Congress Raises Concerns about Terrorists But Ignores Terrorist at the Top

Members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department that expresses concerns over Hamas leaders being given safe harbor in Qatar and Turkey. That’s great but the guy at the top of the totem pole who has been receiving safe haven in Qatar for years isn’t mentioned once in the letter.

The issue of U.S. NATO ‘ally’ Turkey and declared ‘ally’ Qatar being supporters of officially designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Hamas is becoming the elephant in the room Congress is finding increasingly more difficult to ignore. The letter calls for sanctions to be imposed on any “entity or nation” that backs Hamas.

According to the letter (h/t WFB), which is bipartisan and signed by the chairmen and ranking members of two separate subcommittees, states:

Qatar’s $400 million donation for Gaza reconstruction in 2012 bolstered Hamas’ credibility in Gaza and may have directly supported Hamas-backed entities. Qatar also allows Hamas’ top leader, politburo chief Khalid Mishaal, to operate out of its territory knowingly and with impunity. It was even widely reported in the press that Qatar threatened to deport Mishaal if Hamas had accepted an Egypt-backed ceasefire agreement to end this summer’s conflict in Gaza.

We are concerned about the ties between Qatar and Hamas, and we commend you on your speech before the Center for a New American Security, where you stated that, “Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally, has for many years openly financed Hamas,” and that press reports indicate that the Qatari government is also “supporting extremist groups operating in Syria,” further adding to the instability of the region. As you noted in your speech, there are private fundraising networks in Qatar that solicit donations for terrorists. Qatar, in your words, is “a permissive terrorist financing environment.”

While it’s good to see Congress taking notice of the relationship between Qatar an Hamas as well as that country’s harboring of a Hamas leader, the one figure conspicuously absent in the letter is Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is much higher up the Hamas food chain. Qatar has been harboring al-Qaradawi for years. As is quite obvious, Meshaal and al-Qaradawi are quite cozy together:

Hamas' Khaled Meshaal (R) kisses Yusuf al-Qaradawi (L) in Qatar.

Hamas’ Khaled Meshaal (R) kisses Yusuf al-Qaradawi (L) in Qatar.

Despite the recent news that Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for al-Qaradawi at the behest of Egypt as has reported, the signatories of the letter to Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence fails to mention al-Qaradawi. In light of the news that Egypt has been demanding al-Qaradawi be handed over for months, coupled with the Interpol arrest warrant and the beginning of the Mohammed Mursi trial, it’s curious that al-Qaradawi would be omitted from the letter.

In fact, the timing of the letter itself is a bit curious in light of the far more significant developments.

Then again, if Qatar feels enough pressure, it could conceivably be forced into handing al-Qaradawi over to Interpol, which would then conceivably hand him over to Egypt. That’s not likely based on how politically charged such a development would be. Al-Qaradawi himself doesn’t appear to be taking the warrant all that seriously either; he reportedly mocked it.

Any extradition of al-Qaradawi to Egypt would be sure to send Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through the roof as Muslim Brotherhood leaders who fled to Turkey from Egypt after Mursi’s ouster have been scheming with Erdogan to return ever since.

Hamas leaders Meshaal and Ismail Haniyeh.

Hamas leaders Meshaal and Ismail Haniyeh.

In addition to Congress’s seeming refusal to identify al-Qaradawi as the man at the top of the Hamas totem pole, it also ignores the connection of the brother of the President of the United States to the group.

Malik Obama and his IDO boss,  Suar al-Dahab.

Malik Obama and his IDO boss, Suar al-Dahab.

As has reported, in his capacity with the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), Malik Obama’s boss is / was a man named Suar al-Dahab. In May of 2013, al-Dahab and al-Qaradawi traveled to Gaza and rubbed elbows with Haniyeh. One of the occasions for the visit was Haniyeh granting al-Qaradawi a Palestinian passport. Here is video of the three men together in Gaza:

As also revealed, Malik Obama is also a supporter of Hamas:

Malik Obama dons Hamas scarf while in Yemen in 2010.

Malik Obama dons Hamas scarf while in Yemen in 2010.

All of this says nothing of the fact that Congress refuses to address the issue of criminality relative to the IRS treatment received by Malik from Lois Lerner.

Also as has reported, two U.S. Congressmen have long acknowledged the claims against Malik Obama as being legitimate but have to this point, remained silent.


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