Gaza Humanitarian Voice – 2011-08-29 The Kuwaiti Palestinian Charity for Social Care, has started to distribute one million dollars to the orphans of sponsored families in Gaza, with finance from the Kuwaiti “World Mercy” charity. The charity explained that sponsorship amounts were delivered to thousands of orphans, needy families, persons with special needs, and sponsored students to their benefit before the Eid-ul-Fitr ( expected tomorrow or the day after). The executive director of the charity, Kamal Musleh said “ the charity has exerted significant efforts to provide these due amounts of money for about 7000 orphans, needy families, and students to enable them buying their needs before the Eid (feast marking end of Ramadan). He reaffirmed that these due amounts of money are considered the biggest of its kind , noting that these vulnerable categories are in dire need for such support with the advent occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr to draw a smile and happiness on their faces. “
A 2008 report from the same source identifies Kamal Musleh as the Director of the Kuwaiti-based Arrahma Alalameya, or International Mercy, in Gaza which it says is one of the organizations of the Kuwaiti Social Reform Society, in turn, a part of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood. The r2008 eport went on to say that a project called the Kuwait Center for Orphans had been established to provide “complete educational, health, cultural, and entertainment services to the orphans of Gaza.” A NEFA foundation report identifies the Social Reform Society as a part of the Union of Good which it describes as follows:
…a coalition of Islamic charities that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. It is headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, and most of the trustees and member organizations are associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood. The Union of Good was banned by Israel in 2002 and was recently designated a terrorist entity by the United States, although neither Youssef Qaradawi nor any of the Trustees were similarly designated. Despite the fact that action has been taken against some of its member organizations in Europe, many of its other European member organizations continue to operate. Further, the Union of Good itself does not appear to be under investigation in Europe.
As documented in the NEFA report, “orphan sponsorship” is closely associated with Hamas fundraising.