Amin Abu Rashid
|Amin Abu Rashid
(aka Amin Abu-Ibrahim)
|Born||1966/1967 (age 47–48)|
According to a U.S. government exhibit and other sources, Rashid was a member of the Al-Aqsa Foundation in Rotterdam. The al-Aqsa Foundation has been described by the United States as a "critical part of Hamas' transnational terrorist support infrastructure" which "uses humanitarian relief as cover to provide support to the Hamas terrorist organization". In May 2003 the al-Aqsa Foundation was designated by the United States Department of the Treasury as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity. As a result of this designation, all assets of the al-Aqsa Foundation have been blocked. Other nations, including the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Switzerland, have also banned the al-Aqsa Foundation.
In December 2009, Middle East Monitor described him as the head of a delegation from the Conference of Palestinians in Europe.
Role in Gaza-bound flotillas
De Telegraaf reported in June 2011 that Rashid, who the paper described as the "brain" behind the flotilla, helped arrange the purchase of a Dutch ship for use in the flotilla, allegedly organized the majority of the funding for the flotilla, and had been seen training with the flotilla crew in Greece.
The participation of Hamas member Amin Abu Rashid in the flotilla, who is known for fundraising money for Hamas terror operations, is clear proof that this is not a humanitarian flotilla, but a provocation and a terror operation in disguise of a flotilla. In the previous flotilla, Abu Rashid expressed his intentions to clash with IDF soldiers and we must take into account that this will be his intention in the current flotilla.
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