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Are major charitable organizations supporting terrorist organizations through tax-deductible donations while denying aid to those they claim to serve?

Doctors Without Borders, the Syrian Emergency Task Force, the International Rescue Committee, the Syrian American Medical Society, the White Helmets, Syrian Forum USA, Islamic Relief USA, CARE, the Syrian American Council, and other major tax-deductible charities all advertise that they are providing humanitarian aid to Syrians. Their ads appear in Facebook, Twitter and other social media on a regular basis. But their aid is not reaching 6.5 million displaced and needy Syrians in Syria.

Some of the international charities do excellent work in other countries, but in the small portion of Syria where they provide services and supplies through proxies, their work is under the control of al-Qaeda affiliates and their aid is directed primarily to the fighters and their families.

This is the case for both medical services like Doctors Without Borders, and for delivery of food, medical and other relief supplies, hoards of which have been discovered in massive quantities in terrorist headquarters after removal of the terrorists. The civilians in areas formerly held by the fighters report that they often had to pay extortionist sums to get services or supplies.

The vast majority of displaced persons are in government-controlled Syria, where U.S. siege sanctions do not permit international organizations to distribute aid through Syrian charitable organizations such as the Syrian Red Crescent, the Syrian equivalent of the Red Cross.

The U.S. claims that humanitarian aid is exempt from the sanctions, but they permit aid to enter these areas only if the foreign charity distributes the aid through its own personnel (paid or volunteer). But very few organizations are prepared to create their own distribution system inside government-controlled Syria, and those who cooperate with terrorists fighting against Syria are not likely to be welcome in those areas.

In fact, only four U.S. charitable organizations can operate in most of Syria. The largest of these is the International Medical Corps, which provides medical aid throughout the world. In Syria it addresses psychosocial trauma, hygiene, malnutrition, and the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides personal protective equipment, and infection prevention and control, but not vaccines. Although it diagnoses malnutrition and reports that it is widespread, there is no indication that it provides actual food, perhaps for fear of violating U.S. sanctions.

The other three are tiny. One is the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. It is authorized to operate in Syria, but there is no indication that it is currently doing so. Its website reports only that the organization offers aid to refugees through its office in Serbia.

Another is SAWA (“together” in Arabic) the Syrian-American Women’s Charitable Association, based in Washington, D.C. It is also authorized to operate in Syria, but serves mainly the refugee population outside. The only aid inside Syria reported on its website is to support another organization, al-Mubarra, to provide clean water to refugees returning to Syria.

The remaining U.S.-based 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization is the Syria Solidarity Movement, a small California-based nonprofit that helps needy Syrians on an individual basis through volunteers.

Its aid includes shelter, medical procedures, economic self-sufficiency and similar measures for destitute Syrians. Separately, it also advocates for human rights, including respect for Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity, an end to U.S., Turkish and Israeli occupation of Syrian territory, and the lifting of all sanctions against Syria.

Paraplegic ambulance driver receives physiotherapy provided by Syria Solidarity Movement. [Source: syriasolidaritymovement.org]
Paraplegic ambulance driver receives physiotherapy provided by Syria Solidarity Movement. [Source: syriasolidaritymovement.org]

More than 30 other international relief organizations, mostly from Europe, also operate in government-controlled areas of Syria. But most are small and not well known, despite the important work that many of them do with often scant means at their disposal.

The best known is probably Oxfam, based in the UK, but it is an exception in terms of size and effectiveness. United Nations agencies like UNHCR and UNICEF also provide relief under conditions limited by the sanctions.

Oxfam distributing aid in Syria. [Source: oxfamamerica.org]
Oxfam distributing aid in Syria. [Source: oxfamamerica.org]

If you have responded to appeals for donations to help Syrians, you have probably learned that almost half the entire Syrian population have fled their homes due to the fighting and destruction since March 2011. The appeals have described the suffering, malnutrition, homelessness, disease, exposure and desperation of the population.

Unfortunately, these appeals come primarily from organizations that have no intention of helping the majority of this needy population. Why? Because this majority fled to government-held areas, never left Syria and chose not to live under the “protection” of terrorist organizations and their Turkish allies in occupied Idlib province and small portions of Aleppo province.

This means that the Syrian government, Syrian civil and charitable groups and the exceptional international organizations operating in government areas had to take responsibility as best they could for these displaced and desperate persons even as major Syrian agricultural and petroleum resources were being confiscated by the U.S. military and draconian sanctions were destroying the Syrian economy. These organizations did their duty and distributed the increasingly meager resources as best they could, but they had no help from most of the organizations that appeal for your donations.

Syria is suffering like few other places on earth. Although in 2010 it was largely self-sufficient, with no debt and healthy exports, that now seems a distant memory. The war is a main factor, of course, but the U.S. is confiscating (stealing) most of Syria’s oil and much of its agricultural production. Worse than all of this, however, have been the crushing economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies.

Six-year-old Ghazzal Khudeir’s father died fighting terrorists and her home was destroyed. She and her mother and two brothers were homeless until the Syria Solidarity Movement got a small apartment for them. Millions more face similar circumstances. [Source: Syria Solidarity Movement]
Six-year-old Ghazzal Khudeir’s father died fighting terrorists and her home was destroyed. She and her mother and two brothers were homeless until the Syria Solidarity Movement got a small apartment for them. Millions more face similar circumstances. [Source: Syria Solidarity Movement]

Social and medical services and education, including university, are free to all Syrians, but the sanctions have severely affected Syria’s ability to deliver those services. Even its once strong pharmaceutical industry cannot import the necessary components to make medications, and its hospitals cannot get replacement parts for medical devices.

The U.S. theft of Syria’s oil is crippling both income and the transportation sector, and its currency has dropped to one-fifth of its former value because the sanctions forbid most banking transactions with Syria. Syria cannot even repair many of the homes destroyed in the fighting, due to a lack of building materials.

The economy is in shambles and the 9% unemployment rate would be much higher if not for the flight abroad of millions of Syrian citizens, many or most of whom would prefer to return home if their country were free of occupying forces and crippling sanctions.

Protest against U.S. sanctions policy in Syria. [Source: bbc.com]
Protest against U.S. sanctions policy in Syria. [Source: bbc.com]

Where are your donations going? Some become aid to Syrian refugees that have fled to other countries. But in many cases, they end up in occupied Idlib, where accountability for the funds is tenuous at best. Idlib has seen a transformation of its traditional population in the last decade.

As al-Qaeda affiliated fighters armed with vast quantities of sophisticated U.S. weaponry (e.g., TOW missiles) began to inflict unsustainable casualties on the Syrian defenders, most Idlib natives fled to other parts of Syria still under government control, emptying the area of its original inhabitants.

In their place came a new population from two sources. First, the large numbers of radical foreign mercenaries began to bring their families from the countries where they were recruited, with the encouragement of the Turkish government and the international alliance that is attempting to install a Salafi/Wahhabi government in Damascus.

Second, as the Syrian army began to turn the tide and retake its territory with the help of its Russian, Iranian, and Lebanese allies, the Syrian government offered the opposition fighters the option of a) amnesty and reintegration into Syrian society or b) safe passage to areas not yet under government control, mainly Idlib.

The first option was open only to Syrian nationals, so the second became the choice of many foreign mercenaries as well as some diehard Syrian opposition fighters. This is how Idlib came to be populated by a dizzying array of al-Qaeda affiliates speaking a diverse group of languages and dialects, only one of which is Syrian Arabic.

Members of al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra in Idlib Province, Syria. [Source: cfr.org]
Members of al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra in Idlib Province, Syria. [Source: cfr.org]

As the territories held by the non-Kurdish Syrian “opposition” shrunk to less than 3% of the total area of Syria—mostly Idlib province—so did the size of the population they served, probably less than a million, with a large percentage of non-Syrians.

Furthermore, the control of that territory was split among hundreds of al-Qaeda affiliates of different sizes, each of which usually refuses access to international aid agencies in their mini-realm. As a result, the charities came up with a protocol that paired them with local opposition partners (aka Civil Service Organizations) registered in Turkey, many of them organized into an umbrella organization called the Syria Relief Network.

[Source: reliefweb.int]
[Source: reliefweb.int]

These opposition CSOs act as proxies to deliver the aid through intermediaries that are trusted by the opposition groups. Baytna Syria is another organization that facilitates meetings in Turkey between the local proxies and the armed groups in order to arrange the protocols and logistics for the aid to be delivered to them at their camps within occupied Syria.

[Source: scm.bz]
[Source: scm.bz]

The protocol was described in early 2017 in “Localisation and cross-border assistance to deliver humanitarian health services in North-West Syria: a qualitative inquiry for The Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria,” which gives a good picture of the situation as it was in 2016. By 2021 the players had changed and much of the territory was back in government hands, but the description still quite accurately reflects the “remote monitoring” of aid administration, with two or more degrees of separation between the international charities and the recipients.

This leaves accountability opaque at best for aid distribution, and at worst significant skimming by the intermediaries and the governing councils of the recipient groups. As the report says, “some local charities that claim to focus their work on orphans or widows actually only cater to orphans and widows of opposition fighters.” And even when the aid goes to its intended population rather than to intermediaries, to what extent is it helping needy Syrians rather than immigrant populations from other parts of the world?

Aid is not always going to the neediest people. [Source: thenewhumanitarian.org]
Aid is not always going to the neediest people. [Source: thenewhumanitarian.org]

In sum, the main international charity organizations are doing nothing to make things better for most Syrians, and their appeals for funds are misleading, since they fail to state that they do not operate in most of Syria. They do not transparently acknowledge in their appeals that they only serve small portions of Syria under the rule of al-Qaeda and its affiliates, or that some of its “local partners” have strong connections to the terrorists and that a significant portion of the population served is not even Syrian.

Sadly, this is what we have come to expect from “charitable” organizations that function at the behest of U.S. interests. Even when they provide needed aid, they do so only when it also serves U.S. hegemony in territories of interest to U.S. foreign policy. Furthermore, some get huge government grants but barely provide aid at all.

The White Helmets, for example, have received considerably more than \$60 million. These funds are primarily for operations, liaison, legal counsel, administration, public relations and film production (propaganda), news feeds to networks and publications, and similar activities. Even their rescue work has been directed primarily to the fighters and their families.

Such organizations must therefore be considered allies of, or adjuncts to, the “rebel” fighters that the U.S. supports with lavish military aid that typically gets used by terrorist groups that the U.S. claims to be fighting but which the U.S. tacitly supports if they are against the Syrian government.

U.S.-funded White Helmets assist in public execution in rebel-held Syria. [Source: twitter.com]
U.S.-funded White Helmets assist in public execution in rebel-held Syria. [Source: twitter.com]

Regrettably, the U.S. perceives the death, destruction and destitution of the Syrian people to be a desirable part of its campaign against Syria. The irony is that, by devoting billions of U.S. dollars of taxpayer money to create misery for Syrians, it also denies its own citizens the use of these funds for their benefit, bringing misery to them as well.

 

(Republished from Covert Action by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Notsofast says:

    the saddest part of all of this is the way these groups that probably had all the best intentions in the world, turned into tools of oppression. twenty years ago my mother asked me to recommend a good charity to give to and i recommended dwb, sorry mom for the bad advice.

    • Replies: @Joe Wong
    , @Wild Bill
  2. Rich says:

    Terrible, pointless war against Syria. Shame this nonsense can’t stop.

  3. Excellent research and detailed information in this article. Well done.

    It is such a heart-breaking scenario. Yet, I believe that the Syrian people will prevail.

    One of the charities mentioned, Doctors Without Borders, is a very suspect outfit. They started off as an early 70s, Maoist inspired, radical chic French charity, going to warzones and being daring. I suspect that they were a deep state setup, right from the start. If they weren’t then, then they are now. Their role in Libya has been particularly flagrant, in aiding regime change, and being a conduit for “human rights” stories which are pro-war propaganda.

    • Replies: @joe2.5
  4. In the brief time I’ve been here, this is the best article I’ve seen. In the past Doctors Without Borders was my go-to charity, but that ended when I heard of their highly questionable activities.

    Oxfam? It’s a British outfit, and at the present time I trust nobody from that nation. If anything, the Brits are even worse than the US with their behavior.

    If Mr. Larudee ever learns of any reliable charities which actually assist the non-terrorist Syrians or the Palestians in either the West Bank or Gaza, I’d appreciate his publishing the information here or elsewhere.

    I never thought I’d see the day when the US of A ‘weaponized’ charity, and deliberately starved foreign peoples in non-war situations simply to do the will of the ****hole Apartheid state.

    • Agree: chris, Robjil
    • Thanks: Thor Walhovd
    • Replies: @donut
    , @Paul Larudee
  5. Anonymous[194] • Disclaimer says:

    This is all the fault of the U.S. government, specifically Barack Obama and the dead-too-late John McCain. U.S. invading troops out of Syria please and thank you.

  6. joe2.5 says:
    @TitusAlone

    I suspect that they were a deep state setup, right from the start. If they weren’t then, then they are now

    They certainly became so before Bernard Kouchner was promoted to become minister in various governments.

  7. @Rich

    It is terrible, yes. Pointless? No, it is not. It is actually part and parcel of the “Greater israel project” A terrorist war for apartheid israel, signed and delivered by jihadists för israel under many guises, names and colours (Al-Queida, Al-Nusra, El Sham, etc.etc.), including western NGOs, “humanitarian” agencies and of course western states (UK; US, France, Germany, Sweden, etc.).

  8. @Rich

    ‘Terrible, pointless war against Syria. Shame this nonsense can’t stop.’

    There is a point. Syria is a state that opposes Israel. The point of the war is to reduce Syria to anarchy.

    • Agree: mc23
    • Replies: @Bro43rd
    , @Realist
  9. Talisker says:

    Great piece of investigative journalism, thanks for your work Paul.

    • Replies: @Paul Larudee
  10. Dumbo says:

    Sadly, most charity organizations today are either scam, fronts for money laundering, or diverting funds for other evil purposes. Help or give money directly to the people in need, but do not support such organizations, unless you really know where the money goes.

  11. Thank you for this article.
    I wrote a dissertation on “aid” many decades ago. “Aid” is one of the biggest criminal scams on the planet, at all levels. Most donations go to upkeep big offices, fat salaries of “aid” executives (many of whom retire on fat pensions), into the pockets of officials in recipient countries or as real aid to real terrorists who are allies of western govts.
    People should think very seriously abt BDS and about withdrawing your support for western govts who are carring out this slaughter. This includes those who may be connected to “aid” agencies, NGOs, military etc.

    Rule of thumb —
    please give to victims of zio-masonic terror/agencies that combat them.
    avoid anything UN and all the big agencies like Oxfam etc.
    find small local charities or people you know personally.
    stop supporting this global zio-horror.

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @JM
  12. Anon[357] • Disclaimer says:

    Doctors Without Borders is a evil deep state entity. Stay far far away, also never believe any of their reports – they are simply evil

    Signed – one who experienced first hand their lies and depredations

    I would guess ( speculate ) the only Charity worth donating to for Syria is the Syria Orthodox Church. They might be neutral and definitely have direct links to Syrians inside Syria. website link of US arm of this Church
    https://syrianorthodoxchurch.org/directories/world/america/

    • Agree: Thor Walhovd
    • Thanks: chris, Robjil, InnerCynic
    • Replies: @Paul Larudee
  13. sulu says:

    All charities are scams of one sort or another. So many spend most of their money on keeping their employs living in luxury while a small amount of the money, if any, goes to the stated purpose. Many times they are just a front for another purpose. If you give money to charities you’re a sucker.

    Sulu

    • Agree: Maddaugh
    • Replies: @Dumbo
  14. Iraq sanctions 2.0.
    The US is a malignant tumour, metasitising here & there, sending out its toxic tendrils to create death & disease, & desperation across the planet.

    Shame & infinite sadness.

  15. I would have expected Russia and China to do more to help the Syrian people. Russia has got a huge air and seaport in Syria. Could not aid be sent to Russia and subsequently be delivered to one of those ports?

    • Agree: chris, InnerCynic
    • Replies: @Paul Larudee
  16. Bro43rd says:
    @Colin Wright

    The goal is chaos not anarchy, 2 wholly different concepts.

  17. Biff says:

    Reason #268 I don’t give to charities – money corrupts all

  18. The war is a main factor, of course, but the U.S. is confiscating (stealing) most of Syria’s oil and much of its agricultural production.

    How so? I need a lot more data. What is the legal basis of this confiscation and what is happening to this oil and agricultural production?

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  19. Aren’t Moslems supposed be looking after each other? I would think that the fifty-seven Islamic countries would be eager to help their fellow religionists out and not beg the “evil” West for help. No shame in their game, is there?

    • Replies: @Maddaugh
    , @Paul Larudee
  20. Dumbo says:
    @sulu

    I always found it strange that big charities (such as Oxfam) appear to have a lot of money for advertising in huge billboards and TV commercials, and to pay young people to go out and ask for donations in the streets, besides all the employees that they have at their offices.

    Not to mention “charities” like the SPLC who have lots, lots of money…

    And all those other “charities” by zillionaires, like the ones of Bill & Manlinda Gates, the Chan Zuck, etc. There must be a huge scam there, it’s not possible that these people are giving money away and yet always getting richer…

    I say, just give to your local church (if it’s not a Globo-Homo church). Or directly to panhandlers. Yes, maybe they will use the money for drugs or booze, but at least you know it goes to themselves.

    • Replies: @Maddaugh
  21. Realist says:
    @Colin Wright

    There is a point. Syria is a state that opposes Israel.

    Speaking of Israel…there is no greater charity scam than the Internation Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Jews asking Christians to donate to Israel is the height of chutzpah.

    IFCJ is one of Tucker Carlson’s commercial supporters.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @One-off
  22. The Anglo-Saxon war machine and their white settler state cheering squads actually deployed Apache helicopters to destroy the Syrian wheat crop in the peak of both of the last two growing seasons. The Satanic cruelty of these formulaic and blatant war crimes overseas now comes home to roost in the pre-genocidal, racist rhetoric and “vax” mandates being pushed by the Democrat ruling classes at the federal, state and local levels.

    The more I think about the big picture, and what we children of empire have tolerated from our leaders in recent decades, the more it all smells like karmic justice. What goes around comes around, as they say.

  23. Maddaugh says:
    @Chinaman's Nightmare

    CN :

    Moslems from Country A dont give a shit about Moslems from Country B. Lots of times they dont even care about the Moslems in their own country. Its the old story, we love you provided you live somewhere else !

    Not a single one of them want those pesky Palestinians, not even Saudi Arabia with all its mega wealthy Sheiks. Besides, why take in a relative when you have a sucker (the Western Countries) to house the vagrant.

    Per the Moslem code most relationships are loving>>>>>>>>>from afar !! LOL

    The giggle is that people are fooled by the “brotherhood” of Islam. However, where religion is concerned, even among Jews, its every dog for himself. God does not enter the equation. Even HE is afraid to to stick his finger in the cog wheels of his own creation !

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @anon
  24. Maddaugh says:
    @Dumbo

    I always found it strange that big charities (such as Oxfam) appear to have a lot of money for advertising in huge billboards and TV commercials, and to pay young people to go out and ask for donations in the streets, besides all the employees that they have at their offices.

    If you peruse the financial statements of Oxfam and other similar organisations, you will find, to your surprise, that an inordinate amount of money goes to TAH DAH………staff compensation and perks.

    The CEO’s of some of these shyster cartels make \$600,000 plus per year. Ever so often, there is a junket to some shit hole “to study the root causes of poverty”, to “plan how to bring equity” to some God forsaken country or to “empower peasant women”.

    The staff of these places live better and travel more than the suckers stumping up their cash. Like the congregation in the Catholic churches who make the Sunday donation and catch the bus while the Good Father tools around the parish in an Audi SUV.

    I never give to these people. If I see a street person without footwear, clothes or hungry or panhandling, I will give them money to take care of things or buy a meal. I think charity should be direct rather than to some high sounding charity that skims the donations and lives high on the hog.

    • Agree: Mustapha Mond
  25. Thomasina says:
    @Henry's Cat

    Back when Syria was more in the news, there were many, many reports of convoys of tanker trucks heading out of Syria, loaded with oil.

    You’d have to read some history of Syria. It’s out there. The U.S., under the guise of helping the Kurds (who are in the northeast corner of Syria), just took over the area where the oil is. There were also good articles on what was happening with agriculture, and who controlled it.

    Just google “Syria oil being stolen” or “Syria and the global banking system”, etc.

    Syria’s leader, an ophthalmologist by training, was being pushed to open up the country to western banks. He did open up some, but not fast enough for the bankers.

    It’s the same old story. If you dare go up against the global bankers, you are doomed (Iran, Libya, Iraq, Syria).

    • Thanks: Robjil
  26. donut says:
    @Zachary Smith

    Agree , especially about Oxfam , a leftist progressive fraud and rotten to it’s core .

  27. @Realist

    ‘IFCJ is one of Tucker Carlson’s commercial supporters.’

    That’s regrettable; hopefully they’re wasting their money. You can have ideological purity, or winning numbers.

    You’ll find them hard to combine. Not that I have the choice, but I’d rather have Carlson as President than Biden.

    • Replies: @Realist
  28. Che Guava says:
    @Rich

    I agree, can’t believe the level of bastardry by the U.S. in particular. One can expect the Turkish govt. to act like wild pigs.

    Just get the fuck out, and hands off Syria, arseholes!

    A very informative article. A good-hearted friend volunteered for Medicins sans Frontieres many years ago, but I have been very suspicious of their activities, statements, motives, and alignment of more recent years, for well over a decade.

    The article is literally painful to read, but thank you Mr. or M. Larudee for spelling it out, I had no idea of the scale of this aid bullshit.

  29. RobinG says:
    @Arthur MacBride

    I wrote a dissertation on “aid” many decades ago…

    What do you know about Anera?
    https://www.anera.org/

    • Replies: @Paul Larudee
  30. Joe Wong says:
    @Notsofast

    In the 80’s and 90’s, the Western Charity organizations and NGOs held a lot of super star charity donation concerts in the name of helping the poor Africans and South Americans. The concerts held in huge open sites with expensive tickets, and international super stars performed there for free to help the “causes”.

    Those Western charity organizations and NGO collected hundreds of millions if not billions (it is worth a lot more than today’s money) dollars from those concerts, but nobody knows where did those money go. Later the stars realized they were abused and cheated, they stopped answering the calls from the Western charities and NGOs, and finally those charity scam frenzies died off.

    Western governments also promised generous aids, somebody did a study about those aids and found out only 10% of those aids actually materialized. But non of the recipients dared to complain for the fear to be punished by the western donors, like not getting aids next time, being smeared as corrupted nation, etc.

    Also the aids were used to help donor nations’ businesses and for NGOs to expand their power to meddle the recipient nations’ politics.

  31. RobinG says:
    @Maddaugh

    The rabid cur Maddaugh shits the carpet again!

    Many majority Muslim countries host Palestinian refugees, notably Jordan and Lebanon, but they were given the best status in Syria.

    • Replies: @Chinaman's Nightmare
  32. Wild Bill says:
    @Notsofast

    Don’t blame yourself, it has ever been thus. Even Orwell recounts in “Down and Out In Paris and London” how society’s volunteers were exploited by the slum landlords. It seems that people of a higher moral fabric must come with a magnetism for predatory scum. Syria was obviously a target waiting to happen, with “no debt and good exports” and owning the oil in the Golan as well as the other fields. And, look, now the USA says Israel owns the Golan and the USA itself is busy robbing Syria of the other oil wealth utilizing its military to do so.

  33. @Zachary Smith

    Thank you, Zachary.

    The names of 501(c)(3) US chartered Syrian charities that are not part of the scam are in the article. The one dearest to my heart is the Syria Solidarity Movement, which also advocates for an end to illegal intervention by the US, NATO, Turkey, Israel and the hydrocarbon monarchies. There’s a larger number of non-US charities that also are authorized to function in most of Syria, but I’m less familiar with them. UN charitable agencies also do good but limited work.

    Some of the Palestinian charities are Middle East Children’s Alliance and the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund as well as United Palestinian Appeal. A small group called the Palestinian Children’s Welfare Fund also takes on orphan projects such as bail for imprisoned mothers of small children, summer camps for children surrounded by Israeli settlements and similar. I’m sure I’m missing some, but hopefully that will give you a place to start. I’ve never tried to be a clearinghouse for Palestinian charities, but hopefully this is helpful.

  34. @Talisker

    Thanks. Was fortunate to find some obscure but key sources.

  35. @Anon

    Yes, all of the Catholic and Orthodox charities that operate in Syria are also good choices.

  36. @Contraviews

    They are in fact doing quite a lot, but in most cases we would find ourselves in violation of US sanctions by sending donations to them.

  37. @Chinaman's Nightmare

    Syria is a largely secular country. Most Syrians are highly tolerant of other religions. Nevertheless, the current constitution has a requirement that the president must be Muslim. Lots of Syrians don’t like it, even Muslims, but it was included as an attempt to placate the minority of very conservative and radical Muslims. It didn’t work.

    • Replies: @Chinaman's Nightmare
  38. @RobinG

    As far as I know, their work is good, although they cooperate with Israeli authorities too much for my comfort.

    • Thanks: Arthur MacBride
  39. One-off says:
    @Realist

    It is an absolutely disgusting organization, even more evil than the grifts run by the money-laundering terrorist “charities” ADL and SPLC. Notice there never is a Syrian Christian who is in dire need in a commercial? The money is only funneled to the Zionists and what is not stolen goes to Israel to murder Arab children. Donate directly to the Syrian Orthodox Church. There also are organizations that assist Druze orphans and widows, but check each individually and make certain it isn’t connected to the terrorists in Israel and its mercenaries in the UK and US.

    • Thanks: Realist
  40. @RobinG

    He specifically referred to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is supposed to be the guardian of the two “holy” mosques, so, why aren’t there those unfortunate refugees or is it because Palestinians aren’t good enough for uppity Saudis.

  41. @Paul Larudee

    “Syria is a largely secular country. Most Syrians are highly tolerant of other religions.”

    Perhaps, Syria is more tolerant of the so called “people of the book” but I doubt very much that they would accept a Greek to be their leader. In fact, without the carrot and stick, the Alwaites might not have been able to control the Sunni majority, even in the father’s time and we can clearly see it hasn’t gotten any better under the rule of the favorite son.

    • Replies: @JM
  42. anon[804] • Disclaimer says:

    Cherry pick a white looking Syrian little girl to gain sympathy from whites when in reality most Syrians look like gypsies or your bogstandard brown rapist if they’re males. Europe is being destroyed by these NGO’s. There are only three ways to get to Europe “on foot”.

    The Spanish route which just consists of migrants crossing into Spanish African territory of Ceuta and Melila both on the Magrheb coast. They get into Europe via EU law mandate which transfers them to the European mainland to get processed. This route can be closed if Spain just gives back these worthless territories to Morocco or Algeria.

    The second route is the Libyan route but it’s not really a route since the migrant boats never make it even half way to Lampudusa, the Italian island in between Malta and Libya. NGO’s save these migrant boats around the clock but never transfer the migrants back to Libya, instead to Lampudusa, Sicily or some Italian port. The NGO’s and smugglers have a good grift going on where the NGO’s get paid by EU governments to save migrants if their boats are sinking. The smugglers get paid to get the migrants on the water and then sink the dingey ballon boats with a knife just before they use their SAT phone to call up a NGO boat and give them the coordinates of the sinking vessel. The entire route can be easily closed off if these NGO’s are all sent to jail for human trafficking.

    The third and final route is the most difficult to stop because it relies on Turkey stopping the migrants from leaving their shores. The Turkish land border in Europe was closed up but the migrants now just get on boats off the Turkish west coast in which they can easily make it to the nearest Greek islands in which case EU law mandates that they get transferred to the mainland. The solution to this is to simply get Greece and Bulgaria kicked out of the EU and let Greece protect its borders. Turkey needs to be punished as they think they have a strong hand in the migrant crisis which they think gives them cause to do whatever they want in Syria or repress Kurdish rebels/terrorists.

    It’s all fucked up.

  43. This seems to be the modis opporandi the world over. The lords of free trade only believe in freedom when it suits their purposes. It is sad that in many cases, supposed charitable organizations provided most of their charity to those running the charity. This is even the case in the US itself. This is why the bible says that many will say on the day of judgment, look at the many things that we have done in your name, and their answer will be depart from me for I do not know you.

  44. anon[804] • Disclaimer says:
    @Maddaugh

    Is it really just about religion? Nobody in Poland wants to import black christians even if they’re co-religionists. Non-middle eastern Muslim majority nations like Albania, Kazhkstan, Malaysia, and Indonesia don’t want to import arabs but arabs don’t even want to import there own needy suffering brothers, neither to do their Semitic half brothers the Turks or Iranians want them. Middle eastern people are generally evil that’s why Jews are Jews, they really are Semitic after all.

  45. Let’s be clear, Putin is deliberately prolonging the agony of Syria by his endorsement of…

    1. The Ottoman protected al Qaeda mini caliphate in Idlib
    2. The regular zionist bombing of Syrian infrastructure
    3. The Kurdish Contra Quislings in Eastern Syria

    …and his failure to take decisive action against the illegitimate Amerikastani imperialist war criminals occupying al Tanf and other positions in Eastern Syria.

    In 2019 the Syrian army was poised to take Idlib and eradicate the al Qaeda caliphate there. Putin withdrew Russian air cover, exposing the Syrian units to Ottoman bombing, forcing the Syrians to back down.

    Just as in the Donbass, Putin has proved to be a self-serving, far from reliable, ally. It also harms Russian credibility.

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  46. @anon

    your bogstandard brown rapist if they’re males.

    No wonder you hide behind anonymity.

  47. JM says:
    @Arthur MacBride

    “Aid” is one of the biggest criminal scams on the planet, at all levels.

    That accords with the Australian experience insofar as I’m aware. Case after case…

  48. anon[486] • Disclaimer says:

    Dunno, except my comments are no longer accepted anywhere except if I sign in to Disqus or some other shit where they can record every word I say for evidence. For what crime? Because I hardly ever believe a single word they say?
    That’s it, I lose, you lose: Everybody loses when our opinion is censored by mega billions corporations.
    For profit.
    Internet used to be a decent place to hang out, but now it is pretty much controlled by government and by commercial interests which pay off the government.
    Sad ending to a beautiful flower which had a tiny chance to grow.

  49. JM says:
    @Chinaman's Nightmare

    Perhaps, Syria is more tolerant of the so called “people of the book” but I doubt very much that they would accept a Greek to be their leader.

    Are you for real? I am sure MOST Greeks would see no problem with that at all. Just diseased Leftist Globalists…like yourself perhaps?

  50. anon[307] • Disclaimer says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Putin’s worst mistake or intentional act was showcased in 2015 when it couldmhave finshed the rebel and coukd have prevented America musclimg in .
    Was it under Israeli pressure ? We dont know .

  51. @Rich

    Terrible, yes, by all means, but “pointless”??? Not really. NOT pointless to the illegitimate imperialist oligarchy that runs the US and what is loosely called the American Empire, with its scores of vassals around the globe, including most of Europe. The crime of Syria is wanting to be a sovereign nation with its own system of government in the Middle East, a country, therefore, marked for “regime change” by the mafia in Washington, London, and Paris. Long overdue for the still largely clueless and heavily propagandised American population to get its manure together and realise they are being led by a government that does not represent their proclaimed values, but the values of a sociopathic crime organization.

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