Friday, June 22, 2018

GERMAN ISLAMIC CENTER RAISES MONEY FOR HEZBOLLAH

The Al-Mustafa community center in the city-state of Bremen in northern Germany is a major hub for raising funds for the EU and US designated terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to a German intelligence report reviewed by The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. The Bremen intelligence agency's newly released report in June stated that the "The Al-Mustafa Community center supports Hezbollah in Lebanon, especially by collecting donations."The Post uncovered the Shi'ite organization's bank account--the Bremen-based Sparkasse. The Bremen intelligence agency (the rough equivalent to Shin Bet) said there are approximately 60 Hezbollah supporters in the Al-Mustafa organization and "the Arab-Shi'ite association functions as a point of contact for Shi'ite Muslims in Bremen,especially those from Lebanon." The intelligence document did not cite the amount of funds transferred from Hezbollah supporters in Bremen to Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is unclear if Germany is currently engaged in anti-terror finance covering Hezbollah funding streams in Bremen and Germany-wide. "The participation numbers vary strongly according to events [at the Al-Mustafa center], but could total 800 people,"wrote the intelligence officials on the organizational structure of the center. The Al-Mustafa website shows pictures of its school rooms and spacious event rooms. One photograph posted on the Al-Mustafa website shows at least 10 young children wearing Hezbollah combat-style attire in the green and yellow colors associated with the Lebanese militia.The flag of Hezbollah depicts the green logo on a yellow background with an upraised arm grasping an AK-47 assault rifle. The intelligence report noted the "Al-Mustafa center's support of Hezbollah is of important meaning by its collection of donations in connection with the Lebanon Orphan Children Project (Waisenkinderprojekt Libanon e.V.)" The German court system affirmed the government's shut down of the Lebanon Orphan Children Project formally in 2015 because of its "goal to finance the surviving dependents of deceased Hezbollah fighters." Germany's interior minister banned the project in 2014. In addition to the US, Canada, the Arab League, the Netherlands, and Israel classify Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Germany and the EU merely designated Hezbollah's so-called military wing a terrorist entity. Roughly 950 Hezbollah operatives raise funds in Germany for Hezbollah and recruit new members, according to German intelligence reports from 2017. The Bremen intelligence report said additional activities of the Al-Mustafa center involve participation in events and demonstrations. According to the report, "like every year sympathizers and supporters of Hezbollah across Germany participated publicly in the anti-Israel demonstration for the international Quds Day on June 23, 2017 in Berlin. Participants from Bremen also regularly participate in the al-Quds Day."
https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Exclusive-German-Islamic-center-raises-money-for-Hezbollah-560604

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