Obama Administration Awards $270K to Terror-Linked Islamic Charity
Islamic Relief USA (IR-USA)is the largest U.S. Muslim charity and is an affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), the largest international Islamic charity in the world. Based in Birmingham, England, IRW has a $240 million operating budget, nearly 300 employees, chapters in more than 12 countries and operations in over 30 countries. Islamic Relief says it "aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects allowing communities to better help themselves.”
The organization's relief efforts in the USA and throughout the world have been linked to terrorism finance which has led some government to outlaw its activities.
IRW reportedly has a long history of working with Hamas-affiliated entities and then claiming ignorance afterward. RadialIslam.org documented IR-USA’s ties to Hamas in an expose about the organization's CEO, an Islamist who became a USAID advisor to the Obama State Department. According to Clarion Project (a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamist extremism), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) partners with a Hamas affiliate in Turkey named the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH).
Israel, Germany and the Netherlands have branded IHH as a terrorist entity. The U.S. has not formally done so, but a bipartisan group of 87 members of Congress including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have requested its designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department.
One appears to have been arrested in Egypt in 2009 and another has even defended Hamas as “freedom fighters.”
In 2013, an Egyptian newspaper published a list of 30 alleged Muslim Brotherhood operatives in the U.S. that included five current or former senior IR-USA leaders.
In August of 2014, an IR-USA official was elected by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to be its new president. ISNA is a Muslim civic group which was an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful trial against the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) for financing Hamas.
Azeez’s election to such a high-profile position is somewhat surprising given the steady decline in IR-USA’s credibility and reputation over the last several years. IR-USA’s budget tumbled after the charity was revealed to have falsely inflated the value of its drug stockpiles, which represented a significant share of their total assets. IR-USA’s international affiliate—Islamic Relief Worldwide—has been banned by Israel and designated as a terrorist entity by the United Arab Emirates within the past several months. [Late 2014.]
HSBC Bank, headquartered in London, and one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world, ended its banking relationship with IRW back in January -- reportedly over fears of terror funding.