Amazon Funding Radical Islamists in UK

(Illustrative photo: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
(Illustrative photo: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Amazon is funding a radical Islamist organization as part of its charitable donations program in the UK, The Times charged.

The organization was founded and is still represented by Saudi scholar Haithan al-Haddad, who believes in child marriage, female genital mutilation and stoning women to death for adultery.

Al-Haddad was called “one of the most dangerous men in Britain” by the head of the Quilliam Foundation, a prominent counter-extremist organization.

Haddad’s organization, called the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, was described as the “main Salafist organization in the UK” by the government’s counter-extremism commissioner Sara Khan.

Haddad was named as one of six speakers barred from British universities in 2015 for radicalizing students and “expressing views contrary to British values.”

Yet, Haddad’s organization qualified for the Amazon Smile program, where online shoppers select an approved charity to which the retailer donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price. This is despite the fact that the organization was identified as one of four charities with ties to Islamist extremists. (All four were allowed to join the Amazon charity program.)

Amazon says that to be accepted into its program, the charity must be officially registered and not “engage in, promote or support hatred, intolerance or discrimination based on sex, religion or sexual orientation.”

The following are among Haddad’s extremist beliefs:

  • Husbands should not be questioned about hitting their wives
  • Homosexuality is an evil crime
  • All Western women should submit to Allah and wear the niqab
  • “The younger the better” is the age when a teenage girl should get married
  • FGM “is better for the husband” and “a virtue or honor for women”
  • Western countries are discussing whether to sell aborted fetuses “as meat to be eaten, to be used as a barbecue” by people in east Asia
  • The West will eventually legalize pedophilia
  • “I have received so many requests from Western women who committed adultery,” he said in 2012. “They were begging me to help them to find a way to a Muslim country to be stoned to death.”

The Amazon Smile program was launched in the UK a year ago. It has been running in the U.S. for the past five years. A company representative said the charity in question was approved by the government, however, “due to the serious nature of these concerns, we have referred these allegations to the commission and will be conducting a full review to ensure they do not violate our policies.”

 

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