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Boim versus the Holy Land Foundation
Jonathan Benthall

terrorist entities on how to achieve their aims by peaceful means is a form of material support for terrorism. The ruling has been widely criticized in the American media as a threat to peace builders, from President Jimmy Carter down, and to journalists and academic researchers who set out to understand militant political groups. 2 An ethnography of the Supreme Court is clearly needed, though we have an

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Jonathan Benthall

’, and that he had no authority to override the government’s consular decision. In July 2009 a US federal appeals court ruled that a lower court should review whether the consular officer had properly faced Ramadan with the allegations that he had knowingly rendered material support to terrorism. In January 2010, the State Department decided, in a document signed by Secretary

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Jonathan Benthall

West Bank zakat committees advanced by the US government is simple. It is influenced by the publications of Matthew Levitt, the counter-terrorism expert (Levitt 2006 ). The organization of Hamas is likened to a pyramid, with a political section at the top, which rests on a military section, which in turn rests on a broad social welfare section. 4

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Jonathan Benthall

interchange in studying the affiliations, real and imagined, between Islamic charities and terrorist finance. I expressed here reservations about Matthew Levitt’s approach, which I was to expand on in later publications. As regards J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins’s book Alms for Jihad: Charity and terrorism in the Islamic world , Cambridge University Press regrettably

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Jonathan Benthall

negative effects of counter-terrorism measures on bona fide charities was shared by some of the non-Muslim mainstream charities and their consortium groups. However, tensions between the ‘West’ and the Muslim world were particularly strained. It was recalled that freedom ‘to establish and maintain appropriate charitable or humanitarian institutions’ is acknowledged as part of the

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Jonathan Benthall

Haramain, was closed down in 2004 after allegations of supporting terrorism, which remain contentious since it is probable that the main offenders were local operatives who were given latitude by ineffective head office controls to commit nefarious acts (Bokhari et al. 2014 ). In August 2012, WAMY announced a programme of relief and rehabilitation for the Rohingya minority of Myanmar

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
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Jonathan Benthall

entering France in 1995; but after 2004 the United States government was more resolute. [The passage on Tariq Ramadan’s US visa difficulties and their resolution has been omitted here to avoid repetition; see Chapter 7 .] Ramadan has always condemned both terrorism and anti-Semitism: various allegations that he has had contacts with

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Jonathan Benthall

) calls for adaptation to a secret, cellular form of terrorism, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda’s current leader, and its splinter groups set their sights on restoration of the Caliphate at the core of the Muslim world. At the conclusion of his sustained comparative exercise, of which the above is only a specimen, Cook reflects on the dilemma facing all

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
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Jonathan Benthall

transactions and where they nearly all have branches, which makes them liable to be sued for massive sums in American courts as alleged accessories to terrorism (De Goede 2012 ; Keatinge 2014 ). In 2015, British Muslim charities were taking urgent steps to influence government to make it easier for them to operate bank accounts and so respond to almost unprecedented needs in the Middle East and elsewhere

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times