German IHH rejects links to Hamas

July 14, 2010 17:03

The head of the German branch of IHH, which had been banned due to accusations of financing Hamas, rejected on Wednesday allegations of supporting the Islamic militant group and said his charity was only delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The decision by the Interior Ministry to ban the International Humanitarian Relief Organization punishes people in need and will severely damage the country's image throughout the Muslim world, Mustafa Yoldas told journalists in Berlin.Yoldas said the group is not a political, but a humanitarian organization that helps the neediest regardless of language, race or religion.

"I swear, had they been suffering hunger, thirst or hardship, we would have also helped Jews," he said.

The ministry banned the group Monday, saying it is believed to have collected money in mosques and to have sent about $8.3 million to relief organizations belonging to or supporting Hamas, which Germany considers a terrorist organization.

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