Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Is Islamic Relief Canada Funding Hamas?

It's a question I asked and now it appears someone else has, too.


Unknown said...

Islamic Relief Worldwide categorically denies any links with Hamas.

Islamic Relief Worldwide is one of the world’s most respected relief and development organisations. It receives support from various UN agencies including UNICEF, WFP, FAO, UNDP and UNHCR and other institutional donors such as the European Commission Humanitarian Office and numerous government aid donors.

Islamic Relief Worldwide’s aid programme in the Palestinian territories is one of the biggest apart from those of UN agencies. This ban, if confirmed, will have a significant impact on the life and well-being of those most in need not only in the West Bank but also in Gaza. We intend to do everything we can through all legal means available to carry on serving our 535,000 beneficiaries in both Palestinian territories – 80,000 in the West Bank and 455,000 in Gaza.

Islamic Relief Worldwide is regulated in the UK by the Charity Commission and has rigorous internal control and compliance systems in place to ensure we uphold our humanitarian principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. This includes using one of the most robust and sophisticated screening software solutions available to screen every employee, contractor, supplier, local partner organisation and recipient of funds against over 540 national and international ‘watch lists’ of proscribed entities and individuals, including four Israeli lists. Our investment in this system reflects the seriousness of our commitment to fulfilling all our obligations under international regulations and standards, including our determination to ensure donations entrusted to us come from legitimate sources, and are spent only on those who require humanitarian assistance.

See our full statement here: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/news/statement-by-islamic-relief-on-operations-in-the-palestinian-territories/

scaramouche said...