Bank tar­gets meoverGaza, says Mus­lim

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

HSBC’S DE­CI­SION to close bank ac­counts be­long­ing to a num­ber of Bri­tish-based Mus­lim groups and their lead­ing fig­ures has caused anger.

Among those af­fected are the Fins­bury Park Mosque and the Ummah Wel­fare Trust, which raises funds for Pales­tini­ans in the West Bank and Gaza.

Anas Altikriti, founder of the Cor­doba Foun­da­tion think tank and a lead­ing Mus­lim ac­tivist in Bri­tain, said HSBC had in­formed him, his wife and two sons, that their per­sonal ac­counts would be closed. He said the bank had pro­vided no ex­pla­na­tion for its de­ci­sion.

On Twit­ter Mr Altikriti, for­mer head of the Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tain, which rep­re­sents the Is­lamist Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in this coun­try, added: “The only ex­pla­na­tion that comes to mindis­my­work­for#Pales­tine&#Gaza. If not, then I call on HSBC to deny it.

“If HSBC or who­ever’s be­hind this thought that it would de­ter me or my fam­ily, then they have mis­cal­cu­lated. Big time. #Gaza”

In a state­ment HSBC said the clo­sures were not based on race or re­li­gion.

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