The Telegraph is reporting that the UK Communities Secretary has stripped state funding from the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), an umbrella group for charities, some known to have been part of the Union of Good (UOG). According to the report:
January 11, 2015 A leading Muslim charity that was given a £250,000 taxpayer-funded contract to run a major faith project has been stripped of state funding in a crackdown on Islamist extremism.
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, decided to take action against the Muslim Charities Forum after the Telegraph uncovered links to a group alleged to fund Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood political movement.
The revelations prompted a full-scale government review of the charity’s activities, which led to wider concerns and criticism over the group’s links to extremist speakers at events in Britain.
Mr Pickles said he was determined to cut off funding to any group that is linked to “individuals who fuel hatred, division and violence”.The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) is an umbrella group for Muslim aid organisations which work in 71 countries around the world and have a combined income £108million.
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The Telegraph article referred to above was from September 2014 and identifies a Nine Eleven Finding Answers (NEFA) report authored by the GMBDW editor as its source for the information on the Union Of Good and the MCF. The GMBDW reported on the same day that the Telegraph had used this NEFA report as its source. In December 2012, we reported that the MCF was seeking “unfettered access” to distribute aid in Gaza.
The MCF website continues to identify the following as members:
- Human Appeal International
- Islamic Relief UK
- Muslim Aid
- Muslim Hands
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.