Global Relief Foundation, Holy Land Foundation, and so many others, and now yet another Islamic charity is shut down for funding jihad terrorism. One would think that since this keeps happening, someone would get a clue — this charitable support comes from people who believe that by paying zakat to aid jihad, they are discharging their religious duty. But this aspect of the Islamic charity phenomenon never seems to come into consideration. “US cracks down on Islamic charity,” by Jeannine Aversa for AP, November 12 (thanks to Louis):
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration acted Wednesday against an Islamic charity suspected of helping to bankroll Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that the United States considers an international terrorist organization.
The Treasury Department’s action against the Union of Good means that any bank accounts or other financial assets belonging to the charity found in the United States will be frozen. Americans also are barred from making donations to the group, which the U.S. government alleged was created by leaders of Hamas to transfer money to Hamas….
The department alleged that the Union of Good “acts as a broker for Hamas” by facilitating money transfers among a web of charitable organizations “” some of which the United States has already put on its blacklist of terrorist financiers “” and Hamas-controlled organizations in the West Bank and Gaza.
“Some of the funds transferred by the Union of Good have compensated Hamas terrorists by providing payments to the families of suicide bombers,” Treasury alleged.
The Union of Good facilitates “the transfer of tens of millions of dollars a year to Hamas-managed associations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” the department said.