Germany: Police raids Muslim organizations financing Hamas under the guise of humanitarian aid
BREAKING: German police raided offices belonging to Muslim organizations suspected of financing Hamas, which is on the European Union’s terror groups list, the interior ministry said.
The ministry said the main targets of the raids were WorldWide Resistance-Help and Ansaar International which are believed to have collected funds for Hamas, which rules Gaza, under the guise of humanitarian aid.
The organizations say on their websites that they collect donations for people in Gaza, Somalia, Syria, and other countries.
“Whoever supports Hamas under the guise of humanitarian aid disregards fundamental values of our constitution and discredits the commitment of many aid organizations,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a statement.
The ministry said the two organizations also supported Hamas through propaganda campaigns.
More than 2 million Gazans are packed into the narrow coastal enclave. Israel withdrew its troops and residents from Gaza in 2005 but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders as a counter-terrorism measure. Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.