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Germany Cuts Funding for Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Charity

December 10th, 2020 16:41

Ger­man media is report­ing that the Ger­man gov­ern­ment has stopped fund­ing for Islam­ic Relief Ger­many as a result of its ties to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. Accord­ing to an RTL article:

The orga­ni­za­tion Islam­ic Relief Ger­many (IRD), a long­stand­ing part­ner of Ger­man human­i­tar­i­an aid, is con­cerned about its rep­u­ta­tion. After extreme state­ments by some board mem­bers, the Ger­man asso­ci­a­tion has par­tial­ly replaced its top man­age­ment. Accord­ing to its own state­ments, it is also inter­est­ed in refut­ing the alle­ga­tion of belong­ing to the net­works of the extrem­ist Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. How­ev­er, this reform process has not yet con­vinced the domes­tic intel­li­gence agency. For this rea­son, the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment is not expect­ed to sup­port new projects of the orga­ni­za­tion, as is evi­dent from a response from the Inte­ri­or Min­istry to a request from the FDP par­lia­men­tary group. The alliance “Aktion Deutsch­land Hil­ft” sus­pend­ed IRD mem­ber­ship until the end of 2021. A min­istry spokesman told the Ger­man Press Agency that to the knowl­edge of the Inte­ri­or Min­istry, both Islam­ic Relief World­wide in Birm­ing­ham, UK and the asso­ci­a­tion Islam­ic Relief Ger­many (IRD) “have sig­nif­i­cant per­son­al con­nec­tions to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood or relat­ed organizations”.

[Trans­lat­ed with Google Trans­late with minor edits]

Read the rest here.

Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ing on Islam­ic Relief’s ties to the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood have included:

  • 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.
  • In Octo­ber 2020, the GIOR report­ed that Islam­ic Relief USA spon­sored a vir­tu­al inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence attend­ed by dozens of orga­ni­za­tions asso­ci­at­ed with the Glob­al Mus­lim Brotherhood.

Islam­ic Relief Ger­many is the Ger­man branch of Islam­ic Relief World­wide, 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 trustees Lamia El-Amri is a for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Forum of Mus­lim Women, part of the Coun­cil of Euro­pean Muslims.