Schumer In Letter To Hillary: Wants Full Investigation Over Flotilla Incident Due To Possible Terror Ties

(Sunday, June 6th, 2010)

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, in a personal letter to Secretary Clinton, called for the State Department to immediately conduct an investigation to determine if the Turkish based non-governmental organization (NGO), Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), otherwise known as the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, is currently – or has in the past – provided financial, logistical or material support to any terrorist organizations listed on the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). According to a 2006 report, the group served as a front for funding terrorist organizations and sending rebels to fight in places such as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya. Recently, France’s former top anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere stated that IHH was connected to the “millennium plot” to bomb the Los Angeles airport in late 1999. And it has been stated in recent media reports that major international Islamic charities such as IHH, while providing genuine humanitarian relief, are “charitable front groups that provide support to Al-Qaida.”

“The United States must do everything in its power to combat support for terrorist organizations here and across the world,” Schumer said. “We must target, investigate, and, if need be, punish those who offer logistical, financial and political support for terrorist groups. That is why today I am urging Secretary Clinton to take the necessary steps to immediately conduct an investigation to determine if IHH has ties to terror groups. If it is determined that this organization is providing support to terrorist organizations, then appropriate measures should be taken and that organization should be held accountable for its actions.”

Evidence pointing to links between IHH and terrorist organizations has begun to pile up. Based on statements from U.S. State Department officials, IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years. International media reports have also referenced IHH’s “clear, long-standing ties to terrorism and Jihad”. Additionally, according to reports, Turkish security authorities began investigating IHH in December 1997, after having received intelligence that senior IHH figures had purchased automatic weapons from radical Islamic organizations. As a result, IHH facilities were raided and organization members were arrested. During the security raid the Turkish security forces found weapons, explosives, instructions for making IEDs and a flag with a jihad message. IHH, has also been recognized as a member of the “Union of Good <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_of_Good> ” a Saudi-based umbrella organization known to finance global terrorism. On Nov. 12, 2008, the U.S. government announced the umbrella group’s leaders as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Schumer says that it is especially disturbing that an organization such as IHH, whose connections to terrorism lie under a cloud of uncertainty, has been afforded Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Schumer says it is crucial that government officials use every resource available to determine which organizations are dedicated to providing humanitarian aid and which groups are providing support to terrorist organizations. The distinction should be clear and unambiguous and if there is any reason to believe that an NGO is providing support to terrorist organizations, then appropriate measures should be taken and that organization should be held accountable for its actions.

A copy of the letter can be found below.

Dear Secretary Clinton:

I write to ask that the State Department investigate whether the Turkish based non-governmental organization (NGO), Insani Yardim Vakfi (I.H.H) (otherwise known as the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief) is providing financial, logistical or material support to any terrorist organizations listed on the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO).

There is reason for concern that this so-called charitable organization may have links to terror groups. A 2006 report by the Danish Institute for International Studies described the group as a front for funding terrorist organizations and sending Mujahidin to fight in countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya. Recently, France’s former top anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, stated that IHH was connected to  the “millennium plot” to bomb the Los Angeles airport in late 1999. And it has been stated in recent media reports, that major international Islamic charities such as IHH, while providing genuine humanitarian relief, are “charitable front groups that provide support to Al-Qaida”.

Based on statements from U.S. State Department officials, IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years and international media reports have also referenced IHH’s “clear, long-standing ties to terrorism and Jihad”. It is especially disturbing that an organization such as IHH, with possible connections to terrorism, has been afforded Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

I believe it is crucial that the State Department attempt to determine which organizations are dedicated to providing humanitarian aid and which groups are providing support to terrorist organizations. The distinction should be clear and unambiguous and if there is any reason to believe that an NGO is providing support to terrorist organizations, then appropriate measures should be taken.

The U.S. government must do everything in its power to combat support for terrorist organizations. I  urge you to take the necessary steps to determine if the IHH currently – or in the past – provided financial, logistical or material support to any terrorist organization listed on the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO).

Thank you for your consideration of this important request. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

Sincerely,

Senator Charles E. Schumer

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


13 Comments

  1. mark levin says:

    Can we take a guess as to who is worried about being re-elected???? Let me tell you…. CHUCK U SCHUMER!!

  2. yosse says:

    i second your opinion mark

  3. moe613 says:

    this time he’s on target hatzlacha

  4. hereorthere says:

    He may be right on this particular issue but he is still an insincere politicial who is overall a part of the problem and against the solution.

    No matter what, his whole record shows he deserves to be out of office as soon as possible.

    If we could have a vote today, I’d gladly vote against him, especially if doing so would help put a conservative
    (not a Republican, but a REAL conservative)in office, in his place.

  5. 2pence says:

    #1:

    And if he doesn’t write this letter, or speak out on Israel’s behalf, you castigate him for that. But when he does it, it’s only because he’s interested in re-election. There really is no winning with some of you, is there? Of course, you are clairvoyant and truly know his intentions. Right? I’ll bet you also know why the Shoah happened…

  6. mark levin says:

    5, yes i do!!!! HKBH deemed it to be. Among other reasons possibly as part of the kapora for m’chiras yosef.

    and you could look that up!

  7. etzhar says:

    I agree with no 5. Here we have a major move away from what goes on here in the UK (which is constantly against whatever Israel does) and someone tries to get proof that this was a terrorist induced incident not a humanitarian one, and again you can only criticise. wake up you americans you dont have to put up with our British nonsense .. and thank your govt for being a Malchus shel Chessed.

  8. yosse says:

    # 5 action speaks louder then words , and at the moment in my opinion the only reason why our U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is doing something is because he wants to be reelected.
    as to the Shoah , i can only tell you what some of my teachers have told me . it was do to talking during prayer services as one of the reasons why this happened .

  9. YITZCHOKY says:

    Further investigation of the Free Palestine front in america that provided 3 ships. Some of obamas friends are involved like Bill Ayers and maybe they should be charged with aiding a terroist organization, The crooked obama however would not charge his leftist loonies. It must be checked out now and reported

  10. askan says:

    Feverish behind the scenes efforts are being made with Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle to speak out on behalf of Israel. For the hundreds of those leaders who have been silent, shame on you!
    For those like Senator Schumer and Rep.Anthony Weiner who have spoken out, we urge you to speak out more forcefully and more often.Your principled leadership is needed now more than ever. Your Jewish constiuents are desperatly looking for your voice. Those that feel the need to criticize should please aim their well placed and well intentioned wrath and fury and those local Congressmen and women who have been disgracefully quiet and not at those who have actually been speaking out.Reps like Gary Ackerman,Carolyn Maloney,Yvette Clark,Carolyn McCarthy,Gregory Meeks,mike Mcmahon and many others deserve our anger and must heare from us. Sen.Charles Schumer did the right thing today. Thank you Senator. Keep it up-Israel needs you.

  11. shimen says:

    #8 2nd grade or 4th grade teacher?..one majer reason heard from holy tzaddikum is the ‘haskalah’ that made a chubun in klall yiroel..and it came from the country where it started

  12. Your Sister says:

    Wow! Senator Schumer must be really worried about getting re-elected.

  13. No Worries says:

    #5, Schumer is a do-nothing, last minute, after-thought senator on EVERY issue. Far cry from the mentch that Al D’Amato was who we not so kindly did not show our appreciation to by letting Chuck take the seat.

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