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HamasTied Mosque Foundation Imam And Islamic Relief USA Held Fundraiser With UNRWA's Asst Sec Gen Abuzayad
September 3, 2014
MIM: More proof that there are zero degrees of separation between UNRWA and Hamas.The Mosque Foundation boasts two documented Hamas operatives, Imam Jamal Said and Kifah Mustapha. Islamic Relief USA ,a major contributor to UNRWA, is part of Islamic Relief Worldwide which was banned in Israel in June 2014 because of their providing funding for Hamas. The UNRWA Assistant Secretary General Karen Koning Abuzayad was the keynote speaker at the "Fundraiser For Palestine".
The Bridgeview Mosque Foundation has been a terror hub for decades . In his book "American Jihad" counter terrorism expert Steven Emerson recounted a visit to the mosque and his encounter with Jamal Said.
Here is an account of a visit to the mosque by Steven Emerson:
..."Later, he took Khalid and me to the Bridgeview Mosque, where Jamal Said was the imam. I could tell immediately that we were deep in the heart of Hamas territory. The walls of the vestibule were covered with Hamas posters and recruiting literature showing masked gunmen brandishing automatic weapons. It was all in Arabic, but you could see daggers plunged into Jewish hearts wrapped up in American flags. They even had a library filled with militant terrorist videos and books. Khalid was there to translate for me. The Friday service was a rather strange experience. Out of 800 people, I was the only one wearing a red ski jacket. When the service was over I approached the imam and asked him if he had known Abdullah Azzam. He was very defensive. "I never met with him," he said quickly and then dismissed me. Earlier that year, two Hamas operatives, congregants of the mosque, were arrested in Israel for transferring money from the United States to terrorists on the West Bank. One of these men, Mohammad Jarad, told the Israelis that he was sent on his mission by Jamal Said".
For more on The Mosque Foundation see: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=6463
"One Bridgeview Mosque worshipper, Nabil Al Marabh, was a suspected planner of the 9/11 hijackings."
Also see: "Mosque with member being tried for terrorism donates garden to Chicago during trial- Mayor Daley cuts ribbon with Hamas members"
Chicago, IL: Fundraising Dinner for Palestine
September 6, 2014 7:00pm
9301 W. Bryn MawrRosemont, IL 60018
Karen Koning Abuzayd, Assistant Secretary General of UNRWA | Sheikh Jamal Said, Imam of The Mosque Foundation
$35 for General Admission | $20 for 18 years and under | $10 for Childcare (11 and under)
Susana Mahrouka | (773) 346-2172 | [email protected]
DES Convention Center | 9301 W. Bryn Mawr | Rosemont, IL 60018
Dinner Provided | Childcare Provided for $10
MIM: In 2012 UNRWA leaders spoke at an event held at The Mosque Foundation.
The program featured UNRWA Chairman Philip Wilcox and Karen Koning Abuzayad and was entitled 'UNRWA's Critical Role In Sustaining Hope And Human Development In Palestine'
See page 20.
Community Programs - Mosque Foundationmosquefoundation.org/.../2012%20MF%20Annual%20Report.pdf
operations, and secure structured, continuous adult Islamic education as well as
Islamic Relief USA Supports UNRWA
Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) recently announced an agreement for the provision of emergency food assistance and emergency non-food items (NFIs), worth a total of US$ 6,000,000, to Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip. The IRUSA contribution will provide three months coverage of food needs to 140,729 individuals and distribution of NFIs to 11,735 families.
This contribution is part of a continued commitment to partner with UNRWA. From 2012-2013, IRUSA contributed nearly $2 million to support UNRWA's efforts in Gaza and Syria.
On 8th July 2014, Robert Turner, the director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, declared an emergency in all five areas of the Gaza Strip following a severe escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel. The conflict exacerbates an already dire humanitarian situation for the people of Gaza. In the last seven years, unemployment rates in Gaza have oscillated over 30 percent – reaching 40.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, the highest unemployment level recorded in Gaza since 2009. In turn, the majority of the population have been pushed into poverty and food insecurity, with no other choice but to rely heavily on assistance to cover their essential needs. Seventy-four percent of households reported receiving at least one form of assistance in 2012.
This contribution is framed within UNRWA Gaza's Emergency Food Assistance Programme, which aims at easing the severity of food insecurity among poor Palestine refugee families in Gaza through ensuring safe, nutritious, and regular access to food. This objective is achieved by providing the most vulnerable population with in-kind food assistance. The NFI contribution will ensure that those Palestine refugee families displaced by the on-going military operation are able to maintain their basic personal comfort and dignity.
"The dedication and professionalism of UNRWA staff during the ongoing crisis has been nothing short of heroic," said Anwar Khan, CEO of Islamic Relief USA. "We are proud to continue our partnership with one of the only organizations that is able to consistently and effectively send aid into Gaza. The scale of humanitarian suffering in Gaza is heart breaking, but together we are providing a ray of hope for the people there by providing critically needed aid."
Since 1993, IRUSA has worked tirelessly around the world to alleviate poverty, suffering, hunger and illiteracy. This major US charity is a long-standing partner of UNRWA in the provision of life-saving humanitarian assistance.
As poor and vulnerable households in the Gaza struggle to make ends meet, the dedication and generosity of IRUSA is critical. Partnering with Islamic Relief USA has opened opportunities for UNRWA to engage with Islamic Relief in the UK, Canada and France, and with Islamic Relief Worldwide.