Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom attended a Muslim charity’s anniversary dinner and praised it, but security sources say is financing the Hamas terrorist group, The Telegraph reports.
The report says that the charity, Muslim Aid, has funneled thousands of dollars to the Islamic University of Gaza, which is run by Hamas operatives, and the al-Ihsan Charitable Society which is listed as by the U.S. government as a front for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Six other Hamas fronts received funding from Muslim Aid since last summer.
“I wish Muslim Aid and its passionate and committed staff and supporters the very best for another 25 years of achievement,” Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.
Israel has outlawed Muslim Aid from operating in the West Bank because of its membership in the Union of Good, which it says acts as a fundraiser for Hamas. The president of the Union is Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, an anti-Semitic theologian that is an influential Muslim Brotherhood leader.
Despite these ties, the British Prime Minister attended the group’s event and Muslim Aid has received at least £830,000, which is nearly $1,275,000.
Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, its parent organization, are known to have a powerful presence in the West, especially in the United Kingdom. A report released on February 21 by the Israel-based Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center says that Hamas has successfully made the country “a center for extensive anti-Israel activity” and has “infiltrate[d] British politics, media and universities.”