Human Appeal International
A leaked 1996 CIA report claimed Human Appeal International’s branches were among a number of Islamic charities used as conduits for funds to terrorist organizations. The FBI, in 2003, claimed there was a “close relationship between Human Appeal International and Hamas”.
In August 2002, an Islamic youth group featured an advertisement for a Hamas fundraising scheme, called the “101 Days Campaign”. The youth group claimed profits from the sale of intifada videotapes would go to the campaign through Human Appeal International. In 2005, a website belonging to the Palestinian terror group Hamas reported that funds were transferred from Human Appeal’s affiliated organization in the UAE to IQRA and Rifdah, two Hamas front organizations based in the West Bank.
In 2004, documents obtained from the Internal Revenue Service by Senator Charles Grassley revealed that the IRS considered Human Appeal to be one of a number of charities “which finance terrorism and perpetuate violence.” Further, leaked State Department cables also reveal that staff from the Human Appeal UAE branch were funding terror groups, and that, “In 2003, there were indications that HAI was sending financial support to organizations associated with Hamas and that members of its field offices in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya had connections to al-Qaeda associates.”
In 2008, the Israeli Government proscribed a number of Human Appeal’s affiliated international branches as “bodies that are active abroad and which are responsible for raising very large sums for Hamas activities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.”
In July 2011, Human Appeal hosted, along with the Palestinian Forum of Britain, an event with a number of radical hate preachers and Hamas supporters. One speaker due to address Human Appeal’s 2011 event was Raed Saleh, a prominent supporter of Hamas, known for his anti-Semitic and anti-homosexual views. Saleh has claimed that 4000 Jews skipped work at the World Trade Centre on 9/11, those who killed the “Martyr, Sheikh Osama Bin Laden” had “sold their consciences to Satan”, and that the honour killing of girls is acceptable.
One of Saleh’s poems includes the lines:
You Jews are criminal bombers of mosques,
Slaughterers of pregnant women and babies.
Robbers and germs in all times,
The Creator sentenced you to be loser monkeys,
Victory belongs to Muslims, from the Nile to the Euphrates.
Saleh is best known for his frequent invocation of the ‘blood libel’ — an ancient anti-Semitic claim that Jews kill children to use their blood to make matzah at Passover. Even a British court concluded that Saleh’s comments were hateful of Jews.
Saleh was joined at the Human Appeal event by Ahmad Noufal (also spelled ‘Nawfal’), a prominent figure in the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood who was “directly involved in sponsoring and organizing Hamas terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians.” In 2005, Noufal endorsed the French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy on Saudi television:
“Roger Garaudy said: ‘If we take the number of gas chambers and the maximal daily capacity of an oven, and multiply them by the period you Zionists, claim the Holocaust lasted – even if we multiply the number of ovens by the maximal [capacity], the figure is grossly exaggerated. The number of those burned [sic] was 600,000. You added another zero, and turned it into six million.'”
In December 2011, Human Appeal hosted an event which featured the hate preacher Haitham al-Haddad as a guest speaker. Al-Haddad regards Jews as “enemies of god, and the descendants of apes and pigs”, and disregards any form of peace until “Allah’s law [will] govern the whole earth, and for no other law to remain.” Haddad deems homosexuality a crime and supports the subjugation of women, telling them: “you must obey [your husband].”