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November 18, 2014

Emirates Includes Two U.S. Muslim Charities on Terror List

Two U.S.-based Islamic nonprofits denied any links to terrorist movements after being included on a United Arab Emirates watch list that also includes al-Qaeda and Islamic State, Bloomberg writes. The Council on American-Islamic Relations called its inclusion "shocking and bizarre," and the Muslim American Society said it would seek U.S. government help to address the report.

The UAE, a federation of emirates that is supporting the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State, has cracked down on groups it considers financial or ideological backers of militant jihadists. A State Department spokesman said the U.S. government is "seeking to gain more information" on why the list names the two charities, which proclaim advocacy and community-service missions.

Muslim nonprofits are also facing heightened scrutiny in Britain, according to The Guardian, which reports that Islamic organizations have been the subject of more than a quarter of investigations launched by the regulatory Charity Commission since April 2012. The newspaper reviewed commission records obtained by freedom-of-information requests. A commission spokesperson said the agency "does not target Muslims, any other religion or type of charity."