Not so easy to tell who is a “moderate” and who is an “extremist,” is it, Gordon? Now, why is that? More on this story. “Muslim Aid: the Hamas connection,” by Andrew Gilligan in The Telegraph, April 7 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Here is the full text of the article which appeared in The Sunday Telegraph last month, not previously published online:
A CHARITY praised last week by Gordon Brown and the Prince of Wales has channelled hundreds of thousands of pounds to groups linked to Hamas, the banned terrorist organisation, according to security sources.The Prime Minister and the heir to the throne personally praised Muslim Aid, whose own accounts show it has paid at least Â£325,000 to the Islamic University of Gaza, where leading Hamas figures teach, and Â£13,998 to the al-Ihsan Charitable Society, designated by the US government as a “sponsor of terrorism” and a front for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
Security sources also claim that Muslim Aid has helped channel a further Â£210,600 to six other organisations in the Gaza Strip since July 2009, all of which they say are linked to Hamas.
Muslim Aid is banned from the West Bank by the Israeli government, which says it is a member of the Union of Good, an alliance of charities that raise money for Hamas. Hamas is banned throughout the EU as a designated terrorist organisation.
In a video address to Muslim Aid’s 25th anniversary dinner on Wednesday, Mr Brown praised the charity’s “valuable work” and said: “I wish Muslim Aid and its passionate and committed staff and supporters the very best for another 25 years of achievement.” […]
The Prince sent a message saying that “our country is incredibly fortunate to be able to count on organisations like Muslim Aid, who bring not only help, but hope to those most in need”.
Muslim Aid, based at the hardline East London Mosque, has close links to the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), a fundamentalist Muslim group based in the same offices.
Muslim Aid raised more than Â£24 million last year and has been given at least Â£830,000 of public money. It claims to serve humanity “regardless of political affiliation” and only supports lawful organisations.
However, one foreign security source said: “We are opening our eyes on them. In the past they were supporting the outer rim of Hamas societies in Gaza. Now they are supporting the core.”…