This report is taken from The Terror Finance Blog. It shows how long Australian moslems have been involved in financing terrorism here in Australia.
Written by our correspondent who has been investigating islamic financing and its links to terrorism for more than a decade.
NOTE: Some links and names may be out of date, but are provided here as part of the original article.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Lateline programme reported in September 2003 that it had obtained an FBI report that outlined a close relationship between Human Appeal International of Jordan (HAI) and Hamas. Lateline had also reported that the FBI”s findings echoed a 1996 CIA document, which alleged Human Appeal International “probably acts as a fundraiser for Hamas”.
HAI has an office in Australia that is the only fund-raising office outside the UAE
In 2003 there were 5 other offices world-wide but these appear to have been shut. Today, HAI continues to raise funds in Australia for distribution in Gaza , and other parts of the Middle East.
Meanwhile, there is some evidence to suggest that HAI in Australia may not be properly registered as a charity and that it may be diverting its funds towards purposes outside those of its license to operate as a charity.
HAI is registered as a charity in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. It operates out of an office in the predominantly Muslim suburb of Lakemba, in the state of New South Wales . It raises funds from the Australian Muslim community via appeals advertised over the net, especially via Muslim community Yahoo! Groups.
In Victoria it is registered as a company, Human Appeal International Ltd, but in NSW as an unincorporated association; both have the same address and phone number in Lakemba.
Human Appeal International Ltd however has filed papers to have itself de-registered as a company. Despite the official record, Bashar Jamal, HAI’s regional director who is based in Lakemba says that HAI has always operated in Australia as an unincorporated body.
Be that as it may the unincorporated association in NSW is not registered for tax purposes; its registration for Good and Services Tax (GST) exemption having expired in 2002.The records show that the GST exemption was assumed by Human Appeal International Ltd.
While HAI is registered as a charity to provide funds for humanitarian relief, it has instead provided at least part of the funds it has collected for humanitarian relief to sponsor talks and seminars by visiting sheiks and imams, and has even given a written undertaking of financial support for a Muslim community radio station.
Despite the above regulatory issues being brought to the attention of the relevant Australian authorities, HAI continues to finance various activities both overseas and in Australia unhindered. Many of these activities in Australia are financed in conjunction with Muslim Aid Australia, and the Muslim Community Co-operative Australia, whose general manager Dr Rahim Ghouse’s ties to the SDGT Yassin Al-Kadi are outlined in my paper on this site at the link: Structures supporting moslem militants in South East Asia
Muslim Aid Australia’s partner in Pakistan, via whom funds were channeled for use in aiding victims of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake is Liaquat Baloch, secretary -general of the Pakistani Islamist alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), and vice-president of the Jamaat e-Islami. Baloch heads the MMA’s quasi-charitable, quasi-political arm the Al-Khidmat Foundation.
In 2002, Pakistan’s Daily Times reported: Vice president of the Jamaat-e-Islamic Liaquat Baloch stunned the world when he went on the record telling Daily Times shortly after the elections that the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal would seek the release of Azam Tariq (founder of Sipah-e-Sahaba, pictured), Hafiz Saeed (leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba) and Masood Azhar (founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed).Recently, members Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) insisted on offering prayers for for al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi in Pakistan’s National Assembly.
On Wednesday , 23 June 2006, SBS Dateline’s Ginny Stein reported that the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has assumed the name Jamaat-ud-Dawa since it was designated a terrorist organisation, has taken over a significant portion of the aid and relief work in the earthquake hit areas. This work includes the setting-up of orphanages cum schools where even English lessons are centered around the theme of dying for Allah.
The flyer below is advertising a fundraiser organised by Muslim Aid Australia to help build an orphanage and school for victims of the Kashmiri earthquake. As mentioned before, there is no shortage of funding for that purpose. Apart from the funds pledged by the international community to the Pakistani Government, Prince Al-Waleed personally promised to build 20 schools in the same area.
It is difficult to see how funds from Australia are not ultimately getting into the hands of the Jamaatud-Dawa, or if in fact the MMA/Al-Khidmat are the sole recepients, that their schools would be any different from those run by the Jamaat ud-Dawa.