Azzam Tamimi latest pro-Hamas voice to lose HSBC bank account
Just weeks after shutting down the bank accounts of several Islamist organisations, HSBC has now closed the bank account of Azzam Tamimi, an Islamist academic and a noted supporter of the terrorist organisation Hamas.
Tamimi revealed the news on his Twitter account:
— Azzam Tamimi عزام (@AzzamTamimi) August 10, 2014
Azzam Tamimi is reported to be Hamas’ “special envoy” to the UK. Tamimi was formerly the director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought, a leading Muslim Brotherhood organisation. Tamimi claims that he has the “great honour to be close to Hamas” and that “all the leaders of Hamas are my friends”. He has also spoken fondly of “the late Imam Khomeini” and the “great jihad” of Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. In 2004, Tamimi told the BBC that he would become a suicide bomber if he “had the opportunity”, describing self-sacrifice for Palestine as “a noble cause”
In July, HSBC shut the accounts of the Finsbury Park Mosque, as well as that of the Cordoba Foundation and its Director, Anas Al-Tikriti. As Stand for Peace previously noted, all these account holders had one thing in common: their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its sister organisation, Hamas.
Anas Al-Tikriti has been described as “one of the shrewdest UK-based Brotherhood activists … [who] has sought to persuade Western governments that they should fund Brotherhood groups as moderate alternatives to al-Qaeda.”
Tikriti has regularly hosted a program on the Arab TV satellite station, Al-Hiwar, which was founded by Azzam Tamimi.
In response to HSBC’s closure of his bank account, Tikriti claimed that, “HSBC has targeted my family because of my activity in defence of Gaza against the barbaric aggression of the Zionists” and because of his efforts to “oppose the military coup in Egypt.”
The Cordoba Foundation, which Tikriti heads, has been described by Prime Minister David Cameron, as a “political front for the Muslim Brotherhood.” The Cordoba Foundation also works closely with the Emirates Centre for Human Rights, whose website was originally registered to Tikriti’s wife, Malath Shakir, whose bank account was also shut down by HSBC. According to UAE media, the Emirates Centre for Human Rights is part of the global Muslim Brotherhood network.
Azzam Tamimi has been closely involved with the Cordoba Foundation. In 2008, Tamimi was part of a Cordoba Foundation panel along with Kemal Helbawi. Helbawi, who founded the Muslim Association of Britain, has proclaimed:
“Oh honoured brothers, the Palestinian cause is not a struggle on borders or on land only. Rather, it is an absolute clash of civilisations: a satanic programme led by the Jews and those who support them and a divine programme carried by Hamas and the Islamic Movement in particular and the Islamic peoples in general.”
The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), one of the better-known Muslim Brotherhood fronts in Britain, runs the Finsbury Park Mosque, which it took over with the help of the British Government after its previous Imam, the notorious hook-handed Abu Hamza, was arrested on terrorism charges. Anas Al-Tikriti was once closely involved with the mosque.
The current officials running Finsbury Park Mosque include Mohammed Sawalha, described by a Brotherhood website as being “responsible for the political unit of the international Muslim Brotherhood in the UK.” Sawalha is also “said to have masterminded much of Hamas’s political and military strategy ” out of London, as reported by the BBC.
In late June, HSBC also closed the accounts of the Ummah Welfare Trust, a leading British Islamist charity that has previously partnered with the Al Salah Islamic Association, described by the U.S. Treasury Department as “one of the largest and best-funded Hamas charitable organisations in the Palestinian territories.” Senior Hamas officials have confirmed that Al Salah is “identified with us.”
As Stand for Peace reported a few weeks ago, it is Hamas-linked extremism that links these individuals and groups together. HSBC’s motives, however, remain unclear. Some have suggested that the British Government’s review into the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Prime Minister is due to hear during the summer recess, might be already having some effect.