Sam Westrop, director of the Islamist Watch project and principal author of the report on Islamic Relief, notes: “Moderate Muslims have long warned that Islamic Relief is dangerous. Public officials must stop funneling monies to this group. Plenty of Muslim charities do good works; they deserve taxpayer support. A new Middle East Forum report uncovers the extremism and terror connections of the largest Islamic charity in the western world: Islamic Relief.”
The Middle East Forum has informed its supporters and readers that President Barack Obama’s White House and the State Department’s money-faucet approved a $200,000 grant of taxpayers’ cash to a known al-Qaeda affiliate operating in Sudan. The money transfer occurred about 10-years after the U.S. Treasury designated the group as a terrorist-financing organization.
But it was a shock for those involved in the military, intelligence and law enforcement to learn that Obama officials specifically gave the go-ahead to release at least about half of the $200,000.00 promised even after discovering that Islamic Relief was designated a terrorist organization.
Despite receiving upwards of $80 million from American and European taxpayers during the last ten years — including close to $1,000,000.00 from the U.S. government — Islamic Relief in the Middle East, Africa, the Philippines and other locations is a known Islamist institution. It maintains close relationships to Muslim Brotherhood networks, and boasts branches in over 20 countries.
Of course, the Obama White House denied funding a group on the U.S. terrorism lists, but law enforcement sources who regularly read Middle East Forum reports believe — through their police and law enforcement colleagues and sources — that two or three of Obama’s closest staff were aware of the cash being forked-over to groups such as Islamic Relief.
The scuttlebutt among a number of law enforcement and intelligence veterans is that there were at least three Obama staffers being generous with other people’s money: Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the Assistant National Security Adviser John Brennan, and Barack Obama’s closest friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett. Brennan is a known convert to Islam since his days as CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia and he’s always shown a great deal of sympathy to Islamic terrorists.
Meanwhile, Valeria Jarrett was born and raised in Iran, but she has never been questioned about her true beliefs regarding Islamic groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood and many others. When Brennan was nominated to become the director of the CIA, no one on either side of the aisle in the U.S. Senate even once mentioned his conversion to Islam or his membership in the Communist Party of the United States.
“Brennan has as much love for the United States as another ‘Deep Stater,’ George Soros. The fact that Brennan was even nominated for the CIA directorship shows how disrespectful the Democrats and Obama were to the Intelligence community,” noted Michael Baker, a political strategist and somewhat of an expert in radical Islam.
The MEF report, Islamic Relief: Charity, Extremism and Terror, confirms its ties to extremism in the West and to terrorism-linked groups in the Middle East. The report details that:
- Islamic Relief branches work closely with violent Islamist organizations in the Middle East. In Gaza, it donates large sums to the Gaza Zakat Committee, an organization operating under Hamas control. In Yemen, it takes money from the Charitable Society for Social Welfare, founded by Al-Qaeda leader Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani
- Many Islamic Relief branches are run by officials from hardline Islamist networks.
- Islamic Relief is the principal financial institution of the Muslim Brotherhood.
- Egyptian prosecutors accused Islamic Relief co-founder Essam El-Haddad of “financing terrorism by using global charities such as Islamic Relief.”
- Islamic Relief USA Chairman Khaled Lamada praised jihad by the Mujahidin of Egypt for “causing the Jews many defeats.”
- Yousef Abdallah, a senior Islamic Relief official, has referred to Jews as “stinking” and has promoted stories glorifying the murder of Jews.
- Islamic Relief events have hosted such speakers as Abdullah Hakim Quick, who claims that the Islamic position on homosexuality is “death”; Haitham Al-Haddad, who describes Jews as “pigs and apes”; and Abdul Nasir Jangda, who defends sex slavery and advocates killing apostates.
U.S. officials are already looking into Islamic Relief’s links to extremism and terror. The Office for Personal Management responded in January 2018 to a Freedom of Information Act for documents mentioning Islamic Relief with the statement that it is “withholding the records … as they were compiled for law enforcement purposes and their disclosure could reasonably be expected to interfere with ongoing enforcement proceedings.”