A PORT Elizabeth-based religious publication has called on all Muslims to cancel their accounts with one of South Africa's biggest banks, First National Bank (FNB).
This comes after the bank announced it intended closing the account of a Johannesburg-based non- profit organisation, the Al Aqsa Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), on the basis that it funded "terrorists".
The foundation – a religious, non-political, charitable organisation registered with the Department for Social Development – claims to be "Southern Africa's largest child sponsorship programme for Palestine".
But, The Majlis, a Port Elizabeth publication distributed among Muslims, said in its latest newsletter the foundation had been told by FNB their account was being closed.
"... The US lists the Aqsa Foundation as an organisation providing aid to 'terrorists', hence FNB in subservience to the US command has openly proclaimed its aversion for Muslims and Islam by closing the account of Al Aqsa Foundation purely on the grounds of that organisation providing humanitarian aid to Muslim women and children brutalised by the Israeli occupiers and their US ally," the newsletter read.
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