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Screen-Shot-2013-05-06-at-7.39.08-PMUK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Altikriti has reported on his Twitter feed that HSBC Bank has closed his accounts and the accounts of all of his family. According to the tweet:

Last week, #HSBC informed me and my family (my wife and 2 sons) that our personal accounts will be closed. No explanation. @HSBC_UK_Press

 He goes on to allege that the closures are part of HSBC Bank closing down the bank accounts of Palestinian activists:

“#HSBC closing down bank accounts of Palestinian activists and their families. @anasaltikriti #BoycottHSBC pic.twitter.com/BSQ7w5Jl8h #Bds

Altikriti is also saying that the accounts for the Finsbury Mosque and the Cordoba Foundation have also been closed by HSNBC:

Anas Altikriti ?@anasaltikriti We’ve all heard that #HSBC has also closed down accounts for Finsbury Park Mosque, @UWT_UK & The @CordobaFoundati Who next?! @HSBC_UK_Press

Anas Al-Tikriti is the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in that country. In addition to his role at Cordoba, Al-Tikriti is one of the leaders of the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) had for many years been the most active organization in the U.K Muslim Brotherhood but many of the leaders of the MAB left in 2007 to form the BMI. According to an Israeli think-tank report, the breakup appeared to be the result of a conflict between traditionalists in the MAB who were unhappy with the high level of involvement in U.K left-wing politics while those who formed the BMI wished such activity to continue. Altikriti is also head of the Cordoba Foundation, a “think-tank” serving the aims of the UK Muslim Brotherhood.

The Finsbury Mosque had a long history of ties to terrorists and extremist Islamic clerics. It was subsequently closed but then re-opened under the management of the UK Brotherhood, which is to imply that the Brotherhood is not extremist or tied to terrorism in its own right.

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The US-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) tweeted the following a couple of days ago which purports to show that Hamas was not responsible for the kidnapping and killing of the Israeli teens which set off the current Gaza conflict:

July 26, 2014 MPAC @mpac_national It Turns Out #Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All http://nym.ag/1pgXp14  The truth was evident from the beginning

The GMBDW has seen the New York Magazine story linked to by MPAC appear on numerous social media sites but It turns out that the story was based on a misleading citation of a single Twitter post that actually read:

Israeli police Mickey Rosenfeld tells me men who killed 3 Israeli teens def lone cell, hamas affiliated but not operating under leadership

The tweet was used in the New York Magazine story to describe a “lone cell” with the Hamas-affilitation qualifier omitted. Further, sources in Israel tell us that Rosenfeld’s phrasing itself may have been misleading as in general Hamas operatives on the ground have a “green light” and do not have to consult with the higher leadership on everything they do. In any event, an Israeli journalist has posted an extensive analysis of how this story was based on distorted Tweets and reports that Rosenfeld has confirmed his position that the kidnapping and the murder of the teens was carried out by Hamas terrorists:

The Israel Security Service (Shin Bet) spokesman and the Prime Minister’s Office have not confirmed or changed their view that Hamas is responsible. Meanwhile, Mickey Rosenfeld told me on Sunday “I said and confirmed what is known already, that the kidnapping and the murder of the teens was carried out by Hamas terrorists from Hebron area and the security organizations are continuing to search for the murderers.”  New York Magazine continues to carry its falsified headline and continues to provide claims about non-existent “officials.”

Read the rest here.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) was established originally in 1986 as the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California whose leaders had backgrounds suggesting they were associated with the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. MPAC has since developed into the political lobby arm of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and has opposed almost every counterterrorism action proposed or carried out by the U.S. government, often suggesting that the efforts were aimed at the U.S. Muslim community. MPAC has also acted to support a variety of Palestinian terrorist organizations as well as facilitating a wider range of terrorism by defending or justifying violence carried out by Islamic groups. Nevertheless, MPAC has developed particularly extensive relationships with agencies of the U.S. government including meetings with the Department of Justice and the FBI. MPAC and its leaders have made anti-Semitic statements that assert or imply an organized Jewish effort to defame and exclude U.S. Muslims from U.S. political life and has engaged in frequent and virulent demonization of Israel including describing Israeli actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a “rape of the soul of the Islamic people”, asserting that the objective of Israeli actions in Gaza was “gross killings of Palestinian civilians, including women and children”, and accusing supporters of Israel of using tactics similar to Hitler’s.

For a further report on MPAC extremism, go here.

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The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has reported that its President Mohamed Magid spoke with US Vice President Joseph Biden during an interfaith Iftar dinner in order to express concerns over the loss of life in Gaza. According to the report:

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Islamic Society of North America

July 24, 2014 On July 22nd, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) President Imam Mohamed Magid spoke with Vice President Joseph Biden while attending an interfaith iftar dinner, to express the American Muslim community’s concern for the loss of innocent lives in Gaza.

Other guests included Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Rep. James Moran (D-VA) and local representatives from the Jewish and Christian faith traditions.

According to the most recent reports, over 700 Palestinians were killed with 4,000 injured. Over 80% of them were civilian. Three Israeli civilians and 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed since the conflict began over two weeks ago.

Imam Magid along with Christian and Jewish leaders who attended the interfaith iftar dinner, conveyed the message of respect for human life, a principle common in all three Abrahamic faiths. They also emphasized the importance of collaboration in establishing an environment of dialogue and understanding between faith traditions.

While the ISNA report is characteristically restrained, in line with its recent statement on the Gaza conflict, the report goes to identify what are described as efforts “being made by Muslims and our interfaith partners to put an end to the violence” and uses the example of the nodeadkids.com website where the ISNA report says over 53,000 letters have been sent to congressional representatives. However, the graphics used at this site as well as a link to a New York Times article on John Kerry suggest to us that the intent of the site goes beyond concern for children into the realm of political propaganda.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) describes itself as “an independent, open and transparent membership organization that strives to be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America by contributing to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large. In fact, ISNA emerged out of the early U.S. Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure and documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the organization was part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. In June 2013, the GMBDW posted a detailed analysis of why we are deeply skeptical of ISNA and its apparent acceptance by the current US government and other parties as a moderate organization. Our report from July on ISNA’s failure to disclose its own relationship to organizations represented by individuals target for NSA surveillance did nothing to alter our position. It seems to us that at this point, ISNA represents the US Muslim Brotherhood “good cop” in the classic psychological tactic used for interrogation where a team of two interrogators take apparently opposing approaches to the subject. The “bad cop” in this scenario is clearly the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) whose Twitter feed during the Gaza conflict shows that it misses no opportunity to pour fuel on the fire with accusations such as this which later prove to be erroneous. The arrangement appears to be working well for both parties as it would seem unlikely that CAIR could ever completely reinvent itself, particularly as long as it is headed by the same Hamas-tied leadership which created the organization.

For a profile of ISNA, go here.

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Th UK-based Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-awsat has published a review of Egyptian television coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood during this year’s Ramadan and titled “Ramadan TV vs. the Muslim Brotherhood.” The report begins:

3543827_370July 27, 2014 As Ramadan draws to a close, anyone who watched the slew of Egyptian television dramas will have noticed the increasingly critical manner in which the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as other extremist groups, are being dealt with.

This year’s Ramadan TV dramas have featured intense attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood and its members, criticism of its hierarchical structure and secret mechanisms, as well as its controversial discourse and maneuvering.

This was only to be expected given the state of public anger in Egypt towards the Muslim Brotherhood. This anger towards the Brotherhood burns even fiercer among Egypt’s artists and entertainers, given the Islamists’ attempts to clamp down on the entertainment industry during the Mursi administration. This period witnessed a marked rise in censorship, and we can all recall the attempts made by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters to slander a number of celebrated Egyptian actresses, such as Elham Shahin.

The majority of Egyptian Ramadan TV dealt with the Muslim Brotherhood in one way or another, whether explicitly or implicitly. The series Tufahet Adam (‘Adam’s Apple’) included a plot-line about a dangerous professional conman who is able to trick a number of people by posing as a Muslim Brotherhood ideologue. This character is able to trick media figures and revolutionary youth alike and can be viewed as a comment on Muslim Brotherhood policies during the previous period. The show also features, naturally, a cadre of corrupt state security officers affiliated to the former regime. However, what is even stranger is that this television series also included room for albeit limited criticism of the revolutionaries.

Read the rest here

For more coverage of Egyptian TV and the Muslim Brotherhood, see this MEMRI report.

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A Turkish news portal has reported on a pro-Palestinian UK rally in London organized by the UK Muslim Brotherhood and organizations supporting Hamas. According to the World Bulletin report:

DreamShotJuly 26, 2014 Demonstrations take place across the UK in support of Palestine and in protest against the Israeli onlaught on Gaza.

World Bulletin / News Desk At least 50,000 people are attending a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London outside the Israeli embassy in protest against the onslaught in Gaza.

The rally on Saturday, organized by an umbrella group of organizations including Stop the War Coalition and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, assembled at the Israeli embassy for a march to the UK parliament where they said they planned to call for Israel’s attack and killings to stop and for British Prime Minister David Cameron to ‘stop supporting Israeli war crimes’.

Protesters carried banners and placards declaring ‘Freedom for Palestine’ and ‘Stop Israeli state terror’ as they marched along streets lined with police officers.

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Police officials estimated about 50,000 people attended the launch of the rally, while organizers said the protest appeared to be becoming as large as one staged last Saturday in London, in which 100,000 people took part. The demonstration in London was made up of a diverse group of people, including Muslims, Jews, atheists, and many left-wing groups and was also co-organized by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Friends of Al Aqsa, British Muslim Initiative, Muslim Association of Britain and the Palestinian Forum in Britain. Similar but smaller demonstrations were held across the UK including the cities of Birmingham and Newcastle.

Read the entire article here.

The groups identified as demonstrations organizers are the same as those who organized similar events in November 2012 to protest Israeli action in Gaza at that time. Conspicuously absent is the far-left Stop The War Coalition.

The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) had for many years been the most active organization in the U.K Muslim Brotherhood. Many of the leaders of the MAB left in 2007 to form the British Muslim Initiative (BMI). According to an Israeli think-tank report, the breakup appeared to be the result of a conflict between traditionalists in the MAB who were unhappy with the high level of involvement in U.K left-wing politics while those who who formed the BMI wished such activity to continue. Anas Al-Tikriti, the leader of the BMI, and former MAB official, is the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in that country.

The Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB)  is part of the UK Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support infrastructure. Zaher Birawi, the long time PFB media and public relations spokesperson, is also a director of the Palestine Return Centere (PRC) which has strong ties to Hamas and to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. In July 2012, we reported on a meeting with Hamas leaders that included Mr. Birawi.

Friends of Al-Aqsa is a pro-Hamas organization based in Leicester which advocates Israel’s elimination and which frequently acts in coalitions with the UK Muslim Brotherhood. The Stop the War Coalition and the  Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) are far-left UK groups that have long been part of UK Brotherhood coalitions. The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign is close to Hamas and is known to have met with the highest ranks of the Hamas leadership

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US media is reporting that a group of US Congressional representatives have introduced a bill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. According to a Breitbart News report:

July 24, 2014 Late Thursday evening Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, with the co-sponsorship of seven other House Representatives, released a bill to finally designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The Breitbart News Network has obtained a copy of the potentially historic document that links the MB to Al Qaeda and the global jihadi movement. Titled the  ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014,’’  the proposed legislation provides extensive evidence proving why the organization, which has recently been designated a a terrorist group by both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, satisfies the federal requirements to be placed on the official FTO list.

Compiled with the collaboration of a team of counterterrorism experts, lawyers and former prosecutors, the draft legislation makes the case that the Muslim Brotherhood is not only directly responsible for numerous acts of terrorist violence, but that the MB is the ideological parent of all modern jihadi terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda and Hamas.

In addition to Representative Bachmann, the bill is sponsored by Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Steve Southerland (R-FL), and Kevin Brady (R-TX).

Read the rest here.

For background on the US Muslim Brotherhood, we modestly recommends this report authored by the GMBDW editor.

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Islamist media is reporting that the Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) is organizing a second Gaza Flotilla. According to a Middle East Monitor report:

ihhdan_suc_duyurusu_h8795July 26, 2014 The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a ‘Freedom Flotilla II’ which will carry humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim said Thursday.

In statements to Gulf Online, Yildrim said that his organisation has embarked on legal procedures and paperwork required to obtain a permit for the trip. As soon as a final permit is issued, the IHH along with other international organisations will immediately set up the convoy.

The chairman of IHH, a major organiser of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla I, said that Turkish army troops will accompany the ships to protect it from any potential attack, pointing out that his organisation demanded the government to provide protection for them as Turkish citizens.

Maze Keheil, the president of the European Campaign for Lifting the Siege on Gaza, confirmed his campaign’s intention to take part in the new flotilla, as it did in first one in 2010.

This report appears to be based on unreliable Iranian and Palestinian sources, so we will be looking for confirmation in the coming days.

report report authored by the GMBDW editor looked at the role of IHH as the lead organization for the June 2010 Gaza Flotilla that was involved in a violent altercation with Israeli naval forces. Some of the conclusions of that reported included:

  • There is strong evidence for Turkish governmental involvement in the Gaza flotilla incident, with Turkish government support channeled through the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood network. Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood. The IHH was not acting alone but rather was an integral part of a Turkish Muslim Brotherhood network.
  • The Gaza flotilla incident brought into sharp focus an even more significant long- term development: the growing relationship between the Erdogan government and the Global Muslim Brotherhood, which has given rise to some of the most notorious Islamist terrorist groups – from al-Qaeda to Hamas. Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood, while the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip acted as the main axis for this activity.
  • Although IHH declared that the flotilla was humanitarian in nature, the history of IHH suggests that it is not only a humanitarian organization…..Aside from these terrorist connections, this report demonstrates that IHH and the rest of the Turkish/MB network are in fact Islamist, politicized organizations.

The JCPA report contains extensive information on the extremist/terrorist ties of IHH. Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported last week that the IHH was recruiting “human shields” to serve in the  Gaza conflict.

In September 2012, the GMBDW reported that  the IHH might have been involved in transporting weapons to Syria on behalf of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.

In June 2012, we reported that the IHH President was being investigated for allegedly financing al-Qaeda through his organization.

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UK media is reporting tha the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has rejected the findings of a report implicating the MCB in what is described as a blueprint for an Islamist takeover of local schools in Birmingham. According to a report in The Guardian:

mcb-logo-blue-150x150July 23, 2014 The Muslim Council of Britain has warned education authorities ‘not to be sidetracked by culture wars initiated by divisive commentators’, as it rejected many of the findings of a government-commissioned report that found a co-ordinated effort by extreme Muslims to take over some Birmingham schools.

The MCB said the report, written by Peter Clarke, the former Met counter-terror chief, was guilty of ‘conflating conservative Muslim practices to a supposed ideology and agenda to Islamise secular schools’.

Clarke’s report highlighted a pamphlet published by the MCB in 2007 and co-authored by the former chairman of Park View Educational Trust, Tahir Alam, one of the figures most criticised in the recent raft of government reports. The report alleged that the pamphlet set out a blueprint for the takeover of schools by Muslims.

Alam retaliated early on Wednesday by claiming that Clarke had not even visited some of the schools mentioned in his report. In an interview on Radio 4, he said the Clarke report was ‘commissioned as part of a campaign, really, an offensive against our school, which was politically motivated’.

The MCB said the pamphlet was ‘under routine review’ and was always aimed at being advisory in nature, helping schools engage with Muslim parents. It added it was ‘patently absurd’ to suggest the MCB was part of a movement to take over schools or promote a ‘particular hardline strand of Sunni Islam that raises concerns about their vulnerability to radicalisation in the future’.

Read the rest here.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is a U.K. umbrella group that has been dominated by the Jaamat-I-Islami and usually acts in concert with the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

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MEMRI, a press monitoring group close to Israeli military intelligence, has published a report titled “The Information Battlefront – Hamas Websites And Social Media Presence.” The report begins:

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Introduction Along with its military conflict with Israel on the ground, Hamas is investing massive efforts in its information war against Israel online. The organization operates a wide array of websites and social media accounts, for public relations and for its propaganda and psychological warfare.

Hamas’ online apparatus conveys its messages to diverse audiences in many languages; it has numerous official websites and official social media accounts, and there are also unofficial or semi-official websites and social media accounts that are affiliated with it. The official websites supply regularly updated content, including official statements by Hamas leaders and articles by its members and supporters who express the organization’s positions and policies, along with a steady stream of updates about the situation in the Gaza Strip. They also deal extensively with Hamas’ conflict with Israel and with its rivalry with regional opponents such as Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas websites address different types of audiences: Sites in Arabic deliver information and instructions to the local Gaza population,[1] to supporters in the West Bank and Israel, and to supporters in the wider Arab and Muslim world. Some sites even have multiple pages in Western languages such as English, French, and Russian, to bring Hamas’ message to sympathizers in the Western world; sites in Turkish, Farsi, Indonesian and Urdu are aimed at the public in Muslim countries.

 It should be noted that each of Hamas’ various online outlets are tailored to a specific audience. While its Arabic-language websites and social media outlets focus on glorifying the jihad against Israel, and praising its fighters’ martyrdom and even the martyrdom of its civilians, the websites in Western languages emphasize Israel’s aggression and the deaths of innocent civilians.

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Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Suwaidan has given an address in which he urged that Muslims develop a plan “to wipe out Israel” and that urged  “the launching of rockets continue. ” According to a MEMRI translation:

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In an address, Kuwaiti cleric Tareq Al-Suwaidan glorified martyrdom, urged all Muslims to contemplate a plan to “wipe out Israel,” and said to Hamas: “We demand that the rockets continue coming, until they bow before us.” He called upon young people to contemplate “electronic Jihad,” and said that all Muslim mothers “should suckle their babies on the hatred of the sons of Zion.” The address was posted on the Internet on July 14.

Tareq Al-Suwaidan: “We are in a conflict over our very existence with the sons of Zion. In geography as well as in history, the state of Israel is a deviant country.

“It is destined to be eradicated in its entirety. It is not just the Palestinians and not just the resistance in Gaza – we all must feel that this battle is our battle. If we do not feel that it is our battle, we have a flaw in our understanding, because we do not understand the progression of history, of geography, and the ideological – nay, the religious – conflict between us and the Israelites. Everyone must participate in this battle, wherever they may be – from Indonesia to the Muslim minorities in the U.S. Everybody must participate.

“Three days ago, I was talking to my brother Khaled Mash’al. I met him. He said: ‘We will not accept a ceasefire.’ Gone are the days when we would demand a ceasefire. I find it strange that some people are demanding a ceasefire. Absolutely not. The shooting and the launching of rockets continue. ‘If you should be suffering – they are suffering as you are suffering; but you have hope from Allah while they have none.’

Read the rest here.

Tariq Suwaidan is one of the most important leaders of the Kuwait Brotherhood as well as the former General Manager of Al-Resalah Satellite TV, the brainchild of Saudi businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. In May 2007, Suwaidan was listed by federal prosecutors in a group of U.S Muslim Brotherhood members named as part of a large group of Unindicted Co-Conspirators in the terrorism financing case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, convicted of providing funds for Hamas. Suwaidan is also the author of the anti-Semitic “Encyclopedia of Jews.” GMBDW coverage of Suwaidan has included:

  • We reported in October 2013 that Suwaidan had been barred from entering Saudi Arabia where he planned to go on Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).
  • In August 2013, we reported that Suwaidan had been removed as head of the Al-Resalah TV channel by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as a result of his role in the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • In April 2012,  we reported that Suwaidan gave a TV interview in which he made various anti-Semitic comments and said that the most dangerous thing facing Muslims is not dictatorships but Jews whom he calls “the greatest enemy.”
  • In January 2009, we reported on the struggle for control over Suwaidan’s Wikipedia page and the issue of whether or not he was part of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait.

MEMRI has published a profile of Suwaidan detailing some of his extremist views.

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