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Obama's Plan To Protect Terror Funding Muslim Charities A Clear And Present Danger To Israel

June 9, 2009

Obama's Plan To Protect Terror Funding Muslim Charities A Clear And Present Danger To Israel


June 9, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - - In a little commented upon section of Obama's Cairo Speech, he made it clear that he is content to see more Israeli women and children killed due to Hamas terror attacks rather than risk the enmity of Muslims by cutting off the funding these terrorist groups receive from fraudulent American Islamic "charities."

"Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.

Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit - for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We can't disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism." [source,]

This is a radical departure from the previous administration's successful policy of shutting down the funders of terrorism, which was seen as one of the cornerstones of its successful anti-terrorism campaign.

During the previous administration the U.S. Treasury Department served as the nerve center in the effort to defund Islamic terror networks, working through the Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, the Office of Foreign Asset Control, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime.

These Treasury units established a protocol that led for example to the shutdown and eventual prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, a Richardson, Texas based phony Muslim charity which was convicted of funneling at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, the world wide banning of the Saudi al-Qaeda funder Al-Haramain and the designation of the Al-Aqsa International Foundation as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist [SDGT] entity.

"By designating the Al-Aqsa Foundation, we have deprived the Hamas terrorist organization of a vital source of funding and have shut off yet another pipeline of money financing terror. Today's action demonstrates our commitment to prevent the perversion of charitable organizations for terrorist ends," Secretary Snow stated. [source,]

The Treasury Department, indicative of its desire not to quash legitimate charitable contributions by American Muslims, even went to the trouble of developing a reasonable but tautly drawn set of guidelines by which Islamic charitable institutions should be governed. [see, funding guide]

With Obama's new directive, the methodology which has in the past been so successful in crushing the Holy Land Foundation is no longer in play and one must assume that absent a blatant smoking gun necessitating some level of prosecution, Muslim charities will be given free rein to once again serve as conduits of death and misery.

This clear reversal of course by team Obama sends a chillingly clear message to Israel. It has been sold out in the interest of identity politics with the president ministering to his newest self-designated constituency, the 1.4 billion members of the Muslim Ummah.

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