (Devel­op­ment Coop­er­a­tion) ends the sub­sidy for the con­tro­ver­sial Islam­ic Relief World­wide. After dis­turb­ing media reports about ties with the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, the D66 min­is­ter decides that no Dutch tax mon­ey should go to the orga­ni­za­tion. Islam­ic Relief had sub­mit­ted an appli­ca­tion to Kaag, who would dis­trib­ute an amount of more than 37 mil­lion euros among four orga­ni­za­tions from Jan­u­ary. The Islam­ic orga­ni­za­tion hoped to get some of that mon­ey. Kaag writes on Tues­day that she learned for the first time in Decem­ber that Islam­ic Relief would have links with the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, through the media. She then decid­ed to obtain infor­ma­tion from oth­er donors of the orga­ni­za­tion, which the min­istry pre­vi­ous­ly described as “aid orga­ni­za­tion”. “Based on this infor­ma­tion, I have decid­ed not to sub­si­dize Islam­ic Relief Worldwide.”

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The Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Dai­ly Watch, our pre­de­ces­sor pub­li­ca­tion, first report­ed on the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ties of Islam­ic Relief World­wide in April 2008.

The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed in Decem­ber 2020 that Islam­ic Relief World­wide (IRW) was among a group of char­i­ties award­ed over €37 mil­lion in sub­si­dies by the Dutch gov­ern­ment between 2021–2025. Oth­er GIOR report­ing on Islam­ic Relief has included:

  • In Jan­u­ary 2021, the GIOR report­ed that Islam­ic Relief Swe­den had received a pres­ti­gious award for its work with refugees, while the US State Depart­ment called on all gov­ern­ment bod­ies to reex­am­ine their rela­tion­ship with IRW over anti­se­mit­ic state­ments by its leadership.
  • In Decem­ber 2020, the GIOR report­ed that the Ger­man gov­ern­ment had cut fund­ing for Islam­ic Relief Ger­many based on 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 for­mer direc­tor of Islam­ic Relief in that country.
  • 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 glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood lead­ers. 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 trustees Lamia El-Amri is a for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Forum of Mus­lim Women, part of the Coun­cil of Euro­pean Muslims.