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Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Syria ‘Convoy’ Charities organise Jihadi fundraising event

Syria ‘Convoy’ Charities organise Jihadi fundraising event

aafia siddiqui truck


The Aid for Syria Convoy is an initiative of Al Fatiha Global, Aid4Syria, One Nation and various other groups.[1] Its convoys include trucks named after the terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, who was found guilty in a US court of attempted murder, armed assault, using and carrying a firearm and assault on US personnel.[2] [3]

aafia siddiqui poster




Robert S. Mueller, the director of the F.B.I., described her as “an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator”.[4]  Posts and photographs on the official Aid for Syria Facebook page claim that Siddiqui is locked up “unjustly” and show activists holding placards with her name on at humanitarian installations.[5]



The convoys only accept female volunteers if they are with a “mehram”, or chaperone.[6]

guardian aid for syria


On 17th November, One Nation, with the support its affiliated charities, are running an event entitled O’ Ummah, Wake Up and Rise. The announced speakers are notorious Islamist hate preachers.

Moazzam Begg with Zahir Mahmood 

Shaykh Zahir Mahmood

Shaykh Zahir Mahmood is a teacher at the As-Suffa Institute.[7] He is an apologist for the terrorist group Hamas, claiming that, “Hamas are not terrorists. They’re freedom fighters.”[8] Hamas is a proscribed terrorist organisation, whose charter endorses a disputed hadith which calls for a genocide against Jews.[9]

Moazzam Begg

Begg was held at Bagram Theater Internment Facility, and the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp after being arrested in Pakistan in 2002.[10] He was released without charge in 2005.[11] He is now the Director of Cageprisoners, a London-based human rights organsation, established in order to “raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror”.[12] [13] Gita Saghal, the former head of Amnesty’s Gender Unit, who objected to Amnesty’s links with Begg and eventually stepped down, has condemned Begg as “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban”.[14]

Begg has worrying links to extremist figures, such as Anwar Al-Awlaki, the late Al Qaeda operative whom Cageprisoners invited to speak by videophone at Wandsworth Civic Centre in 2009.[15]

Further, Begg has made a number of concerning statements, saying of Ali al Tamimi, who is serving a life sentence in the US for inciting terrorism, that, “He is one of the most reasonable and middle of the path scholars that I have come across”.[16] [17] Furthermore, in his evidence to his Combatant Status Review Board while at Guantanamo, which was supposed to be his side of the story, Begg described his visits to camps on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he was responsible for “small arms and mountain tactics” training.[18] He also admitted to sending money to military training facilities in Afghanistan, including to the Khalden training camp, regarded many as al Qaeda’s elite paramilitary training base.[19]

The Research Director at Begg’s Cageprisoners, Asim Querishi, can be seen in video footage addressing a Hizb ut-Tahrir rally in London, in which he tells the crowd that the “example” lies with jihadists in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir and Afghanistan.[20]

In 2009, Cageprisoners invited Anwar Al-Awlaki, the late Al Qaeda leader, to speak by webcam at Wandsworth Civic Centre.[21]

Cageprisoners was involved in campaigning for the release of Mahmoud Abu Rideh, who was detained in British high-security prisons from December 2001 until March 2005 under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act..[22] In 2010 Rideh, who was said to be closely associated with the al-Qaeda leadership, was killed in Afghanistan, and was with a group of fighters when he died.[23]

[1] Cortbus, Colin, UK Charity Convoy Promotes Al-Qaeda Operative

[2] Ibid.


[4] Ibid.


[6] Cortbus, Colin, UK Charity Convoy Promotes Al-Qaeda Operative



[9] Ibid.


[11] Ibid.








[19] Ibid.







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