“Islamic Relief USA (Muslim ‘charity’ that supports Hamas) is hosting a fundraising dinner for aid to Yemen on February 23,” the Middle East Forum reports. “Rep. Ilhan Omar is due to speak alongside senior Islamic Relief USA official Yousef Abdallah, who was widely criticized in 2017 after the Middle East Forum found he had expressed violently anti-Semitic ideas on his social media accounts.”
Islamic Relief has long been accused of funding terror. Both Israel and the United Arab Emirates have designated Islamic Relief as a terror-financing organization. In 2005, Russian authorities accused Islamic Relief of supporting terrorism in Chechnya. And in 2012, the Swiss banking giant UBS closed down Islamic Relief’s accounts and “blocked donations coming from its customers to the charity,” reportedly over terror financing fears. Four years later, HSBC did the same.
Despite receiving over $80 million from western taxpayers over the last ten years — including over $700,000 from the U.S. government — Islamic Relief is a prominent Islamic extremist institution, closely tied to Muslim Brotherhood networks, with branches in over 20 countries.
This report examines Islamic Relief’s extremist links – including its key branches, its links to dangerous Islamic terrorist movements, its connections to the terrorist group Hamas, its officials’ extremism and its promotion of extremist preachers who incite hatred against both moderate Muslims and non-Muslims. Read the full report
MIDDLE EAST FORUM Facing accusations of anti-Semitism even from fellow Democrats, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is due to speak this month at a fundraising event alongside a senior charity official who has published social media posts praising the killing of Jews.
Islamic Relief USA is hosting a fundraising dinner for aid to Yemen on February 23. Rep. Ilhan Omar is due to speak alongside senior Islamic Relief USA official Yousef Abdallah, who was widely criticized in 2017 after the Middle East Forum found he had expressed violently anti-Semitic ideas on his social media accounts.
Abdallah, who serves as Islamic Relief USA’s “operations manager,” shared a “very beautiful” modernized version of a Palestinian folk story about a ‘resistance hero’ named Zharif al-Tawl, who took revenge against Jewish “gangs” – which had purportedly attacked a Palestinian village – by providing guns to “kill more than 20 jews” and “fire rockets at Tel Aviv.”
Other posts referred to Jews as “stinking,” and claim “the Jews put the outside wall of Al Aqsa [the mosque in Jerusalem] on fire.” Abdallah also ‘liked’ a comment on his Facebook post that calls on God to wreak “revenge on the damned rapists Zionists. O God they are no challenge for you . Shake the Earth beneath their feet and destroy them as you destroyed the peoples of ʿĀd, Thamud and Lot.”
Islamic Relief USA has previously defended its senior officials’ anti-Semitism, claiming that their comments had been mistranslated. However, Islamic Relief USA refused to provide alternative translations, and refused to comment on the fact that some of the anti-Semitism was expressed plainly in English.
Founded in 1984, the Islamic Relief franchise is managed by Islamic Relief Worldwide, its headquarters in the U.K. Today, Islamic Relief is one of the largest Islamic charities in the world, but the franchise is increasingly facing questions from governments across the globe abouts its connections to extremism and terror.
Over the last few years: the United Arab Emirates designated its headquarters as a terrorist organization; UBS and HSBC shut down its bank accounts; the Bangladeshi government banned it from working directly with Rohingya refugees over reported fears about radicalization; Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors opened an investigation into Islamic Relief Germany’s use of taxpayer funds; a Swedish government report named it as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood; the U.K. Charity Commission started investigating its involvement with an extremist preacher who advocated the death penalty for homosexuals; the Tunisian government is reported to have investigated allegations that Islamic Relief was funding jihadists on the Libyan border; and Members of the U.S. Congress have launched an inquiry into a reported FBI and IRS investigation of Islamic Relief’s activities.