Archive | September 2013

BIZPAC Review: Muslim Headwear Double Standard in U.K.

… brings up the image of the Airplane movies – old lady stopped at security and searched while people with machine guns and rocket launchers walk by, setting off the security alarm.

Bizpac Review reported on a U.K.  story  regarding a college student refusing to remove her hat inside a university building.  Her reasoning: Muslim women are not required to remove their head coverings.

Student refuses to remove cap until Muslim women remove headgear

From Bizpac Review
By Michael Dorstewitz September 26, 2013

A student has been creating a hubbub at England’s Bromley College for the past year because of her refusal to doff her cap when inside the facility until Muslim women remove their own headgear.

Caroline Powell, 39, attends Greenwich University, which shares some of the facilities in Bromley College, according to Young Conservatives.

Powell said she won’t bow down to the “double standards” of being forced to remove her cap while Muslim women are allowed to wear headdresses.

“It started in September last year when I got stopped at the door by a woman and she said ‘you need to take your cap off,’ she told News Shopper, according to Young Conservatives “It is a small black leather cap but it’s part of my identity. She said ‘you need to take it off, they are the rules.’ A Muslim woman walked in behind me and I asked if she was going to ask her to take off her headdress.”

The Bromley official told Powell her cap has to be be removed for security reasons.

Full Story: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/09/26/student-refuses-to-remove-cap-until-muslim-women-remove-headgear-84140

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  The college advises that the removal of headgear is a security measure.  Her being stopped at the door for her hat, while Muslim women with head covering walk by, brings up the image of the Airplane movies – old lady stopped at security and searched while people with machine guns and rocket launchers walk by, setting off the security alarm.

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CAIR-FL Victory: bus ad reversal – appeasement

The Tampa Bay Times reports:

Reversing course, Hillsborough County’s transit agency will allow the Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations to advertise on its buses.

The unanimous vote by members of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) board of directors is a sharp turn from where members were in August, when eight of the 10 present rejected the advertisement on county buses, citing promotion of religion as a concern.

CAIR Florida appealed the original ban claiming the proposed ads were, “aimed at challenging stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and defending civil liberties.”

cair-adAs noted, the original ruling rejecting the ads was based on the promotion of religion.  CAIR claims the ads simply promote diversity and are not religious based.

CAIR first attempted to obtain HART ad space in April 2013 as part of the #MyJihad campaign being pushed in a number of cities and municipalities.  HART rejected those ads because they violated its policy prohibiting ads that “primarily promote a religious faith or religious organization.”

In regards to the August 5th denial, Tampa Bay times noted:  

Given how the ad has evolved, board member Wallace Bowers said he believes CAIR’s religious intent is clear and it is now seeking to circumvent HART rules. Member Mark Sharpe, who serves on the County Commission, agreed.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner had voted in support of the recent CAIR ads.  Beckner thought the rejection had more to do with the organization behind the ad.

“What happened on Aug. 5 was a great injustice … ,” Beckner said at the meeting. “It’s pure and outright hatred and discrimination and now this board has an opportunity to right that injustice. We can talk about what the policy looks like in the future, but the right thing today is to approve this ad.”

As pointed out by other commission members, CAIR is clearly religious based – so the rejection was certainly about the organization.  The terms “Islam” and “Muslim” are not secular.  Here are just a few statements from the  national CAIR website:

  • CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
  • CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group …
  • Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America.
  • CAIR’s Governmental Affairs Department conducts and organizes lobbying efforts on issues related to Islam and Muslims.
  • CAIR’s Communications Department works in conjunction with local and national media to ensure an accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims is presented to the American public.
  • CAIR offers a variety of publications that address the needs and rights of American Muslims.

CAIR Florida even states its county bus ad campaign, based on the group’s establishment in 2000, is to challenge stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and defend civil liberties. 

Hypothetical example to consider:  the Conference of Catholic Bishops requests to place an ad with HART.  The ad shows 2 Catholic priests, 2 Catholic nuns and 3 people in nondescript street clothes.   The purpose of the ad is to challenge the stereotypes of Catholics.  Would such an ad be approved?

There is simply no rational way to put CAIR’s activities and promotional ads under a secular label and the original board vote reflected this.

While not indicated in the articles, HART most likely has some prohibition in accepting advertising from groups that support violence/terrorist activities.  Considering CAIR’s documented ties to terrorist funding and associated activities, one would think any “no” vote based on this factor alone would be a rational one. 

Beckner apparently chooses to ignore CAIR’s documented history and religious focus.  They have apparently have found an ally with Beckner. His claims of “outright hatred and discrimination” and “righting injustice” fall in line with the typical victimization image that CAIR attempts to portray.  As shown in HART’s policy reversal, it’s proven to be an effective intimidation tactic. 

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS: HART board members have apparently found that appeasement is preferable over being subject to a CAIR smear campaign and being labelled an “islamophobe“.

CNN: 3 alleged Kenya attackers from USA…

Three of the alleged attackers are from the United States, two are from Somalia and there is one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom, according to the list.

Kenya mall attack: Military says most hostages freed, death toll at 68

By Faith Karimi, Steve Almasy and Lillian Leposo, CNN
updated 8:20 PM EDT, Sun September 22, 2013

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — Authorities in Kenya appeared close to ending a deadly siege early Monday at an upscale Nairobi mall, where attackers have killed at least 68 people, injured 175, and were believed to be holding about 30 people hostage.

“All efforts are underway to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion,” the Kenyan military announced on Twitter.

It said that “most of the hostages have been rescued and security forces have taken control of most parts of the building.”

Earlier, police had tweeted that a “MAJOR assault” by security forces was ongoing.

The developments come some two days after Al-Shabaab militants first stormed the shopping center, spraying bullets and unleashing chaos.

There are believed to be between 10-15 gunmen involved in the attack, officials said.

Sources within Al-Shabaab told CNN that nine names listed on a Twitter site — now suspended — were people who were among the alleged hostage-takers.

Three of the alleged attackers are from the United States, two are from Somalia and there is one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom, according to the list.

Full Story: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/22/world/africa/kenya-mall-attack/index.html

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS: An ABC news report advises that the group claiming responsibility for the Kenya attack has recruited Americans in the past.  The report states:

U.S. officials estimate that as many as 50 Americans have traveled to training camps in Somalia, the home of the al Qaeda-linked terror group al-Shabaab, over the last six years.

We’ve highlighted past news reports of European and American Islamists traveling to Somalia and Syria to fight.  It’s really not much of a stretch to consider they may bring the fight back to the U.S.  when they return.

Keep in mind that as the story continues to be reported, it is most likely that the original report that the attackers were aiming for non-Muslims will become buried.

Fact Check a Fact Check: Rep. Bachmann and Muslim Brotherhood

On September 11th, 2013, the Tampa Bay Times ran a www.politifact.com item written by Julie Kliegman, regarding a speech made by  U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

Rep Bachmann was addressing the Egyptian people while on an eight-member House delegation to Egypt. Ms. Kliegman’s “fact checking” focused on Rep. Bachmann’s references to threats posed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We’ve seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world,” she said Saturday. “We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten. We know that you have dealt with that enemy as well.”

Was Bachmann blaming the Muslim Brotherhood for the 9/11 attacks? Or, was she making a more general statement that both Egypt and the United States should fight extremists?

Dan Kotman, Bachmann’s press secretary, told PolitiFact in an email that her comments were not meant to imply that the Muslim Brotherhood caused 9/11. Her main point was that the United States and Egypt need to maintain their resolve against terrorism in general, Kotman said.

Bachmann’s comments struck us as open to interpretation, so we won’t rate them on our Truth-O-Meter. Nevertheless, we thought it was worth taking a closer look at the Brotherhood, al-Qaida and misconceptions about the attacks.

Ms. Kliegman provides a brief historical background on the Muslim Brotherhood and reports:

In recent memory the Brotherhood has not supported violence as a means of changing political processes in Egypt, wrote Dave Siegel, Duke University political science professor, in an email.

This is rather disingenuous and leaves the reader with an impression that the group has rejected violence in general.   The process leading to Morsi’s election was largely reported by western media as non-violent, but the social change sought by the Muslim Brotherhood has been quite the opposite.  It’s leaders have supported violence against Egypt’s Christians as well as attacks on the U.S. Embassy in September of 2012.

About 10 days prior to the referenced email from Siegel, Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi called the ousting of President Morsi a conspiracy and directed Egyptian men and women to rebel against the current government.

According to The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch : Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. He is also considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations.  In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to head he Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide.

Ms. Kliegman’s article then moves to address Rep. Bachmann’s references to the attacks of 9/11/2001.  She cites a telephone interview she has with James Gelvin, a Middle Eastern history professor at UCLA:

While the Muslim Brotherhood focuses on politics within countries like Egypt, al-Qaida seeks to liberate the Middle East from imperialist rule, which they think was implemented to keep the Muslim world divided and weak.

To paint the Muslim Brotherhood as simply a political group, with no ties to terrorism is naive at best.  Since 1997, Hamas has been a U.S. designated terrorist organization and openly identifies itself as a Muslim Brotherhood group in its charter.   In the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development trial/investigation, Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the U.S. were identified as providing funds to Hamas.  An informative and well documented article highlighting how charity groups fund terror can be found at UK Funds Terror Connections: Islamic Relief Worldwide.  References  to Muslim Brotherhood groups/connections are numerous.

Regarding the 9/11 Commission report, Ms. Kliegman writes:

The commission frequently referred to al-Qaida in explaining its makeup and recommending future action. By contrast, there are only five references to the Muslim Brotherhood in the 585-page document.

In a report regarding the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, being associated and having multiple mentions is not something that should be considered insignificant.

Ms. Kliegman’s fact checking concludes with a section in bold of No link and implies that since the Muslim Brotherhood denounces violence it would be at odds with al Qaeda.  She relies on another telephone interview with Tony Gaskew, University of Pittsburgh criminal justice professor:

“It is impossible to be socially active in the Middle East and not have come into contact with the tenants of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said. “They are extremely active in creating and sustaining social services, educational services, employment programs and health care programs.”

This is exactly how  al Qaeda obtains significant funding under the guise of charity work.  In an evidentary proffer submitted in  the case of U.S. vs. Emann M. Arnaout:

In or about 1993, Bin Laden advised an al Qaeda member that al Qaeda was using several charities to fund its operations overseas, including al Birr. The al Qaeda member understood from conversations with Bin Laden and others in al Qaeda that the charities would receive funds that could be withdrawn in cash and a portion of the money used for legitimate relief purposes and another portion diverted for al Qaeda operations. The money for al Qaeda operations would nevertheless be listed in the charities’ books as expenses for building mosques or schools or feeding the poor or the needy.

Ms. Kliegman’s academic contacts further state:

  • Many people leave the Muslim Brotherhood due to the social movement’s opposition to violence, Gaskew said. They have repeatedly denounced violence, Gaskew said.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida aren’t on good terms with each other, Siegel said.
  • “(The Muslim Brotherhood’s) methods — focused more on the political process than pure violence — have actually been explicitly criticized by Bin Laden, who accused it of betraying the cause,” Siegel wrote in an email. “It is certainly not responsible for 9/11.”

The U.S. Treasury department identified the Benevolence International Fund (BIF) and  Global Relief Foundation (GRF), both Muslim Brotherhood entities, as Funneling Dollars to Al Qaida.

The global funding aspect brings to light a very important fact that Ms. Kliegman has apparently missed in her analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood – it is a global organization.    It operates through a seemingly myriad of front groups in supporting terror to achieve an Islamist agenda.  It’s goals, operations and main interests are not defined by sovereign borders.

This is the threat that Rep. Bachmann is addressing, “We’ve seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world,”

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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:  Ms. Kliegman relying heavily on the opinions of several academics versus documented facts provides a rather weak evaluation of Rep. Bachmann’s comments.  Even more so when their opinions do not even reflect the documented history of the Muslim Brotherhood.   

An excellent reference in regards to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global operations/activity can be found at The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch.  In regards to Muslim Brotherhood’s operation though front groups in the U.S., one of the best reference papers to date is the Hudson Institutes: Muslim Brotherhood in America.

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BREAKING NEWS: CAIR report detailing U.S. ‘Islamophobia Network’

On Tuesday, September 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a press conference to release the report, “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States 2011-2012.”

According to the September 13, 2013 PRNewswire-USNewswire press release:

The 158-page report by CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, includes the following:

* A listing of the organizations involved in the U.S. Islamophobia network, separated into an “inner core” that focuses exclusively on promoting anti-Islam prejudice and an “outer core” that has other elements to its work. 

* An examination of the total revenue available to inner core Islamophobic groups during 2008-2011.

* A rating of the state of Islamophobia in America based on a survey conducted with subject matter experts.

* A review of the pervasiveness of anti-Islam legislation in state legislatures.

* A listing of known anti-Muslim law enforcement and military trainers derived from a number of critical exposés.

* The addition of names to CAIR’s lists of the “best,” those who are working against Islamophobia and the “worst,” those who promoted anti-Islam bias in 2011-2012.

The report’s cover is currently available here: http://www.cair.com/legislatingfear2013.html

This is CAIR’s second report on Islamophobia in the United States. The first report, “Same Hate, New Target,” was published in 2010:
http://www.cair.com/images/pdf/2010-Islamophobia-Report.pdf

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COMMENTS/ANALYSIS: It should be noted that the term “Islamophobia”  was most likely invented/conceived by a Muslim Brotherhood front group – the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT).

The term’s origin is  frequently linked to a 1997 report by the British Runnymede Trust . The group publishing the report included:

Professor Akbar Ahmed – globalmbwatch.com identified Ahmed as having a long association with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

Zaki Badawi  – now deceased.  His West London-based Muslim College frequently hosted IIIT events/speakers.  He was the  former Imam of Regent Park Mosque (UK)

As explained in an article at  www.discoverthehnetworks.org:

In short, in its very origins, “Islamophobia” was a term designed as a weapon to advance a totalitarian cause by stigmatizing critics and silencing them.

the article further states:

Although the term was coined in the early 1990s, “Islamophobia” did not become the focus of an active Brotherhood campaign until after 9/11. Since that time, Islamist lobby organizations (including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR) and Muslim civil-rights activists have regularly accused the American people, American institutions, law-enforcement authorities, and the U.S. government of harboring a deep and potentially violent prejudice against Muslims. The accusers charge that as a result of this “Islamophobia,” Muslims are disproportionately targeted by perpetrators of hate crimes and acts of discrimination.

The full referenced article, “POLITICS OF “ISLAMOPHOBIA” can be found at:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=777

Money Jihad: Terror operatives afoot in Venezuela

COMMENT: Security concerns over the soft underbelly of the United States have been around since the late 1970s. This report from Money Jihad indicates they are still present and a major threat.

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Roger Noriega, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States, has presented chilling congressional testimony on the role of Venezuela in sponsoring Hezbollah in Latin America.  Roll tape:

The testimony before the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence took place in July, which snuck by us until now (h/t Eju! TV) Here are some additional key excerpts from Amb. Noriega’s written testimony:

  • Hezbollah and the Quds Force “cooperate to carry out fundraising, money-laundering schemes, narcotics smuggling, proselytization, recruitment, and training. We can identify more than 80 operatives in at least 12 countries throughout the region…”
  • Hezbollah is “is raising funds through various criminal and commercial operations, recruiting converts from among disaffected youth and others, and developing its operational capabilities in our own Hemisphere.”
  • “Hezbollah’s presence in Latin America is growing significantly with the support of the Chávez regime in Venezuela. Chávez, who has a track record of…

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Islamist doublespeak vs. democracy

“At root they have an agenda which is profoundly anti-democratic. Because their politics are based on religious principles, the views of people of other faiths and sects are rejected, including the views of those who believe in the separation of politics and religion.”
– Letters, Gulf Daily News – Bahrain

The West is sadly mistaken if it believes supporting the Muslim Brotherhood (i.e. in Syria)  will result in a government that embraces democratic principles.

The following highlights how Islamists use the democratic system to gain power, only to dismiss it in order to achieve their real agenda.  This has been demonstrated in Tunisia and Egypt. 

 When ‘democracy’ can mean ‘Islamic republic’

From: Letters to Gulf Daily News – Bahrain, September 13, 2013

Time and again, we find Islamist movements across the Middle East hiding their real agendas in order to gain or hold onto power.

In Tunisia and Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood’s English-speaking spokesmen always go out of their way to play down any kind of intolerant social agenda for disempowering women, marginalising non-Muslim minorities and Islamicising society. However, we frequently come across them saying precisely the opposite in Arabic to their grassroots supporters.

In Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood leaders have again and again stressed to the Western media the peaceful nature of their protests. For example, senior Brotherhood leader Mohammed Al Beltagi wrote in The Guardian newspaper: “We believe that our peacefulness is a more powerful weapon than all the killing machines employed by the army or the police”.

At the same time Al Beltagi was urging crowds to follow the example of Algerian Islamists who “offered a million martyrs”.

“You will sacrifice your soul to defend [deposed president] Mohammed Mursi’s legitimacy,” he instructed them.

A succession of speakers told Muslim Brotherhood supporters that those opposing Mursi should be “crushed” and Islamist cleric Safwat Al Hijazi declared on Al Arabiya TV that “I will spray blood upon those who spray water at Mursi”.

We have seen a similar trend among Islamist protesters in Bahrain, where English language spokespersons have always emphasised peaceful protest, democracy and human rights.

Meanwhile, leaders of the protest movement have stirred up their Arabic-speaking supporters by encouraging them to riot, burn tyres, block roads and attack the police. The “Declaration of an Islamic Republic of Bahrain” from February 2011 by leaders of the protest movement like Hassan Mushaima was never translated into English.

On one occasion, Ayatollah Shaikh Isa Qassim urged thousands of followers to “crush” the police – a somewhat different approach to what the opposition has taken when talking to the New York Times and the British Broadcasting Corporation!

Attitudes of these Islamist movements towards the US and the West have also been interesting. On one level, these movements know they need to engage America and European nations, so they have gone out of their way to sound moderate and conciliatory. Yet, at the same time these movements have a long history of opposing US policies – resulting in some very mixed messages.

When there were protests against US embassies across the region in 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat Al Shatir tweeted to the US Embassy that he was “relieved none of @USembassycairo staff was hurt”. The US Embassy responded: “Thanks. By the way, have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too” – in reference to copious Brotherhood tweets inciting protests against the same embassy!

Full letter: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=360952

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COMMENTS/ANALYSIS:  The use of the democratic process, only to dismantle it after achieving power, is simply a tactic of destroying/conquering from within.  America should take note – similar tactics are being implemented in western nations.

Muslim Students Assoc at LSU — connecting the dots on the Gulf Coast

Christopher Holton, in Louisiana’s  TheHayride.com, reported on a recent LSU Reveille news item about  LSU’s Muslim Student Association (MSA)’s  efforts to be more visible and reach out to the community.

LSU’s Reveille item comes across innocent enough, presenting an image of a friendly social group looking to serve the campus community.

Holton presents a very different perspective …

This seemingly benign announcement is something worth taking a closer look at, mainly because there are actually significant misconceptions about the Muslim Student Association in the Reveille article.

As we will show in this article, the MSA is an organization about which much is known. It is an organization with a past and it is an organization that has had some rather “interesting” leaders and members over the years. All of this means that the presence of the MSA at LSU should be of concern to students, faculty, the administration and state and local law enforcement officials.

Holton then provides an excellent short history of the MSA’s establishment in America, highlighting it’s initial funding from Saudi Arabia in a 2008 NY Times article and MSA’s ties to the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY).

Of significant note are the number of MSA members and leaders that have been linked to jihadist and terror related activities.  Holton provides a list of members that include:

Abdurahman Alamoudi, MSA national president in 1982 and 1983 – currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for his extensive international terrorist activities, which included fundraising for al Qaeda.
Anwar Al-Awlaki, president of the Colorado State University MSA in the early 1990s, and chaplain of the George Washington University MSA in 2001 – delivered sermons that were attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers and by Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan. In 2002 Alwaki fled the U.S. for Yemen, where he developed ties to al Qaeda and reportedly played a role in the Fort Hood massacre of 2009, the failed Christmas Day underwear-bomber plot of 2009, and the attempted Times Square bombing of 2010.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – member of the MSA chapter at North Carolina A&T in 1986.  Mastermind the September 11th terrorist attacks as the number 3 man in Al Qaeda.
Carlos Bledsoe, aka Abdulhakim Mujahid – member of the MSA as a student at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.  Bledsoe went on to receive terrorist training at a jihadist training camp in Yemen and returned to the US and murdered US Army Private Andy Long outside a Little Rock, Arkansas recruiting office on June 1, 2009

The article concludes with an interview of former FBI agent John Guandolo regarding the MSA, the Muslim Brotherhood and the jihadi threat in America.
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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Past MSA activities have been highlighted here that have included the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association, MSA UMass Dartmouth and Tampa’s OakTree Institute.  One would be hard pressed to name another student group  with so many links to terrorism by it’s alumni.

Special thanks to the counterjihadreport.com for bringing this article to our attention.

Helping Hand honored despite close ties to a Hamas-funding Pakistani charity

An interesting article related to this can be found on Front Page magazine:
Can Buying Food Contribute to Terrorism?,
March 26, 2013 By Joe Kaufman
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/joe-kaufman/can-buying-food-contribute-to-terrorism/

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Charity Navigator, a leading evaluator of nonprofit groups in the U.S., has published 15 different “top 10” lists to help donors assess charities.  Among those lists is a list of 10 charities with low overhead costs that rely on private donations.  Helping Hand for Relief and Development, a Michigan-based Islamic charity, ranks seventh on that list.

Charity Navigator does not appear to have factored in Helping Hand’s ongoing cooperation (see here and here) with the Al-Khidmat Foundation, a Pakistani charity which gave a 6 million rupee check to Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in 2006.

The Pakistani tie-in is even more alarming considering that the auditing firm that prepared Helping Hand’s financial statement for 2011, the most recent year available, divulged that “We did not audit the financial statements of the Organization’s operations in Pakistan which reflect total assets and revenues constituting 55 percent and 60 percent, respectively, of the…

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