SYDNEY On July 24, Australian federal police raided the Lakemba office of Muslim Aid Australia. The charity is accused of being linked to Interpal, a Palestinian aid organisation based in Britain.
Interpal has been investigated twice by the British Charity Commission, and was cleared of any links to terrorism both times. Despite this, it has been unsuccessful in its attempts to be removed from the Australian government's list of "banned" organisations, and is still labelled "terrorist" in the US. It is a criminal offence in Australia to have "dealings" with any people or organisations on the proscribed list.