By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
November 13, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On November 12, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated the Union of Good, a Muslim "charity" located in Saudi Arabia as a terrorist organizanization pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists, terrorist organizations, and those providing financial, technological, or material support to terrorists, terrorist organizations, or acts of terrorism. Any assets the Union of Good holds under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the Union of Good.
The group created in 2000 to fund Hamas and is closely tied to the Egyptian terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood. The Union of Good is directed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian who is one of the Muslim Brotherhood's leaders.
On the action Stuart Levy, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence stated, "Terrorist groups such as Hamas continue to exploit charities to radicalize vulnerable communities and cultivate support for their violent activities...The U.S. Government will continue to expose and undermine the activities of charities working on behalf of Hamas and other terrorist groups. At the same time, we are working with the charitable sector to expand the range of legitimate alternatives for providing charitable assistance to the Palestinian people."
The Union of Good is believed to serve as a conduit, channeling funds from other 13224 terror groups including: International Palestine Relief and Development Fund (Interpal), Al- Aqsa Foundation, Comite de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP), the Association de Secours Palestiniens (ASP) of Switzerland, the Palestinian Association in Austria (PVOE), and the Sanabil Association for Relief and Development in Lebanon. The Treasury Dept. claims that the Union of Good has funneled, "tens of millions of dollars a year to Hamas-managed associations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip."
The group operates under several aliases including, the Charity Coalition, Coalition of Good, I'tilaf Al-Khair, I'tilaf Al-Khayr, 101 Days Campaign and Etelaf Al-Khair. The group's address is P.O. Box 136301, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 21313.
The below schematic produced by http://www.terrorism-info.org.il [see, Union of Good] demonstrates the group's extensive organization and infrastructure.
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