Israel confiscated materials from the Al-Aqsa Association dedicated to poor families after the Ministry of Defense placed one donor organisation on their list of terrorist organisations two weeks ago.
Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) to confiscate without warning a large sum of money from the bank account belonging to the Al-Aqsa Association. The Association has collected money from the Palestinian territories to implement their Ramadan projects in Jerusalem and outside Palestine as well as to fund Iftar for tens of thousands of fasting people in the Al-Aqsa mosque and in Arab towns. The money was also meant to fund food packages including basic materials to meet the needs of poor families suffering from the constant harassment of the Israeli authorities that limit their movement and chances of a dignified life.
The Al-Aqsa Association organises dozens of buses every day for prayer and rabat in the mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, and provide thousands of meals within yards of the mosque in Jerusalem and other cities.
The Ministry of Defense justified its move by claiming that the Al-Aqsa Association had received funds from a Malaysian Palestine safety organisation that was put on the Israeli governments terrorist list two weeks ago.
Director of the Al-Aqsa Association responded that:
“The funds that the Malaysian safety organisation have donated during the past year has been entirely spent on the implementation of relief and educational projects before the unjust decision by the Israeli government to call the organisation illegal.”
He also said that the Association will not accept the confiscation of these funds and will do everything in their power to recover the money to help the poor.
Head of the Islamic Movement Sheikh Hammad Abu Daabs condemned the Israeli confiscation of the money as well as their decision to put the Malaysian security organisation on the list of terrorists and urged them to reverse its unjust decision. He vowed that the Islamic Movement would stand behind the Al-Aqsa Association and support them in completing their charity programs during the holy month of Ramadan and after.