“You can deceive some people some of the time, but you certainly will not be able to deceive all people all of the time” is a saying that strongly applies to the Qatari regime, whose scandals are exposed day after day, especially with regard to financing, supporting and sponsoring terrorism. European newspapers, including the Stuttgarter Zeitung, have reported about the huge financial flows of the Brotherhood in Germany to carry out major terrorist attacks.
The German newspaper published a report stating that, during the past years, Qatar has funded approximately 140 Islamic institutions and centers in Europe with approximately €72 million, indicating that Germany is a primary destination for Qatar’s funds, as Doha has funded ten institutions and projects affiliated with the Brotherhood in Germany.
Millions to Germany’s Brotherhood
The Stuttgarter Zeitung added that Qatar pumped more than €5 million to Brotherhood institutions in Germany by the end of 2016, including €96,000 for the Munich Forum for Islam (MFI), €400,000 to the Dar Assalam Mosque in Berlin, and €300,000 for an institution in the town of Dinslaken in Germany’s western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Qatar also granted funds amounting to €4.4 million for a central Brotherhood foundation in Berlin, but the newspaper did not mention its name.
Formal requests for Qatari money
According to documents seen by the German newspaper, the Maghreb Kulturverein (Maghreb Culture Association) in Stuttgart sent a letter to Qatar Charity in 2015 requesting the support of the Qatari foundation’s president for “the needs of Muslims in the diaspora in Western countries.”
Maghreb Kulturverein asked for €110,000 to purchase a five-storey headquarters, and €300,000 to develop its mosque and a school for memorizing the Quran.
The German newspaper quoted sources at the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany’s intelligence agency, that the Maghreb Kulturverein is part of the Brotherhood network in Germany, along with the German Arab Association in the city of Ulm in southwestern Germany, which also sent a letter to the Qatari foundation requesting support to purchase a house and convert it into a mosque and headquarters for the group.
Germany is very important in Qatar’s foreign strategy, because the Brotherhood-related organizations in Germany are an important partner for Doha and a primary recipient of Qatari support, the Stuttgarter Zeitung reported.
More dangerous than ISIS and al-Qaeda
The German newspaper confirmed that Qatar’s support for the Brotherhood is angering the security forces in Germany and Europe, which consider the Brotherhood as more dangerous than ISIS and al-Qaeda, as it aims to control society by gradually taking control of institutions.
Birgül Akpinar, a prominent German politician from the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told the newspaper that all aspects of the law must be used to combat extremist currents and prevent their financing from abroad.