European Jewish Congress, the umbrella
body for Jewish communities in Europe has formally requested that the
"Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief"
(Insani Yardim Vakfi), otherwise known as the IHH be placed on the EU
list of proscribed terrorist organizations and its assets seized and
The request, which is signed by Dr. Moshe Kantor, states
that the IHH is "an
organization with known and recognized ties to terrorist groups and
activities" operating "under the guise of a humanitarian organization."
to the EJC, the IHH’s ties to terrorist activities clearly fit the
European Union’s own criteria for immediate proscription.
particular they point to the IHH's affiliation with Hamas, "which is on
the EU list of terror organizations, and its membership in The Union of
the Good, an Islamic umbrella affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood."
Union of Good was designated as a terrorist entity by the United States
The organization's letter points out that "according to
EU guidelines the definition of terrorism means individuals, groups and
entities on which there is accurate information proving that they have
committed, are attempting to commit or are facilitating the commission
of terrorist acts. Terrorist activities include 'directing or
participating in the activities of a terrorist group, including by
funding its activities or supplying material resources.'"
letter cites a 2006, a report by the Danish Institute for International
Studies. This it says, stated that during the 1990s the IHH
links with al-Qaida and a number of global jihad networks and that the
Turkish government launched an investigation into the IHH in 1997 after
receiving intelligence that the IHH had bought automatic weapons from
According to the EJC, the Turkish government
raided the organization’s Istanbul offices, where they found weapons,
explosives, and instructions for bomb-making and documents linking the
IHH to terrorist activities in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Bosnia. It add
that in 1996, the CIA identified the IHH as an extreme radical
organization with ties to terror.
According to the report, French
intelligence found that in the mid-1990s IHH leader B’ulent Yildirim
recruited soldiers for jihad activities in a number of Muslim countries
and that the IHH transferred money, firearms, and explosives to
jihadists in said countries.