Qatar has funded dozens of mosques and Islamic center projects in Europe to the tune of several millions of dollars, the majority through a network tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, a new book reveals.
The book was authored by French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot.
They say they received the supporting documents on a USB stick from a whistleblower. The dossier includes Qatar Charity’s bank records and its emails along with Qatar Foundation’s data.
Qatar Charity is a controversial organization funded by the Qatari ruling family and listed as a terrorist body by the Anti-Terrorist Quartet which includes the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt.
According to Qatar Papers, between 2011 and 2014Qatar Charityfunded five projects related to Muslim organizations in Switzerland. They include the Museum of Islamic Civilizations in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Muslim Cultural Complex of Lausanne, and the Salah-Eddine mosque in Bienne.
Among Qatar’s network members in Switzerland, Mohamed Karamous and his wife Nadia received €1.2 between 2011 and 2013 through seven bank transfers from Qatar Charity, according to the book.
It reveals that Nadia Karamous was directly recommended by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In 2007, Mohamed Karamous, who served as treasurer of the European Institute for Human Sciences – a university in central France affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and funded by Qatar – was arrested by Swiss authorities in a high-speed train while in possession of €50,000 in cash from Qatar.
The book also reveals that Muslim scholarTariq Ramadanis receiving €35,000 per month from the Qatar Foundation as a “consultant.”
A document from the French financial watchdog Tracfin says he also received €19,000 from the Swiss Muslim League in early 2018 at the time of his arrest on rape allegations.
Qatar’s aim was only to “create a counter-culture within the Muslim communities and to enhance its separation from their states,” according George Malbrunot, a former hostage in Iraq. It is pursuing “a political initiative in order to ensure global hegemony of the Brotherhood project.”
The authors write that Qatar’s activities in Germany have increased recently. The book published a letter from the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Qatar Charity asking to support a project in Offenbach.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Dusseldorf recently warned of the “intensified activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany with the aim of dividing the society.” The Brotherhood members in Germany are supported by the Turkish community, including Millî Görüs.
Despite the declarations of Qatari authorities that Qatar Charity is mainly financed by individuals, the book reveals a list of important donors and their codes, an extract of which is below:
– 253 the Diwan of the Emir
– 339 Sheikh Jassem bin Saoud bin Abderrahman Al-Thani
– 409 Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad bin Abdallah Al -Thani
– 444 Sheikh Saud Jassem Ahmed Al-Thani
– 170358 private office of the emir’s father
The book says that after the boycott of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, it became much harder for European Muslim associations to get funding from Qatar Charity.
Previously, the American Center for Democracy said that Qatar Charity “has long been known to fund the very same extremist Islamist terror groups listed by the Anti-Terrorist Quartet.”