Germany Bans IHH for Hamas Links

Germany has banned the Frankfurt-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) because it “fights against Israel’s right to exist.”

“Organizations that operate from German soil, directly or indirectly, with the aim of fighting Israel’s right to exist, have forfeited their right to freedom of association,” Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Monday.

According to the Interior Ministry, the German-based IHH, which ostensibly split from the Turkish IHH, funneled money to Hamas.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy told The Jerusalem Post that “With great satisfaction we have noted the German government’s decision to outlaw IHH, the terror organization that was behind the Gaza flotilla.”

Maiziere, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said that IHH “knowingly and deliberately supports organizations that either are under Hamas control or support Hamas themselves...

“The cynical behavior of the IHH is even expressed in its name, International Humanitarian Aid Organization. It exploits the helpfulness of well-meaning donors in order ultimately to support a terrorist organization with money donated for supposedly good causes.”

The Interior Ministry had banned three pro-Hamas organizations since 2002, including al-Aqsa e.V. and YATIM-Kinderhilfe e.V., because of their financial support for the terrorist group.

A spokesman for the ministry told the Post that “funds were provided to Hamas” and “that is reason enough” to ban the IHH. He declined to comment on the amount of money transferred to Hamas. 

....According to Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (the domestic intelligence agency), there are roughly 300 active members of Hamas in Germany.  -JPOST

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