ANALYSIS: Union of Good Websites Go Dark; The End Of An Era?

Union of Good

The GMBDW has noticed that two websites associated with the Union of Good (UOG), the worldwide coalition of charities raising funds for Hamas, have gone dark and no longer host any form of site. For years, and provided news on various aspects of the UOG network, its associated organizations, and the global Hamas support network in general. We speculate that since the sites were being run by the same company, somebody stopped paying the bills and the plug was pulled. Add the remarkable silence of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, the putative head of the UOG, during the recent Gaza conflict and it appears to us that this network may have run into severe financial difficulties, possibly related to whatever funding had been coming from Gulf sources. We will be interested to see if any alternatives to the websites make their appearance in the coming days but we have to also say that we miss them as highly useful sources for GMDW reporting. The least time sources of this importance disappeared was in 2010 when Qaradawi was ousted from the ruling body of IslamOnline, formerly another source for news on the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

The Union of Good (UOG) is a worldwide coalition of charities headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and described in a NEFA Foundation report,  authored by the GMBDW editor, as follows:

The Union of Good is 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.

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