UN agencies not partnering with terrorists for a change would be bigger news.
Still, this is an important angle because it connects Hamas, the international Islamic state sponsor of terror known as Qatar, and the United Nations.
Over the last year, four United Nations agencies have partnered with and accepted $7 million from the terrorism-affiliated NGO Qatar Charity. According to the Counter Extremism Project (that maintains databases on extremist groups, their ideology, leaders, history, financing, violent activities, tactics, and rhetoric), the Qatar Charity is a member charity of the Union of Good network.
The Union of Good umbrella organization was banned by the US Treasury in 2008 because of its status as “an organization created by Hamas leadership to transfer funds to [Hamas]” during the Second Intifada. Hamas is on the US State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
“Terrorist groups such as Hamas continue to exploit charities to radicalize vulnerable communities and cultivate support for their violent activities,” said then-US undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Stuart Levey, at the time. The Qatar Charity has been banned by five Middle Eastern countries.
The UN’s decision to continue these partnerships despite knowing about Qatar Charity’s terrorism status makes it all the more egregious. In 2017, the Secretary General’s Office acknowledged that it knew of the Qatar Charity’s designation. In fact, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, actually chaired the UNHCR as high commissioner when the agency first partnered with the Qatar Charity in 2012.
You will, I’m sure, be surprised to learn that the Union of Good was led by Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
The good news is that if the UN is being funded by Islamic terrorist money, maybe we can stop funding it?