List of charities accused of ties to terrorism

This is a list of charities accused of ties to terrorism. A number of charities have been accused or convicted in court of using their revenues to fund terrorism or revolutionary movements, rather than for the humanitarian purposes for which contributions were ostensibly collected. During the "war on terror" the names of several such organisations have been published, although the phenomenon predates 9/11.[1] Some detainees have been captured largely because they volunteered or worked for these charities.

On August 23, 2007 the Bush Administration announced plans to implement enhanced security checking of the employees of American charities, which receive funds from U.S. Agency for International Development, looking for those who might have ties to terrorism.[2] Charities which are turned down will not be offered an explanation, or an avenue to appeal the decisions.

Charities accused of ties to terrorismEdit

Name Headquarters Accusers Notes
Afghan Support Committee[3][4] Pakistan U.S. State Department
  • Alleged to have funneled support to fighters in Afghanistan.
Al-Haramain Foundation[5] Saudi Arabia U.S. State Department
Al Kifah Refugee Center[4] United States Spanish police
Al Wafa al Igatha al Islamia[5] Afghanistan U.S. State Department
Benevolence International Foundation United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
Bosanska Idealna Futura Bosnia Federal Bureau of Investigation
Global Relief Foundation United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bosnian offices shut down on US request in 2002
  • Commission of the European Union froze assets in 2006[7]
Health and Education Project International[8] Canada Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development[9][10] United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • On November 10, 2004, convicted by US federal court of funding Hamas, and liable for damages in teen's death.
International Islamic Relief Organization[4] Saudi Arabia U.S. State Department
  • Sued by families of the victims of the September 11 attacks
Interpal[11] United Kingdom

United States Treasury Department

Internationale Humanitäre Hilfsorganisation e.V.[15][16] Germany German Interior Ministry
  • Outlawed in Germany since it has financially supported Hamas, while presenting activities to donors as humanitarian help.[16]
Islamic Relief United Kingdom Israel,[17] United Arab Emirates[18][19] Germany[20]
Jamaat al Dawa al Quran[21] Afghanistan JTF-GTMO
  • American counter-terrorism analysts at Guantanamo assert this group is an extremist militant group.
Jamat al Tabligh[22] Pakistan U.S. State Department
  • "The Jamat al Tabligh, a Pakistani-based Islamic Missionary organization, is being used as a cover to mask travel and activities of terrorists including members of al-Qaeda"
Khalsa Aid United Kingdom National Investigation Agency
Maktab al-Khidamat[24] Afghanistan U.S. 9-11 commission
Muslim Aid[4] London Spanish police,[25] Israel,[26] Government of Bangladesh[27][28][29]
Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage[30] Kuwait U.S. State Department
Popular Front of India India Indian police
Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation(TRO)[33] Canada Federal Bureau of Investigation
Tamil (Sri Lanka) Refugee-Aid Society of Ottawa[34][35] Canada Canadian Revenue Agency

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Richey, Warren (January 14, 1985). "On the trail of US funds for IRA". Christian Science Monitor.
  2. ^ Walter Pincus (August 23, 2007). "Foreign Aid Groups Face Terror Screens". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  3. ^ a b Terrorist Exclusion List, US State Department, November 15, 2002
  4. ^ a b c d Spain charity terror link alleged Archived 2006-12-31 at the Wayback Machine, CNN, December 8, 2002
  5. ^ a b Dossier (.pdf) of Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mar'i, Combatant Status Review Tribunal
  6. ^ a b c d Complete 911 Timeline Archived 2006-04-27 at the Wayback Machine, Cooperative Research
  7. ^ Commission Regulation 76/2006
  8. ^ National Post Apologizes to Human Concern International Archived 2013-01-15 at, South Asia Partnership Canada
  9. ^ Charities Held Liable in Teen Death Archived 2006-11-14 at, Wildman Harrold Attorneys and Counselors
  10. ^ Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, NY Times
  11. ^ "U.S. Designates Five Charities Funding Hamas and Six Senior Hamas Leaders as Terrorist Entities", United States Department of the Treasury, August 22, 2003.
  12. ^ Matthew Levitt, Dennis Ross, Hamas: Politics, Charity, And Terrorism in the Service of Jihad, Yale University Press, 2007, p. 158, ISBN 0300122586, 9780300122589
  13. ^ Dominic Casciani, Islamic charity cleared of Hamas link, BBC, 24 September 2003.
  14. ^ Niki May Young (27 July 2010). "Interpal wins High Court case against Sunday Express claims of terror links". Civil Society Media. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  15. ^ "Germany outlaws IHH over claimed Hamas links, Haaretz 12.07.10". 12 July 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Germany bans group accused of Hamas links, Ynet 07.12.10". ynet. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Israel bans UK-based Muslim charity accused of funding Hamas". Reuters.
  18. ^ Simeon Kerr (2014-11-16). "UAE blacklists 83 groups as terrorists". Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  19. ^ "Charity banned over 'links to terrorism'". The Times. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  20. ^ a b "Islamic Relief hat Kontakte zur Muslimbruderschaft". Frankfurter Rundschau.
  21. ^ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Sahib Rohullah Wakil's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 16-25
  22. ^ Combatant Status Review Board Letters, final release (.pdf), Department of Defense Freedom of Information Office -- see page 4 of the .pdf
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ National Commission on Terrorist Attack Upon the United States: appendix a common abbreviations, 911 Commission
  25. ^ " - Spain charity terror link alleged - Dec. 8, 2002". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  26. ^ "Defense Minister signs order banning Hamas-affiliated charitable organizations". GxMSDev. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  27. ^ "NGOs under scanner for 'funding militancy'". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  28. ^ "Hasina: No vote rigging by AL-backed candidates - Dhaka Tribune". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  29. ^ "Ten Islamist outfits to face ban - Dhaka Tribune". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  30. ^ Summary of Evidence (.pdf) from pages 25-26 of Mohammed Fenaitel Mohamed Al Daihani's Combatant Status Review Tribunal[dead link]
  31. ^ "PFI India's Number One Terrorist Organisation, Says Former Mumbai Police Officer". HuffPost India. 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  32. ^ "Ban PFI, India's no 1 terror organisation: Former Maharashtra cop". Hindustan Times. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  33. ^ "'Charities' back terror, Ottawa Sun". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  34. ^ "Summary of Reasons for Revocation - Tamil (Sri Lanka) Refugee-Aid Society of Ottawa". Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  35. ^ "Ottawa Tamil group loses charitable status". CBC News. Retrieved 31 December 2016.