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Friday, August 29, 2003

WOW, from Internet Haganah

I couldn't figure out why I was dragging my feet on posting that the PA had frozen assets of HAMAS funders; guess I was just waiting for the truth to surface. Here it is:
Arafat on the bleeding edge of EU foreign policy
Following the lead of Britain and the US, and beating the EU to it, Arafat has frozen the assets of some charities. Too bad they are the wrong ones.

According to a copy of the order obtained by The Associated Press, the nine charities are:
Al Jamiya Al Islamiya,
the Islamic Young Women's Association,
Al Salah Association,
the Social Care Committee,
the Palestinian Student Friends Association,
the Islamic Charity for Zakat,
Al Mujamma Al Islami,
Al Nour Charity Association and
Al Aqsa Charity Association.

The order to shut down the 39 bank accounts of the nine charities was issued by the Palestinian Monetary Authority on Sunday, but only came to light today when hundreds of Palestinians relying on welfare payments from the charities tried to pick up monthly support cheques at banks in Gaza City.

Of course they are not the charities the Treasury Department has designated as Hamas funders.

"The following charities ... provide support to Hamas and form part of its funding network in Europe:"

1. Commite de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP), of France.
2. The Association de Secours Palestinien (ASP), of Switzerland. (An organization related to CBSP)
3. The Palestinian Relief and Development Fund, or Interpal, headquartered in the United Kingdom.
4. The Palestinian Association in Austria, PVOE.
5. The Sanabil Association for Relief and Development, based in Lebanon.

Do you see any organizations that are in both lists? No?

Perhaps Arafat just needed to do this because the Saudi connection was becoming too obvious, and the story just wouldn't go away.

"Palestinian officials confirmed today that the Palestinian prime minister believes two of the charities — Al Jamiya Al Islamiya and As-Salah — are fronts for Hamas."

Dore Gold's testimony to the US Senate reveals the Saudi connection:
One of the strongest pieces of evidence came from a handwritten letter (captured by Israel out of the Mukata) written in Arabic by the current Palestinian Prime Minister, Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen), on December 30, 2000, to Prince Salman, governor of Riyadh and a full brother of King Fahd. Abbas complained that Saudi donations in the Gaza Strip are going to an organization called al-Jamiya al-Islamiya (the Islamic Society), which Abbas explained "belongs to Hamas." He wanted the funds for Fatah.

Clearly Arafat is pretending to play along, pretending to try to cut off terror funding through charities. Only he sacrifices the charities it suits him to target and at least one that was too closely tied to the Saudis to be of any further use, in an attempt to deflect attention away from the "charity" organizations designated by the Treasury Department as funding Hamas. And if I know his character at all, he chose the charities that pass out the most money to the poorest people, so that there will now be scenes of suffering and despair for the consumption of a sympathetic world. You know, like Saddam gave us vis-a-vis the sanctions that were killing Iraqi kids while he was building new palaces.
This also gives the EU an excuse not to deal with the organizations Bush and Treasury spoke out against. They can just get together on Sept 5 and vow their opposition to the 9 charities identified by the Nobel Prize weiner himself.

Posted by rosh on Thursday, 28 August, 2003 @ 13:15:02
Kol hakavod, Rosh and Internet Haganah!