According to Justice Department U.S. Code Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 113B, Section 2339B:
Whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both, and, if the death of any person results, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
And according to the Justice Department, the term “material support” includes currency.
Question: Are ICNA, ICNA Relief, and Helping Hand guilty of material support to Hamas, a group which is named on the U.S. State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs)? In contemplating the answer to this question, one must consider the following facts:
1. As stated previously, both ICNA and AKF are part of Jamaat-e-Islami. Apart from the geographical distance between the two, one could easily say that the groups are sister organizations.
2. ICNA’s charities were listed as donors to AKF on AKF’s website for nearly an entire year following the money transaction to the head of Hamas.
3. Even after this author has, on many occasions (starting in May 2007), publicized the above information, both ICNA Relief and HH are still involved with AKF, as both groups are listed as “partner” organizations on the official website of AKF’s Al-Khidmat Welfare Society (AKWS). Of the three partner groups listed, the only two logos which are shown are that of ICNA Relief and HH.
4. ICNA has been involved in material support to terrorist-related groups previously, as its Southeast division, shortly before and shortly after the September 11th attacks, asked its website viewers to provide “material support” to organizations connected to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
If the answer to the question concerning material support to Hamas is “yes,” one must then determine whether or not the money being handled was used towards the furtherance of bloodshed. When discussing the subject of Hamas, how can anyone believe otherwise?
ICNA, ICNA Relief, and Helping Hand all reap the benefits that go along with having non-profit 501(c)3 organizations. The thing that may threaten these groups’ existence, though, is their relationship with the financing of terror.
Did the groups know? Did they know where their money was headed prior to or during the money transfer to Hamas? Given all of the facts stated above and more, how did they not know?
It is time the government acted on this information and opened an investigation into ICNA and its connection to terrorist financing. If ICNA or its two “charities” are involved in material support for terrorist groups, they need to be shut down immediately.
Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of CAIR Watch. He has been responsible for the closure of at least one terror-related charity and has convinced a number of government officials to shun the Hamas front group, CAIR. In June 2009, he won a lawsuit brought against him by seven Dallas-area radical Muslim organizations.
Beila Rabinowitz, the Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.