A Dutch newspaper has provided further important details about Yahia Bouafa, identified in a previous post as the new head of the Contact Groep Islam which is is one of two groups recognized by the government as representing Dutch Muslims After pointing out that Bouyafa is head of the Europe Trust Nederland foundation and the Federation of Islamic organizations in the Netherlands, both closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, the report provides the following biographical detail:
Bouyafa….comes from the Berber town Boubker-Oudja, on the border with Algeria. He originally lived in Eindhoven, where he was secretary of the Foundation of Islamic Elementary Schools in 1987, which is tightly coupled with the disputed Al-Fourkaan mosque. In the beginning of the 90s he moved to IJsselstein to almost directly become the leader of the local mosque. He also managed for some time ‘Pizzeria Grillroom Dame Bianca’ in Utrecht.Together with his son Bouyafa, as owner of the Noer Al’ilm publishing company, he published a series of Muslim books, among them the standard work of Sheik Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, an ideologist of the Muslim Brotherhood. Every now and then Bouyafa comments on the Sheik’s website, as a Dutch Muslim leader. The sheik is persona-non-grata in the US where he’s seen as a “theologist of terror”.Bouyafa worked actively in building up on the Muslim Brotherhood in the Netherlands. As well as leading the institutes in Zaandam, he holds a top function in the League of the Islamic Community in the Hague. The founding of the League did not go by unnoticed by the intelligence services, as appeared from the introduction to the report: A very good introduced source came with the report that the League could be a umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Netherlands.”
The article also discussed numerous links from Bouyafa to Hamas and possibly Al Qaeda:
Bouyafa’s co-director of the League is Syrian Ibrahim Akkari – according to intelligence sources he’s active in the PvdA. Akkari was director of of the Rotterdam foundation Al-Aqsa, that was put on the terror list in 2003 due to given aid to the Hamas. A former director of the League, Jordanian Rashad al-Baz from Vlaardingen, was treasurer of Al-Aqsa. Akkar and al-Baz were both connected to known members of the Hofstad Group, according to the intelligence services. But Bouyafa is connected in yet another way to Hamas activists and fund-raisers. The executive director of the Europe Trust in Birmingham, the boss of Bouyafa’s branch in Zaandam, is also the leading figure of Interpal in England. This organization has been considered by the US and Israel as terror financier. Till recently a company was registered at Akkaris’ personal address of an man who also played an important role in the top ranks of the Europe Trust. This is Sheik Al-Hajeri from Kuwait, who is the vice president of the Kuwait Joint Relief Committee – an assistance organization that is suspected in the US of having possible ties to Al-Qaeda.