Would it surprise you to know that many American foundations and individual donors give money to groups that support terrorism? Some of these funds include GE Foundation, community foundations like the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and independent foundations like George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
It would be a daunting task to track every dollar that is contributed by every foundation, so we will concentrate on seven of them. They are: Islamic Relief Worldwide and its sister organization in the United States — Islamic Relief USA, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and, despite rebounding from highly damaging terrorist allegations in 2008, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Since 2008, these foundations have contributed 5.6 million dollars to these groups. There are 46 corporate foundations, eight community foundations, nine private foundations and one donor-advised fund have given money to these seven groups.
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) supports the establishment of an Islamic caliphate and has ties to a radical Pakistani political group called Jamaat-e-Islami. Al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki spoke at an event for the ICNA in 2002. ICNA members have been involved in terroristic activities in the United States. One woman was arrested in 2015 for allegedly planning a terrorist attack had spoken at multiple ICNA events. Five students who were arrested for terrorist activities in 2009 were all members of an ICNA mosque in Alexandria, Va.
Islamic Relief Worldwide is an Islamic charity that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have both banned for allegedly financing terrorist activities. The organization, which has affiliate organizations around the world including in the U.S., claims an independent audit cleared it of those allegations.
Islamic Relief has previously accepted tens of thousands of dollars from the Charitable Society for Social Welfare, a now-defunct Islamic charity founded by Sheik Abd-al-Majid al-Zindani.
Both the U.S. and the United Nations designated al-Zindani a terrorist in 2004. Federal prosecutors in 2005 described Zindani’s organization as “a front organization” that was “used to support al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden,” The Washington Post reported in 2008.
A spokesperson for GE Foundation told TheDC that it has determined Islamic Relief Worldwide doesn’t meets the corporate charity’s standards, which the spokesperson said includes compliance with IRS designations and the U.S. Patriot Act.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The group, which declined a request for comment, has lobbied Washington to remove two militant groups, Hamas and Hezbollah, from its list of designated terrorist organizations. MPAC’s founder, Salam al-Marayati, once suggested that Israel was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The Muslim American Society (MAS) “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” federal prosecutors said in a 2008 court filing. (RELATED: Keith Ellison Failed To Disclose Group Tied To Muslim Brotherhood Sponsored Mecca Pilgrimage)
In 2009, MAS and ICNA held a convention that, according to the ADL, “served as a forum for religious scholars and political activists to rail against Jews, call for the eradication of the state of Israel and accuse the United States government as waging a war against Muslims at home and abroad.” The group did not return an email seeking comment.
The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) faced damaging accusations of terror ties in 2008 and 2009, although the organization has rebounded to the extent that it is welcomed within the mainstream Left.
CAIR was named an un-indicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has said that CAIR was founded by “leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a Hamas affiliated anti-Semitic propaganda organization.” The ADL has accused CAIR of pushing an “anti-Israel agenda” and of being soft on Islamic terrorism.
A federal judge concluded in 2009 that there is “ample evidence” of ties between three U.S.-based organizations, including CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and radical Islamic groups such as Hamas, which the State Department has designated a terrorist organization.
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George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have combined for more than $2 million in donations to at least one of the seven groups since 2011.
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