|03THEHAGUE2593||2003-10-09 13:19:00||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy The Hague|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 002593
1. (C) Summary: Several Dutch organizations have been
identified as assuming the tasks carried out by Al Aqsa
Foundation (NL) in providing support for Hamas. Dutch
authorities are investigating and trying to build a case for
legal action or further asset freeze orders. End Summary.
2. (U) The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported on September
30 that several Dutch non-profits (further details below)
have taken over the activities previously carried out by Al
Aqsa Foundation (Netherlands) in supporting Hamas-related
"social" activities. One of these organizations -- The
Jerusalem Foundation (established 7/03) -- is headquartered
at the same address as Al Aqsa Foundation Netherlands and
indicates providing support for the families of suicide
bombers as one of its activities. The Secretary of the
Jerusalem Foundation is Martine van den Ooever, a Dutch
convert to Islam who studied in Islamic schools in Syria and
dresses in traditional Moslem style. The two other officers
of the Jerusalem Foundation -- Ali Atilla Sonlu and Rashad
Abdil-Rahman Al-Baz -- were also officers of the Al Aqsa
3. (C) Dutch authorities have told us that they have been
investigating the Jerusalem Foundation with the aim of
building a case against it for providing support for Hamas
and/or freezing its assets/financial transactions on the
grounds that it is an alias for
Al Aqsa Foundation. They believe they do not currently have
enough evidence to ensure a victory in a domestic court case.
The investigation continues.
4. (U) Also mentioned by De Telegraaf as having taken over
many of Al Aqsa Foundation's activities is the Al Maktabah
Foundation (details reftel) (located at the former address of
the Al Aqsa Foundation bookshop), the Kifaia Foundation, and
the Israa Foundation (details reftel). Israa Foundation
Treasurer Maurice Raymondo van Ettinger is said to be the
person who influenced van den Ooever to convert to Islam.
5. (SBU) Detailed Information on Jerusalem Foundation
Jerusalem Foundation (Stichting Jerusalem), Gerrit van de
Lindestraat 103E, 3022TH Rotterdam, tel. 31-(0)61-338-8653,
established July 24, 2003. Note that the telephone number
listed is a cellphone.
Secretary: Martine van den Oever, DPOB: November 21, 1978,
Delft, The Netherlands. Address: Verhoeffweg 19D, 2671HT,
Naaldwijk, The Netherlands.
Chairman: Ali Atilla Sonlu, DPOB: January 10, 1959, Polatli,
Turkey. Address: Carboonstraat 121, 6412PB Herleen, The
Netherlands tel. 31-(0)641838640
Treasurer: Rashad Abdil-Rahman Al-Baz, DPON: January 17,
1965, Madaba, Jordan. Address: Blois van Treslongstraat 79,
3132XB, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. The telephone book
lists his address as Blois van Treslongstraat 75, tel.