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Qatar Has Funded Dozens of Mosques and Islamic Center Projects in Europe


Titled Qatar Papers – How the emirate finances Islam in France and Europe, the book contains proofs of transfers from Qatar to fund more than 140 projects in Europe, with 50 in Italy alone. It says that the network stretches across many countries, mainly Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany.

The book was authored by French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, Alarabiya reports. 

They say they received the supporting documents on a USB stick from a whistleblower. The dossier includes Qatar Charity’s bank records and its emails along with Qatar Foundation’s data.

Qatar Charity is a controversial organization funded by the Qatari ruling family and listed as a terrorist body by the Anti-Terrorist Quartet which includes the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt.

The book also discussed projects worth €72 million around Europe, including the Averroes de Lille high school, where many staff members are connected to Qatar-backed Muslim communities.

The funds were directed to leading Muslim Brotherhood figures in France and Switzerland, including Mucivi, or Le Musée des civilisations de l’Islam, The book also mentions an employee of the Qatari embassy in Paris, who has strong ties with Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

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