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New US logic: If it’s Muslim it must be terrorist
|Under the pretext of "fighting terror", the United States has been raiding and freezing the assets of Islamic charities.
Using last October’s so-called Patriot Act, the US has targeted the three largest Islamic charities based in the United States - Holy Land Foundation (current frozen assets total around $13m), Global Relief Foundation (raised more than $ 5 m last year) and Benevolence International. Whilst the government maintains that it is not fighting Islam, it targets these charities at the end of the holy month of Ramadan - a time when Muslims traditionally donate generously to Islamic causes. All the money donated by Muslims to these organisations throughout the course of Ramadan is now frozen, and under the control of the US government.
No evidence has ever been provided to demonstrate how these charities are linked to ‘terrorism’. In some cases, it seems merely to be the result of a slur campaign run against them by various lobby groups. In other cases, their "crime" would appear to be that they are amongst the most active providing humanitarian aid to Afghan civilians and other poor Muslims around the world. Other western governments are following suit. The Australian government has announced that it will soon be publishing a similar list of businesses, organisations, and charities with "links" to terrorism. Their assets are also expected to be frozen.
Full details on the activities of these groups can be found at:
* http://www.grf.org Global Relief Foundation
* http://www.hlf.org Holy Land Foundation