German media is reporting that the German government has stopped funding for Islamic Relief Germany likely 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]
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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.