The circuitous plot that is the ISIS video saga turned into a pot of odd ingredients last night when it became clear that the charity which underwrote ISIS captive Alan Henning’s trip to Syria has clear and disturbing links to extremists on three continents.
In April this year, the UK Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, opened a statutory inquiry into Al–Fatiha Global and what it called ‘serious concerns about the governance and financial management of the charity’.
The Slog has established that Al-Fatiha has used its activities as a cover for the shipment of arms to Hamas.It also has a track-record of campaigning for the release of convicted Al Q-aida bombers.
It also has clearly discernible links to the International Solidarity movement, a hard-left US based extremist group whose focus is on ‘assisting the Palestinian cause in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’ – a euphemism for lying about Israeli violence and generally ‘delegitimising the State of Israel’. It in turn has links to Al Baghdadi and the Syrian rebels who morphed into ISIS. Astonishingly, earlier this year the BBC based a short clip alleging Israeli attacks on children in Gaza, without revealing the provenance of the source as ISM.
A spokeswoman for Al-Fatiha said the charity had no comment to make on the reports, but no comment is required: the shot at the top of this piece shows Mr Henning clearly in the company of Al-Fatiha adherents. Over the last 48 hours I have been able to establish that the British subject did take part in the land excursion to Syria and was kidnapped within 30 minutes of his arrival.
It remains unclear as to the complicity of Al-Fatiha in the kidnapping, but suspicions are certain to be aroused given the mountain of evidence showing that the charity is funding extremism. There is also no way of ascertaining with any certainty whether Mr Henning knew of the real role of the charity.
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