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 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:
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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