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4 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I January 2009
Banks accused of targeting
Muslim charities
Save the Ummah
British banks are being accused shows there is a conceited attempt
of systematically targeting Muslim to stop the good work in politically-
charities after a second humanitarian sensitive regions by leading British
organisation had its accounts closed. Muslim charities,” Ahmed said in a
Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT), statement obtained by IRNA.
which carries out relief operations in The Muslim Council of Britain
more than 20 countries, expressed its (MCB) criticized what it called the
‘dismay’ in receiving a 30 day notice ‘summary closures and denial of
from Barclays Bank without any services’ by the banks towards
apparent reason. institutions affiliated to its umbrella
The closing of its accounts comes organisation.
after Interpal, Britain’s leading charity “We are deeply worried by these
operating in the occupied territories, developments because in every
and the banks concerned and have
had a similar notification about Lloyds reported instance no explicit reasons
been assured that the matter is dealt
TSB no longer clearing its cheques. are given by the banks,” said MCB
with utmost urgency,” he added.
UWT, which has been banking deputy secretary general, Daud
Some organisations are so
with Barclays since its inception Abdullah.
incensed by the closure that they
in 2001, criticized the decision to “Clearly those worst affected would
are calling on Muslims to petition
close its accounts as being ‘without not be the officials who administer the
British bank and review who they are
justification’. charities but the tens of thousands
banking with.
“This decision will not only affect of impoverished people who rely on
UWT said that despite the
the great work carried out by UWT their humanitarian aid and support,”
measures it was still able to use
but will affect millions of people who Abdullah warned.
conventional banking facilities to
rely on UWT,” the trust’s director of “We have already communicated
disperse funds for its projects and
operations, Mohammed Ahmed said. our concerns to the highest level of
urged donors to continue to support
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charities in this
way government, the Charity Commission
its projects across the Muslim world.
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