ISLAM / From Catania to Bergamo, this is how Qatar finances the fundamentalists


By Souad Sbai

The allocation of 10 million, with a contribution from “Qatar Charity” of 1 million and 200 thousand euros, aimed at the construction of a three-storey mega-complex covering an area of ​​5,200 square meters, including in addition to the mosque, a cultural center, a library and a center for children: a pole of attraction with a capacity of 1,200 people, whose cornerstone should have been placed at the inauguration of the Milan Expo.

Interviewed by Chesnot and Malbrunot, Di Stefano expressed his opposition to the project because it is oversized compared to the real needs of Sesto San Giovanni and because it is counterproductive to the integration of Muslims residing in the area. But precisely the non-integration is the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood, in order to keep the Islamic communities in Italy and in the rest of Europe in a state of ideological opposition to the societies of the countries that to be conquered.

The fact that the website of the association that promotes the construction of the mosque explicitly indicates that a part of the funding comes from Qatar definitely convinced the Mayor of Sesto San Giovanni to block the project, for fear that the funds will be used to carry out suspicious activities, such as indoctrination and radicalization. The association never responded to the request to present the financial statements of the project explained by Di Stefano.

Another significant episode in which the ambitions of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood in Lombardy were frustrated took place in Bergamo where “Qatar Charity” seems to have incurred fraud. So great was the enthusiasm to build a cultural center that would have been the “lighthouse of Islam in Italy”, that between 2013 and 2014 Doha sent 5 million euros to the coffers of a local Islamic association in seven installments. Later, it was discovered that the huge amounts of funding would have been used for other purposes, a circumstance that the judge will have to determine in the process that is currently underway, which also involves UCOII as an injured party. The bitterness of “Qatar Charity” is clearly expressed in the letter that the executive director, Youssef Al Kuwari, addressed to Imad El Joulani, the alleged perpetrator of the fraud, which was published in Qatar Papers.

However, so far there is no disappointment coming from the southern Italy, where the attention of “Qatar Charity”, without forgetting Campania, Puglia and Sardinia, is concentrated mainly in Sicily. The investments of a religious nature on the island serve to revive the 472 years of Arab-Muslim domination, “during which the region experienced security, stability and the development of all human sciences”, states the brochure in which ” Qatar Charity “presents the new Islamic cultural center in Messina, financed with 457 million euros. Bringing back this mythical past serves to promote the proselytism, aimed at conversion, of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sicily.

In this sense, the text taken from another brochure made by “Qatar Charity” is unequivocal: “The QC projects in Sicily aim to consolidate the Islamic culture on the island and to make the true face of Islam known to all those who are interested in this religion and to those who would like to convert to Islamism. For this reason Qatar Charity builds multi-purpose Islamic centers.” The main partner of “Qatar Charity” on the island is the Islamic Cultural Center of Sicily, also affiliated with UCOII. “Qatar Charity” has donated 1.7 million euros (the total cost of the work was 2.3 million) to build the Mosque of Mercy, in the heart of Catania. At its inauguration, in 2012, the number one of the organization, the so-called general supervisor, Sheikh Ahmad Al Hammadi and the executive director Al Kuwari, along with the Mayor of the city, the prefect and other important Sicilian people intervened.

In the capital, Qatar Papers point to Al Huda mosque in the neighborhood of Centocelle, which was inaugurated in 2015 and has a capacity of over a thousand people, surpassed only by the Great Mosque of Rome, against which the competition is still open. It is a 4-storey complex that, in addition to the mosque, hosts a cultural center, a conference room, a library and a playroom open to the whole community in the district, exhibition spaces and classrooms to teach Islamic culture. The contribution of “Qatar Charity” to build Al Huda was 4 million; a work that cost 5.7 million euros in total.

The documents collected by Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot “show that Qatar Charity has made the Muslim community in Italy – made up of 1.8 million people out of a total of 60 million citizens – the first beneficiary of its investments in Europe” . To the two journalists who asked how it is possible that the Italian authorities allowed Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood to freely promote their fundamentalist agenda throughout the country, the former Minister of the Interior and Under Secretary of the Presidency of the Council with delegation to the information services , Marco Minniti, replies that “the problem is not the entity that finances, but the transparency and purpose” of funding.

In short, for the leader of the Democratic Party it is not a problem that Qatar pays funds aimed at spreading the fundamentalist and militant Islamism of the Muslim Brotherhood in Italy. On these assumptions, “Qatar Charity” does not even have to worry about hiding from the Italian authorities the funds allocated to the Brotherhood and now it is understandable why UCOII signed the “National Pact for an Italian Islam” strongly supported by Minniti when he was a member of the Viminale , while he refused to sign the “Charter of Values” issued by the previous Italian Consulta for Islam.

Starting from the left, the advance of the project of conquest planned by Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood has managed to overwhelm the Italy-system as a whole. We have said and repeated it for years: doing business with Qatar, giving free rein to the proselytizing made by the Muslim Brotherhood in Italy, is not a good business. The repercussions are also serious on the foreign policy front, as shown by the events that are taking place in Libya.

The publication of “Qatar Papers” marks a milestone. Italy must change course and make a common front with the moderate Arab world, freeing itself from the yoke of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood. Which government will succeed?


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