IslamismMarch 6 2023, 7:28 am

New York County Lists Influence, Islamist Groups for Earthquake Relief

Fol­low­ing the Feb­ru­ary earth­quakes, which claimed tens of thou­sands of lives in Turkey and Syr­ia, there have been many calls for dona­tions and human­i­tar­i­an aid. Accord­ing to a  CBS News report, Nas­sau Coun­ty of New York has shared a list of “vet­ted agen­cies for mon­e­tary dona­tions,” which includes var­i­ous Turk­ish influ­ence groups and groups tied to the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (GMB):

Many believe that Islamist groups such as the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood or Hezbol­lah gain pop­u­lar sup­port by offer­ing social ser­vices through their vast net­work of char­i­ties, clin­ics, and com­mu­ni­ty cen­ters. This has long been seen as a cru­cial aspect of Islamist out­reach and orga­ni­za­tion, help­ing to estab­lish their rep­u­ta­tion for hon­esty and effec­tive­ness and giv­ing them a polit­i­cal advan­tage while pro­mot­ing the Islamiza­tion of soci­ety. How­ev­er, there are some researchers that chal­lenge some of the com­mon­ly held assump­tions about the nature and impor­tance of these social services.


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