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Further evidence emerges of Qatari charities supporting violent extremism

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More details have emerged on Qatar’s ties with terrorism and the role played by its charities in spreading extremist ideology, in an article published by the American Center for Democracy on Tuesday.

The article listed three examples related to Qatar Charity’s (QC) activities in the Middle East, North Africa and even North America.

The report said: “QC was ranked first by the United Nations for its relief efforts in the Syrian, Palestinian, and Somali crises. Of course, there was no mention of Qatar’s involvement in the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime in Libya.”

It added: “That was followed by $550,000 to aid Libyan refugees. However, a map provided by the QC itself that enumerates its historic activity around the world shows no activity at all in Libya.”

And the QC statement that “Since the start of the Syrian war more than six years ago, Qatar Charity has helped about eight million Syrians,” was never substantiated, according to the article.

It questioned a statement made by a spokesman for UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres’s over the terror blacklist list issued by the quartet (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt) which includes Qatari entities and personalities.

The article said that Guterres’s statement was rewarded by Qatar in August 2017 with a $8.5m donation to the UN “to finance aid workers on the ground in Syria.”

It added: “It was the sort of donation — supposedly with no strings attached — that the UN loves and nations use to burnish a tarnished reputation.”

Meanwhile in Canada, the EID Charity has been known for its involvement in teaching and training imams and preachers, the article said.

It cited a Canada Revenue Agency audit (Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2013) of the Islamic Society of British Columbia alleged the charity was “controlled or influenced” by the Qatari EID Foundation that is accused of supporting terrorism.

The Islamic Society operates the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.

“The organization’s connection to and possible control by the Eid Foundation is particularly concerning given that publicly available information… indicates that the Eid Foundation is alleged to have provided support to terrorism,” the CRA Charities Directorate wrote, according to a Global News report.

“Our research indicates that the Eid Foundation is a member organization in the Union of Good, a global coalition of Islamic charities operated by Hamas, a listed terrorist entity in Canada.”

In 2011, Eid Charity donated 385,000 QAR (about $1.4 million) for purchasing Mississauga-based Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Center and Safa and Marwa Islamic School.

Five years later, in January 2016, it was Ibrahim Hindy, the imam of Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre, known for publicly expressing support of all Mujahideen to advance jihad everywhere, who went to Qatar on a fundraising mission.

Later that year he hosted Sheikh Nash’at Ahmad, an Egyptian Salafist preacher, who was arrested in Egypt for urging support of Mujahedeen carrying out global jihad and has also justified the 9/11 attacks.