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By Joe Kaufman
The clean-up effort is still underway in the northeast, where Hurricane Sandy unleashed its imprint of death and destruction. A number of highly-rated charitable organizations have sent out relief workers to the area to help with things like food, clothing, shelter and medical treatment. Yet another group, ICNA Relief, is in town claiming to assist in the effort and asking for donations. Their donations have reached terror-related groups in the past, so their motives concerning Sandy need to be questioned.
ICNA Relief is a function of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). The organization has two separate headquarters, one based in the United States and one based in Canada, respectively ICNA Relief USA and ICNA Relief Canada.
From June 2006 through June 2007, the al-Khidmat Foundation (AKF), a Pakistani charity run by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), listed both the US and Canadian ICNA Relief groups as its top two donors. JI is the South Asian division of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).
During that time period, in August 2006, AKF hand delivered six million rupees, the equivalent of 99 thousand U.S. dollars, to the Damascus, Syria residence of the global head of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal. Today, Mashaal is located in Qatar. Mashaal thanked the members of the delegation and assured them that Hamas would continue to “wage jihad” against Israelis.
The money ICNA Relief gave to AKF was not a random act. ICNA was founded in the early 1970’s as an American arm of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and still retains close relations with its parent organization. Indeed, the ICNA Relief name and logo is currently found at the bottom of the homepage of AKF’s official website(“Our Global Partners”).
Now, ICNA Relief is asking for donations on its website in the name of the victims of Hurricane Sandy, stating, “Help Hurricane Sandy Survivors. Donate Now.”