In June, the Dutch Parliament published an inquiry into foreign influence over the country’s Muslims, highlighting millions of euros in funding of Dutch mosques by charities close to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Among the organizations most prominently featured in the report is Qatar Charity (QC), a quasi-governmental NGO funded by the Qatari royal family. According to a translation of the Dutch language report:
June 25, 2020 Mr. Van der Blom indicates that he through a good friend of Centrum De Middenweg has contacted Qatar Charity in April 2014: “Qatar Charity is the organization that does all the paperwork for anything charity-related in Qatar. We have created a file there. Then you get a kind of file number, with which you then can go to businesspeople. You can also go to a mosque – you name it”. This has led to some fifty donors who have donated money to Qatar Charity, in total €700,000 to €750,000.
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The report says QC’s donations reached the Netherlands via the Europe Trust Netherlands (ETN), the Dutch branch of the Europe Trust (ET). Although sometimes claiming to be an independent charity, the Europe Trust is in fact a part of the Council of European Muslims (CEM), representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. The ET has been amassing a portfolio of revenue-producing properties, which it uses chiefly to fund CEM member organizations. According to the report:
Previously undisclosed documents show that ETN has been the beneficiary of large donations from the Qatar Charity. In a letter dated May 23, 2015, for example, then ETN director Yassin al Furqani confirms to Qatar Charity that ETN had received seven wire transfers (six for Euros 99.447,29 and one for Euros 59.638,38—for a total of Euros 656.322,12) on its ABN-AMRO bank account “as per the contract signed with Qatar Charity on 01/05/2014” in order to purchase a building in the city of Rotterdam (which became the Centrum De Middenweg).
Qatar Charity has a history of funding Islamic centers and Global Muslim Brotherhood projects around Europe, most of them in Italy and France. QC was also a member of the Cairo-based International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief (IICDR), an umbrella group for 86 Islamic organizations, many of which are associated with the Global Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas fundraising, or support for Al Qaeda. QC was also part of the Union of Good, the coalition of charities raising money for Hamas and led by GMB leader Youssef Qaradawi. The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) reporting on QC included:
- In June 2017, the GMBDW reported that the QC had funded a UK mosque with extensive ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
- In March 2016, the GMBDW reported that a mosque association tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in Belgium had received more than one million euros from QC.
- In June 2015, the GMBDW reported on the establishment of the first Islamic center in Luxembourg financed largely by Qatar Charity.
- In August 2014, the GMVBDW reported that QC had sponsored an Istanbul conference at which GMB leaders announced the launch of a new organization appearing to unify Hamas fundraising and flotilla efforts.
The Global Muslim Brotherhood is a transnational Islamist network covered by the GIOR.