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Islamist media is reporting that the the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has called on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to stop his investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK. According to a report in the Middle East Monitor:

Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood

Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood

April 11, 2014 The Secretary General of Jordan’s Labour Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, has sent a memo to Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, via the British ministry in Amman, calling upon him to stop the British government’s investigation into the Brotherhood’s activities in the United Kingdom.

In the memo, Hamza Mansour explained that he was surprised to learn that the UK government is conducting an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities in Britain and the group’s alleged involvement in terrorism because the Brotherhood has consistently adopted a peaceful approach in its call for political reform.

He stressed that the Muslim Brotherhood has always embraced a peaceful approach, even when it is targeted by some dictatorial regimes that cannot stand the Brotherhood’s success in Islamic da’wa (missionary work) and its political and social activities.

Mansour noted that ‘the UK government’s decision is a valuable reward to the coup government in Egypt,’ reminding Cameron that the Egyptian regime defied the results of five elections and popular referendums and restored a military rule that has been dominating Egypt for six decades, leading to its underdevelopment.

Read the rest here.

The reference to “Jordan’s Labour Party” is likely an error as Hamza Mansour is known to be the head of the Islamic Action Front which is in fact the political arm of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood.

Recent GMBDW reporting on the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has included:

  • In September 2013, we reported that the King of Jordan had said that the political arm of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood is part of the political life of his country.
  • At the end of August 2013, the GMBDW reported that the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood was boycotting municipal elections.
  • At the end of July 2013, the GMBDW reported that the leader of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood had delivered speeches in which he called peace negotiations with Israel  “a heresy, according to Islamic law” and that Palestine is “the graveyard of the Jews.” 
  • In April 2013, the GMBDW reported that a leader of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood had rejected agreements signed by the country’s king and the Israeli government and that leaders of the Brotherhood wold not meet U.S. officials. 
  • In July 2012, the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood was involved in the cancellation of a scheduled attendance by a Jordanian delegation to an educational conference being held in Israel. In June 2012, the head of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood called the arrival of the latest convoy in Gaza “a new page of the Jihad against the occupation of the Palestinian territories. In May 2012, the Jordanian Brotherhood elected a new leader, described as a “hardliner.” 

For extremist statements made by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

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Media in the UAE are reporting that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi did not resume his sermons last Friday as expected. According to a report in The National:

Youssef Qaradawi

Youssef Qaradawi

April 12, 2014 Abu Dhabi// A Muslim Brotherhood imam who has been critical of the UAE did not return to giving his usual sermon in Doha on Friday as expected, citing health concerns.

The sermon would have been Egyptian-born Youssef Al Qaradawi’s first since an unprecedented dispute between GCC states, and his words could have escalated tensions further.

That Mr Al Qaradawi did not speak raises hopes that the spat involving Qatar and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain might be slowly moving towards a resolution.

‘Although there are many underlying factors he certainly is a catalyst for the problems that came up in the past few months,’ said Andrew Hammond, a Middle East analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations. ‘The less he is visible the better to help solve the crisis.’

A popular spiritual guide for the Brotherhood, Mr Al Qaradawi had used his sermons last January to lash out at the UAE’s support for the interim government in Egypt.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have given billions of dollars in aid to Egypt after the country’s military removed president Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Brotherhood, from the presidency in July, following mass protests against his rule.

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported last week that according to Lebanese media, Youssef Qaradawi was expected to resume his weekly sermons following a gap of several weeks. 

The GMBDW reported in late February that the latest sermon by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi had further threatened relations between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors. Meanwhile, Qatari media is reporting that Qaradawi is defending remarks he made critical of the military deposition of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi as well as revealing that he has been ill again of late. Our predecessor publication reported in 2012 on what was at that time the latest in a series of hospitalizations of the Global Muslim Brotherhood  leader. The GMBDW had reported earlier in February that Qaradawi had called upon Saudi Arabia to stop supporting the military-led government in Egypt whom he called “far from God and Islam.”  The GMDW has been reporting recently on Qaradawi’s clash with UAE saying that the country was “against Islamic rule.” The GMBDW has also reported that Egypt is seeing his extradition in connection with a mass jailbreak during 2011.

Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. He is also considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations.  In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to head he Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide and now denies that he has any relationship with the Egyptian Brotherhood. He is based in Qatar and has said the Qatari Emir has protected from being designated as a terrorist by the U.S. He has also reportedly amassed substantial wealth by serving as the Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. Qaradawi is the head of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of charities helping to raise funds for Hamas and is the leader of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), the theological body of the European Muslim Brotherhood. MEMRI has produced two video compilations of Qaradawi’s extremist statements. The first collection contains Qaradawi’s statements about Europe and the US as well as about Israel and Jews. The second collection contains various statements by Qaradawi on social issues such as discussing the killing of homosexuals and stating that beating is “suitable” for some wives. Qaradawi been banned from entering the US since 1999 and UK since 2008. Last year, authorities also refused him entry into France.

For  a more extensive profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.

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Various media are reporting denials by the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood  of the reported move of the headquarters for its International Organization from London to Graz, Austria. The following Turkish Anadolu Agency report was cited yesterday by the Jerusalem Post and then deleted yesterday for unknown reasons:

3543827_370April 14, 2014  CAIRO – The Muslim Brotherhood has no plans to relocate its office from Britain to Austria, according to a senior leader.

‘I cannot imagine or accept to leave Britain for any other country,’ Ibrahim Munir, the secretary-general of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, told Anadolu Agency by phone from London.

The Daily Mail reported Sunday that the Muslim Brotherhood was preparing to move its headquarters to Austria in an ‘apparent attempt to avoid an inquiry into its activities set up by the Prime Minister.’

It said the Brotherhood had recently opened a new international office in Cricklewood, northwest London. According to the British daily, the Brotherhood had decided to transfer its base to Graz, Austria’s second city, after David Cameron announced a joint MI5 and MI6 investigation into its activities and membership.

Munir, however, dismissed the relocation report as ‘baseless’.

He said the decisions of the Muslim Brotherhood are not made in London.

‘The office is only a gathering place for members to meet and discuss strategies,’ added the senior Muslim leader.

He said the Brotherhood members enjoy freedom of movement in Britain and they have nothing to fear. ‘

We do not need to leave Britain because we have not committed a crime or violated the law,’ Munir asserted. ‘The authorities in Britain know this very well.’

He said the Brotherhood is ready to cooperate with British investigators.

Read the rest here.

Austrian German language media is reporting that the major Austrian political parties have expressed “immediate concern” while the national police directorate responsible for Graz announced “there is a rumor” but that they had “no confirmation or information that something is up.”

The GMBDW reported last week that according to an Egyptian media outlet,  the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood had decided to transfer their offices to Graz, Austria and three other unidentified European cities following the announcement of an investigation into the Brotherhood’s activities in the UK. The GMBDW also noted that over the years, several important leaders of the Global Muslim Brotherhood had resided in Graz including  Ayman Aly, formerly a top advisor to deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

The GMBDW reported earlier this week that Ibrahim Munir had warned that banning the Brotherhood in the UK would lead to an increased risk of terrorism. We also reported last week that Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom For background on the International Organization Of The Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

For background on Ibrahim Munir, go here.

For background on the International Organization Of The Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

The GMBDW plans on posting an analysis of the Graz story in the coming days.

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It has been brought to our attention that the Jerusalem Post has now deleted any reference in its story to a denial by Muslim Brotherhood officials of its reported move of its International Organization headquarters to Graz, Austria. However, knowledgable sources in Austria are telling the GMBDW that the Brotherhood in Graz is in fact denying the move. We had just reported based on the Jerusalem Post article, so we are issuing this Correction.

This is a fast-changing story and we will do our best to keep you up to date.

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(The Jerusalem Post subsequently deleted this denial from their story; see our Correction here.)

Citing Turkish media sources, Israeli media is reporting that the Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood has denied that the group is moving their headquarters from London to Graz, Austria. According to a report in the Jerusalem Post:

3543827_370April 13, 2013 The secretary-general of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ibrahim Mounir, denied the report that their headquarters was moving to Austria.

‘I cannot imagine or accept to leave Britain for any other country,’ Mounir told the Turkish Anadolu Agency by phone from London on Sunday.

He also denied that the headquarters was located in London, adding that decisions of the group are not made in the city.

‘We do not need to leave Britain because we have not committed a crime or violated the law,’ said Mounir.

‘The authorities in Britain know this very well’ and the Brotherhood is ready to cooperate with British investigators, he said.

The GMBDW reported last week that according to an Egyptian media outlet,  the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood had decided to transfer their offices to Graz, Austria and three other unidentified European cities following the announcement of an investigation into the Brotherhood’s activities in the UK. The GMBDW also noted that over the years, several important leaders of the Global Muslim Brotherhood had resided in Graz including  Ayman Aly, formerly a top advisor to deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

The GMBDW reported earlier this week that Ibrahim Munir had warned that banning the Brotherhood in the UK would lead to an increased risk of terrorism. We also reported last week that Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom 

For background on the International Organization Of The Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

For background on Ibrahim Munir, go here.

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Today has been an unusual day for the GMBDW as we were featured in multiple media reports from the United Kingdom and Austria. Our post from last week on the reported move of the International Muslim Brotherhood headquarters from London to Graz, Austria was apparently used as the source for a Mail on Sunday report on the subject. Unfortunately, the Mail incorrectly reported that the Brotherhood “recently opened a new international office above a disused kebab shop in Cricklewood” whereas the GMBDW noted in January that these offices had been in existence since at least 1993. However, the Mail story was picked up by numerous Austrian media outlets including the German language der Standard which also incorrectly reported that Ayman Aly is ”the President of an important Muslim youth organization in Europe” whereas in fact he has been Vice-President and Secretary/General of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the umbrella group for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Der Standard also called into question the Egyptian media source which was the original source for our post saying that they had incorrectly reported stories in the past. The GMBDW agrees that the source is somewhat questionable but as noted in our post, Graz has had had a long history as the location for important Muslim Brotherhood leaders so we felt that there was plausibility to the Egyptian report. In any event, we remind readers that as it says on the masthead, the GMBDW is an Intelligence Digest and while we attempt only to report credible information,we choose what to report based on a number of factors of which credibility is only one. Sometimes we will lower the credibility test a bit if we feel the story has particular importance but we always encourage readers to check and verify on their own before depending on the information.

In addition to the Austrian story, The Telegraph in the UK cited the GMBDW as the source for their story on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the links of two of its advisors to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. In 2009, we reported that the foundation advisers included Dr. Ismail Khudr Al-Shatti, also an advisor to the Prime Minister of Kuwait and known to have been a leader in the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) which is the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait. Our story also noted that Mustafa Ceric, at that time the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, was also an adviser to the Foundation. Mustafa Ceric is a long time associate of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi.

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A Union of Good website is reporting on the latest European Al-Wafaa Campaign to arrive in Syria. According to the report:

Al-Wafaa Campaign

Al-Wafaa Campaign

The 8th convoy of the European Al-Wafaa Campaign has succeeded yesterday to enter the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Al-Yarmouk in Syria to deliver food relief to its inhabitants.

The organizers of the campaign distributed quantities of foodstuff consisting of milk, bread, and hot meals to the inhabitants at Rama street near the entrance, and they checked the difficult living situation of the refugees.

The campaign , for the second day is continuing the distribution of food baskets inside the Yarmouk camp, which is considered as a home for the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria., and lies 8km from the center of Damascus.

The head of Al-Waffaa campaign Amin Abu Rashed expressed hopes that the food distribution process would continue inside the camp easily without any obstacles.

He also expressed thanks to all those who have contributed in facilitating the entrance of the aid convoy to the Yarmouk camp, noting that the convoy consists of an Asian and European delegations that included 19 persons.

Read the rest here.

In November 13, the GMBDW reported on the Winter aid convoy to Syria which was scheduled for launch by the European Al-Wafaa Campaign.

The website of the “Al-Wafaa Campaign” describes its objectives as aiding Palestinian refugees both fleeing Syria as well as those inside the country and claims credit for various aid convoys it says it has organized. However, the Al-Wafaa site also identifies eleven organizations collecting donations for Al-Wafaa, many of which are known to have been either member organizations of the Union Of Good (UOG) or closely tied to it, part of the Gaza Flotilla movement (itself close to the UOG) and/or close to Hamas including:

  • Stichting Israa (Dutch UOG member)
  • L’Associazione benefica di solidarietà con il Popolo palestinese (Italian UOG member)
  • Palestinian Rights Institute (part of the Gaza Flotilla movement)
  • La Fundación Comité de Apoyo al Pueblo Palestino (officers also part of PALMED, spun off from the Palestinians in Europe conferences)
  • PalMedUK (officers tied to Human Relief UK, a UK UOG member)
  • CBSP Switzerland (Swiss UOG member)

In addition, the Al-Wafaa website is registered to Amin Abou Rashed ((aka Amin Abou, Amin Rashid), known to be a Hamas operative residing in the Netherlands.

As we have reported before, it is no surprise that the Al-Wafaa website describes aid convoys to the large Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, located outside Damascus and recently the scene of heavy fighting involving various factions in the Syrian civil war. A December 2012 BBC profile explained how Yarmouk became a Hamas center in Syria. Last month, Palestinian media published an article with the title “European Institutions Express Deep Concern Over Catastrophic Situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp.” However, every one of the 20 “European institutes” identified are known to be part of the Hamas support network in Europe, including the “European Initiative to Lift settlements and the wall”, headed by Amin About Rashed. One of the other organizations identified in the article was the Action Group for Palestinians in Syria in London, one of the sponsors of the November 2013 “Workshop on the situation of Palestinian refugees of Syria” held by the Global Muslim Brotherhood in Istanbul.

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The Investigative Project has reported that the recent fundraising dinner for the American Muslims for Palestine featured high praise for Rasmieh Odeh, convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings there. According to the IPT report, the banquet featured other individuals associated with Hamas and the Global Muslim Brotherhood:

amp-logoApril 8, 2014 In the American civil rights movement, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King were among those who set the moral tone. They were champions of non-violence who believed in civil disobedience to generate change by casting light on unjust laws.

If Saturday’s fundraising dinner for the group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is any indication, role models for their cause include an unrepentant killer, a woman directly responsible for two people’s deaths in a grocery store bombing. Prosecutors say she is in America only because she kept that crime a secret from immigration officials.

In addition to its praise for Rasmieh Odeh, the dinner at a banquet hall outside of Chicago offered further insight into AMP’s radical ideology. Other speakers included a man identified as a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Jordan who previously led a Hamas-propaganda arm in America and a man listed as a member of the Palestine Committee, the Muslim Brotherhood’s umbrella organization of American-based Hamas-support groups.

And it is especially relevant if claims that AMP is working with the U.S. Department of Education and is developing a curriculum about the Palestinian cause for high school students prove to be true. While AMP members have a right to their beliefs, public officials should be wary of the group’s consistent support for terrorists.

As we reported previously, AMP does not advocate for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rather, it openly endorses “resistance,” a euphemism for violence, and speakers demand rejecting Israel’s legitimacy.

Read the rest here.

The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is a Palestinian advocacy group with strong ties to both the US Muslim Brotherhood and to the Hamas support infrastructure in the US. Seemingly overlooked by the IPT report was the significance of keynote speaker Salman Abu Sitta, a UK “researcher’ who is known to be one of the key founders of the Palestinian Return Centre in the UK, in turn one of the key parts of the Hamas infrastructure there. This is an unusual public display of the transatlantic networking that occurs within the global Brotherhood/Hamas networks. The GMBDW reported in March on the launch of the US Muslim Brotherhood umbrella group known as the US Council of Muslim Organizations  of which the AMP is a founding member.

For our extensive profile on AMP, go here.

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The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) has announced that it has presented Emeritus Awards to five its members, all of whom can be considered “founding fathers” of the US Muslim Brotherhood. According to the IIIT announcement:

Ahmad Totonji Receiving Award

Ahmad Totonji Receiving Award

On March 7, 2014, IIIT presented its Emeritus Awards to 4 of its distinguished members. The event took place in Istanbul, Turkey and celebrated the outstanding lifetime contributions of each member in his own field.

Dr. AbdulHamid AbuSulayman was granted the title of President Emeritus in appreciation and recognition of his outstanding lifetime scholarly contribution to the Reform of Islamic Thought and the development of its methodology and the advancement of the IIIT mission worldwide.

Dr. Jamal Barzinji’s title is Vice President Emeritus and was given to him in appreciation and recognition of his outstanding lifetime contribution to the Reform of Islamic Thought and the development of Strategies and the advancement of the IIIT mission worldwide.

Dr. Taha Al Alwani received the title of Trustee Emeritus in appreciation and recognition of his outstanding lifetime scholarly contribution to the Reform of Islamic Thought through the development of Social and Cultural ijtihad and the advancement of the IIIT mission worldwide. His grandchildren received the award on his behalf.

Dr. Hisham Altalib was presented with the Trustee Emeritus title in appreciation and recognition of his outstanding lifetime scholarly contribution to the Reform of Islamic Thought through the development of training and parenting programs and the advancement of the IIIT mission worldwide.

Dr. Ahmad Totonji was presented with the Trustee Emeritus title in appreciation and recognition of his outstanding lifetime scholarly contribution to the Reform of Islamic Thought through the advancement of the IIIT mission worldwide.”

The choice of Istanbul is significant given the greatly enhanced role of Turkey in the last years as a supporter of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) describes itself as “a private, non-profit, academic, cultural and educational institution, concerned with general issues of Islamic thought and education” and using the slogan “Towards Islamization of Knowledge and Reform of Islamic Thought.”  The concept for IIIT was developed at a meeting held in Lugano, Switzerland that was attended by many luminaries of the Global Muslim Brotherhood including Youssef Qaradawi. IIIIT was founded in the U.S. in 1980 by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders including Iraqi-born Jamal Barzinji and Hisham Altalib who wished to promote the Islamization of Knowledge as conceived by Ismail Al-Faruqi and who were also early leaders of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). A 1991 internal document of the US Muslim Brotherhood, introduced as evidence in the holy Land Foundation trial, included IIIT in “a list of our organizations and organizations of our friends.”

IIIT was associated with the now defunct SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in March 2002 in connection with the financing of terrorism and both organizations had been under investigation at that time by the U.S. Justice Department until at least mid 2007. The organization appeared to have withdrawn from public view following the 2002 raids but seems to be enjoying a renaissance of late. The IIIT Council of Scholars includes a number of important individuals from the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood such as Ingrid Mattson, the former President of ISNA. IIIT has a network of affiliates located in Europe, Africa, the MIddle East, and Asia and is heavily involved with publishing and promoting publications by Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders including Youssef Qaradawi. In 2008, a South African Islamic organization described Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi as a member of the board of IIIT.

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Egyptian media is reporting that based on inside sources, the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood has decided to transfer their offices to Graz, Austria and three other unidentified European cities following the announcement of an investigation into the Brotherhood’s activities in the UK. Highlights from a translated summary of the Youm7.com Arabic language report include:

  • A meeting was held featuring Ibrahim Munir, Ibrahim Salah, and Dr. Mahmoud Hussein who were identified as the permanent members of the International Organization together with 17 unidentified new members.
  • The three permanent members agreed to transfer their offices to Graz, Austria and three other European countries following the announcement of the British inquiry into Muslim Brotherhood activities in the UK.
  • The meeting focused on the latest developments in Egypt, the development of a new strategy to stop the expected May elections for Presidency, and a new website created to expose the flaws in the election.
  • Members of the International Organization have been holding meetings in Brussels with senior European figures aimed at persuading the European Parliament to put pressure on Egypt regarding the treatment of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egyptian prisons.
  • The International Organization is in the process of establishing the “Jihadi Internet Army” and the “Rabia Army”  aimed at destroying Egyptian banks and other state institutions.

The GMBDW reported earlier this week that Ibrahim Munir had warned that banning the Brotherhood in the UK would lead to an increased risk of terrorism. We reported last week that Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom

The choice of Graz as the location for a Muslim Brotherhood headquarters may seem odd to some but as a report on the history of the US Muslim Brotherhood has noted, self-described Brotherhood  “Foreign Minister” Youssef Nada and the late US Muslim Brotherhood leader Ahmed Elkadi were both living in Graz in the 1960’s. In addition, European Muslim Brotherhood leader Ayman Aly, formerly a top advisor to deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, had been a long-time resident of Graz. (The GMBDW report in January of this year that Dr. Aly was being held in Egyptian military detention but his current whereabouts have not yet been verified.)

For background on the International Organization Of The Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

For background on Ibrahim Munir, go here.

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