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Turkish media is reporting that Ibrahim Munir, a Muslim Brotherhood leader living in exile in London, has said that he expects the UK government not to give in to what he describes as pressure to label the Brotherhood a terrorist organization. According to a report in the Daily Sabah:

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Ibrahim Munir

August 18, 2104 CAIRO – A senior member of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood said that the British government was facing pressure from Egypt and certain Gulf States to label his group a ‘terrorist organization.’

‘We expect London not to bow to these pressures,’ the organization’s secretary-general, Ibrahim Munir, told Anadolu Agency.

On Sunday, the Financial Times newspaper reported that London had delayed publication of a report on the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities amid disagreements among government ministers and officials over the report’s findings.

The newspaper quoted officials familiar with the report as saying that the review had concluded that the group should not be designated a ‘terrorist’ organization.

According to Munir, the delay was the result of ‘pressures’ on London to steer the report in a particular direction.

‘Those in Egypt and the Gulf who supported the review [of the Brotherhood] expected to find in it a justification to accuse the Brotherhood of engaging in terrorism, which they failed to do,’ he said.

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported yesterday on UK media reports indicating that the investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron has found that “the group does not pose a significant terror threat in the UK.” Those report also said that the final report on the investigation had been delayed pending a decision on how to present the findings.

Ibrahim Munir Mustafa (aka Ibrahim Munir, Ibrahim Mounir) was referred to in the past by the Egyptian Brotherhood as an Executive Bureau member of the Brotherhood’s International Organization while an Egyptian news report identifies him as the Secretary-General of the International Organization and one of its founders in 1982 as well as a spokesman for the Brotherhood in London.

For a profile on Mr. Munir, go here.

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The Cultural Jihad blog has posted an article titled “CAIR Embracing The Race Card: New Focus Or Exploitation?’ that analyzes a recent action alert by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) calling on imams to devote a portion of their sermons to racial equality and social justice. The post begins:

logoAugust 18, 2014 The  Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) appears to be attempting  to capitalize on the media attention generated by the Ferguson, MO shooting.  On 8/11/2014, CAIR issued an action alert that …

… called on imams (prayer leaders) nationwide to devote at least a portion of their khutbas (sermons) for tomorrow’s weekly congregational prayers (jummah) to the issues of racial equality and social justice.

That request comes in the wake of racial turmoil resulting from the fatal police shooting on Saturday of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri.

An article published 8/16/2014 at Onislam.net, an Egyptian based website that frequently functions as a mirror outlet for CAIR statements and related news, highlighted the CAIR action alert started with …

… US Muslims have shared mass condemnations for the incident as a continuation of police profiling, brutality and violence against African Americans.

It should be noted that the details and facts regarding the shooting are still being collected and there have been no indications of profiling but this statement definitely sets the stage for a victim hood theme that CAIR frequently embraces.  The article continues with ..

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CAIR, an important party of the US Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support infrastructure in the US has always attempted to leverage its involvement in civil rights affairs to gain legitimacy for its work on behalf of the Brotherhood and Hamas which it calls the “Palestinian Cause.” Last week, the GMBDW posted on a new video from the Investigative Project that aptly highlighted CAIR’s conflicting statements about its mission and noted that the organization appears to be doing its best to inflame the already heated atmosphere surrounding the ongoing Gaza conflict. The GMBDW judges it most likely that CAIR’s new found interest in social justice would appear to be an attempt to broaden its legitimacy beyond that which it has gained through focusing on Muslim civil rights alone.

We also find it interesting that this tactic by CAIR comes at the same time that leading Global Muslim Brotherhood figure Tariq Ramadan has seemingly staked out his own turf in the global movement by also emphasizing a form of “social justice” albeit in the form of an expressed concern about “dictatorships.” We expect to see more jockeying for position on the part of Global Muslim Brotherhood elements as they face the ongoing stresses of losing control of Egypt and at least a partial cutoff of funding from the Gulf.

For a profile on CAIR, go here.

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Israeli media is reporting that its security service has thwarted a Hamas coup attempt in the West Bank that was intended to end the rule of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and spark a third intifada. According to a Times of Israel report:

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Hamas

August 18, 2014 Israel’s Shin Bet security service said Monday it thwarted a Hamas coup attempt in the West Bank aimed at toppling Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and starting a third intifada uprising.

The Shin Bet said it arrested more than 90 Hamas operatives in May and June, confiscated dozens of weapons that had been smuggled into the West Bank, and seized more than $170,000 aimed at funding attacks. It produced photos of the confiscated weapons and cash and a flowchart of the Hamas operatives who had been questioned, and said they planned a series of massive attacks on Israeli targets, including the Temple Mount, in order to start a widespread conflagration. Indictments are expected to be filed against at least 70 of the suspects.

Abbas said later Monday that the revelation was ‘a grave threat to the unity of the Palestinian people and its future,’ NRG reported.

The Shin Bet said terror cells were set up in dozens of Palestinian West Bank towns and villages — including in and around Jenin, Nablus, eastern Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Hebron.

Many of those recruited for the cells were students studying chemistry and engineering, and academics, according to the investigation.

Weapons caches discovered by the Shin Bet during a sweep of Hamas operatives in May and June, 2014 (photo credit: Shin Bet)

The Shin Ben said the plot was orchestrated by senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri, who is based in Turkey and enjoys the support of the local officials there.

Read the rest here.

Hamas officials have denied the existence of any coup plans. According a report by the The Middle East Monitor (MEMO), a media source controlled by the UK Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas support network:

Hamas’s official spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri denied on Monday Israel’s claims that his movement was planning a coup against the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement cited by Anadolu news agency, Abu Zuhri said that Israel only announced this claim at this precise moment in order to undermine the Palestinian unity achieved before and during the latest war in Gaza, which has resulted in a united front at the ceasefire talks in Cairo.

Read the rest here.

The Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and soon after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the newly-opened border to review Hamas military formations.

For a profile of Hamas, go here.

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UK media is reporting that the investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron has found that “the group does not pose a significant terror threat in the UK.”. According to the article in the Financial Times, the UK report on the investigation has been delayed as officials decide how to present the findings:

August 17, 2014 The publication of a UK government report into the Muslim Brotherhood has been delayed as ministers and officials wrangle over its findings, the Financial Times has learnt.

David Cameron asked Sir John Jenkins, Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, to conduct an investigation into whether the Egyptian political group should be classified as a terrorist organisation. The prime minister did so after coming under heavy pressure from allies in the Gulf such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which has banned the organisation.

Whitehall officials have told the FT the report has found the group should not be labelled a terrorist organisation, and in fact has found little evidence that its members are involved in terrorist activities. But ministers are so concerned about the reaction from Britain’s Middle East allies that they have stalled publication for several weeks, according to two people with knowledge of the report.
One person said: “Sir John will say that the Brotherhood is not a terrorist organisation. The Saudis and Emiratis will then be very upset with us.”
According to one senior person in the Foreign Office, the Abu Dhabi royal family, the al-Nahyan, have been particularly vociferous about the dangers posed by the Brotherhood. The person said: “They complain that their countrymen do not feel safe in London with Brotherhood people walking around. The pressure has been quite sharp.”

Mr Cameron spoke to Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, on Thursday. According to an official record of the meeting sent to journalists by Number 10, the two spoke about Iraq and Gaza, but not Sir John’s report.

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The GMBDW reported in April that Prime Minister David Cameron had ordered an inquiry into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom.  Readers of the GMBDW have long been aware that the UK serves as the main hub for the Global Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas in Europe. 

We will wait for the full report before drawing conclusions but even the above report has handed the Muslim Brotherhood a propaganda victory as it proclaims on Twitter that the UK has found it is not a terrorist organization.

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In an interview with a Lebanese TV station, a Hamas official has acknowledged that journalists who filmed missile launches during the recent conflict were deported from Gaza. According to a MEMRI translation of the interview on Mayadeen TV:

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Hamas

August 14, 2014 Isra Al-Mudallal, head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry, admitted, in a phone interview with Mayadeen TV on August 14, that journalists who filmed the places from where missiles were launched were deported from the Gaza Strip. ‘The security agencies would go and have a chat with these people,’ she said.

Following are excerpts:

Interviewer: How did you manage to maintain contact with the foreign journalists, and how did you convey your point of view to them?

Isra Al-Mudallal: Since the beginning of the aggression against the Gaza Strip, a state of emergency was declared at the border crossings, especially at the Beit Hanoun Crossing, also known as the Erez Crossing, and journalists were allowed in without any bureaucratic procedures, except for registration to guarantee their safety.

Our problem was that [we didn't know] who was entering the Gaza Strip. Who were they? Most of them were freelancers, and the others were from news agencies.

Fewer journalists entered the Gaza Strip during this war than in the previous rounds, in 2008 and 2012. Therefore, the coverage by foreign journalists in the Gaza Strip was insignificant compared to their coverage within the Israeli occupation [i.e., Israel]. Moreover, the journalists who entered Gaza were fixated on the notion of peace and on the Israeli narrative.

Read the rest here.

For the clip, go here.

Earlier this month the GMBDW reported on the role of Hamas tunnel-digging units as well as the high techonology supplied by Qatar for use in the tunnels.

For a profile of Hamas, go here.

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The Associated Press has published an unusual look at what it calls “subtle voice of dissent” in Hamas-ruled Gaza. The report begins:

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Hamas

August 14, 2014 Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip (AP) — The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never heard out loud in Gaza: criticism of its Hamas rulers.

Exhausted by a month of pounding by Israel’s military — on top of seven years of stifling closure of the tiny Mediterranean coastal strip — they questioned Hamas’ handling of the crisis and the wisdom of repeatedly going to war with Israel.

‘We do not want to be bombarded every two or three years. We want to lead a good life: Sleep well, drink well and eat well,’ said Ziad Rizk, a 37-year-old father of two, a cigarette dangling from his mouth. He stared at the damaged apartment building where he lived. His sofa and a blue baby carriage were perched precariously on a tilting concrete slab that was his floor.

It is impossible to say how widespread such discontent is among Gaza’s 1.8 million residents. Under Hamas rule, it’s rare and dangerous to share even as much as a hint of criticism of the government with outsiders.

Still, the men’s boldness in voicing their opinions could be a telling sign that some Gazans see Hamas as weakened. It points to how desperate many Gazans have become after the most ruinous of three bouts of major Hamas-Israel violence since the militant group overran the territory in 2007. More than 1,900 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians, nearly 10,000 wounded and some 250,000 displaced since fighting started July 8.

Read the rest here.

The Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and soon after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the newly-opened border to review Hamas military formations.  

For a profile of Hamas, go here.

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Al Jazeera English has published an article titled “Does Religion Have Role In Bosnia Elections?” detailing the controversy surrounding the decision by former Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric to run for the Bosnian Muslim seat of Bosnia/Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency. The article begins:

Mustafa Ceric

Mustafa Ceric

August 16, 2014 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sitting in a large conference room in the new Gazi Husrev Bey public library in Sarajevo, Mustafa Ceric has replaced his flowing Islamic black garb for a snug suit and tie. A white and green woven flower – the symbol of the July 11, 1995 Srebrenica genocide is pinned to his lapel whenever he attends public events.

Outside the conference room, in the auditorium, guests from around the world have arrived in Sarajevo to participate in a symposium marking the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I. Politicians and academics have prepared speeches highlighting reconciliation and peace- concepts.

‘Are we less intelligent? Are we less hardworking?’ Ceric asked. ‘What is the secret that people who leave Bosnia and Herzegovina, who go west with nothing in their pockets end up with a job, a house; they send their children to school, and they’re even able to save up some money to send to their people who live here?’

Listed in 2012 as one of the top 50 most influential Muslims in the world by the Jordanian Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Mustafa Ceric, Bosnia’s former grand mufti of 20 years threw his bid in Bosnia’s general elections on October 12 as an independent candidate for the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) seat of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency.

Read the rest here.

 The Al-Jazeera report goes on to discuss some of the criticism of Dr. Ceric’s candidacy:

Ceric has been considered a liberal and moderate Islamic leader but some of his statements made while serving as grand mufti have garnered criticism from secular Bosnians.

He has spoken highly of Sharia law but admitted it is unrealistic to implement it in Bosnia.

He’s also known for glorifying the Ottoman Empire, which ruled the Balkans for five centuries. In 2008, during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Ceric said, “Turkey is our Mother. That’s how it always was, and it will remain like that”.

Jasmin Mujanovic, a PhD candidate of political science at York University in Toronto, believes Ceric’s candidacy to be profoundly problematic.

“Religious figures of his stature should have no place running for public office, especially in countries like Bosnia where questions of faith are so politically charged,” Mujanovic stated.

“By running for the Bosniak post of the presidency, Ceric is only furthering the idea that faith and nation are one and the same in Bosnia; in this case that Bosniak and Muslim are interchangeable identities.”

The report fails to note additional and key issues about Dr. Ceric who held the position of Chief Mufti of the Bosnian Islamic Community for almost 19 years but was replaced in September 2012. Dr. Ceric has had a long and extensive history of ties to Islamists since the time of the 1992-1995 Bosnian War including a long association with Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi who heads the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) where Dr. Ceric is a member. Questions have also been raised concerning what have been described as Dr. Ceric’s “shady business dealings” and his efforts to placate extremists and silence their moderate critics. The GMBDW reported in June on Dr. Ceric’s decision to run for the Presidency and in April, The Telegraph in the UK cited the GMBDW as the source for their story on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Brotherhood links of Dr.Ceric, one of the Foundation’s advisors. 

For a complete profile of Dr. Ceric, go here.

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Chinese media has reported on anti-Israeli demonstration held last week in London tied to the recent Gaza conflict. According to the Xinhua report carried on GlobalPost:

Aug. 9 (Xinhua) — Tens of thousands of people in Britain took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the violence in Gaza.

Anti-war rallies and demonstrations, organized by the Stop the War Coalition, have erupted in London, Edinburgh, Portsmouth and other cities in Britain, calling for an end to the renewed conflicts in Gaza.

In London, thousands of demonstrators assembled at noon on Saturday in front of the headquarters of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Portland Place, marched to the U.S. Embassy and went on to a rally in Hyde Park.

Raising anti-war banners and placards, the protesters chanted ‘Free Palestine,’ ‘End the siege of Gaza,’ ‘Stop the killings,” Today we are all Palestinians’ while marching along the streets.

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The demonstrations have been jointly called by the Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Friends of Al Aqsa, British Muslim Initiative, Muslim Association of Britain and the Palestine Forum in Britain.

The sponsoring organizations are almost the same as for a another similar rally held in London last month as reported by the GMBDW. Notably absent as a sponsor last month was the far-left Stop the War Coalition which was listed as a sponsor for this month’s demo. These organizers are the same as those who organized similar events in November 2012 to protest Israeli action in Gaza at that time. 

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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One day following following the harsh criticism of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) by leading Global Muslim Brotherhood figure Tariq Ramadan, ISNA has posted lists of its public statements regarding Gaza and on domestic issues. In addition to the Facebook postings, a leading figure within ISNA has posted a letter pleading with Ramadan to participate in this years ISNA convention. The letter from Sherman Jackson reads in part

Islamic Society of North America

Islamic Society of North America

Tariq, I have always admired your courage. And if you recall, when you were kind enough to grace us with your presence at our conference in southern California this year, I said as such publicly to everyone in attendance. Courage is a laudable, indeed a necessary, trait for a Muslim. And given the humiliations this Ummah has known over the past two centuries, it is easy to imagine how some of us might be prone to elevating this value above all other considerations as an absolute, first order value. But through his actions our Prophet (?) taught us that courage is only one among many values and character traits that we must possess and properly deploy in pursuit of All?h’s pleasure. And I would submit that as much as this Ummah needs courage today, it has perhaps an even greater need for unity – even if in disagreement (something we could teach the West about) — and the diffusion of genuine brotherly and sisterly love throughout its ranks. This is what I believe your attending the ISNA convention this year will promote. And it is this, in addition to the blow it might deliver to American Muslim morale, that I think your absence, given your public statements about your reasons for not coming, might impact in a palpably negative way

The GMBDW reported yesterday that Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, had posted a letter on his website in which he said he would not be participating in this year’s ISNA convention. In that letter, Ramadan accuses ISNA of remaining silent on issues said to be of importance to Muslims worldwide. Although an ISNA official has denied that the Facebook postings have anything to do with Ramadan’s letters, it would appear that ISNA has been stung by the criticism.

For a profile of Tariq Ramadan, go here.

Fora profile of ISNA, go here.

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The Investigative Project has posted a short video on the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its conflicting statements on the organization’s mission. The description of the video begins:

logoAugust 2014 During the 1990s, the Muslim Brotherhood created a support network in the United States to help Hamas politically and financially. It was called the Palestine Committee. According to documents seized by the FBI by some of the committee’s members, that committee included some prominent Muslim American political activists, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – perhaps the most influential Muslim American political group.

As the war between Israel and Hamas raged in Gaza during the past month, legacy members of the Palestine Committee – the Hamas support network – found themselves back in the fight for public hearts and minds, as this Investigative Project on Terrorism special report shows.”

Read the rest and view the video here

It has been our experience over the last weeks that it has grown increasingly difficult to cover the positions of an organization like CAIR as much of the political posturing has moved on to social media platforms, particularly Twitter. Twitter by nature makes makes it difficult to point to any single posting for analysis forcing an examination of the totality of the postings in order to make a judgment. Having followed the CAIR-National Twitter feed for some time, the GMBDW can confirm what is reported in the IP video above; that the concerns of CAIR clearly extend beyond the civil rights of US Muslims as the organization appears to be doing it best to incite its audience through a steady stream of selective and inflammatory postings on Gaza. As one example of a myriad of such postings we offer today’s tweet on some rather ill-thought out comments by an Israel professor. We can conceive of no other reason for posting on this subject other than to continue pouring fuel on the fires of hatred.

For our profile on CAIR, go here.

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