The Washington Examiner has cited the GMBDW in an article about the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) being included on the recent UAE list of terrorism organizations. The article begins:
Two U.S. Muslim organizations were shocked this week to find themselves on a massive terror blacklist put out by the government of the United Arab Emirates, but researchers who have documented their links with the Muslim Brotherhood weren’t surprised.
‘We are seeking clarification from the government of the United Arab Emirates about this shocking and bizarre report. There is absolutely no factual basis for the inclusion CAIR and other American and European civil rights and advocacy groups on this list,’ CAIR said.”
“Like the rest of the mainstream institutions representing the American Muslim community, CAIR’s advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists.”
Both CAIR and the Muslim American Society said they would ask the U.S. government to intervene on their behalf. Neither are on the U.S. list of banned terrorist organizations, nor is the Muslim Brotherhood.
The article went on to cite the GMBDW editor in connection with the ties between CAIR and the MAS and the Muslim Brotherhood:
Steven G. Merley, editor of the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch website, which monitor’s the group’s activities, said the Muslim American Society is the U.S. branch of the Brotherhood’s global organization, and CAIR grew out of the Islamic Association for Palestine, a U.S.-based support group for Hamas, the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is more than just the Egyptian organization,” he noted.
Merley detailed both groups’ ties to the Brotherhood in a 2009 paper for the Hudson Institute that relied partly on evidence presented at the trials of leaders of the Holy Land Foundation, an Islamic charity, who were convicted in 2008 of operating a group as a front to finance Hamas terrorism. CAIR was not charged in the case.
Though CAIR advocates for U.S. Muslims and does legitimate civil-rights work, “they’ve done their best to oppose just about every anti-terror initiative the U.S. has ever created,” he said.
Read the entire article here.
We would like to note that we actually described the MAS as the organization closest to the Egyptian Brotherhood as opposed to being the US “branch” of the Global Muslim Brotherhood. We do not believe in the notion that are official branches of the global Brotherhood.
For the Hudson, paper go here.
For more on CAIR, go here.
MEMRI has issued a report titled “Hamas Praises Recent Terror Attacks In Israel, Calls For Escalation And Launch Of New Intifada, Threatens: ‘The Palestinian Volcano Will… Erupt In Occupation’s Face’” that looks at incitement by Hamas in connection with the attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that left four dead. The report begins:
November 19, 2014 The wave of violence and terror taking place in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel in the past weeks has been welcomed and encouraged by Hamas. Taking advantage of rumors that Israel intends to change the status-quo at Al-Aqsa mosque, the movement called to oppose the occupation by every means. Hamas spokesmen praised the attacks, saying that they were a spontaneous and natural response to Israel’s actions in Al-Aqsa, and called the attackers, some of whom were members of the movement or affiliated with it, ‘heroic martyrs’ and models of courage and creativity, urging other Palestinians to follow their example and continue the attacks. Articles in Hamas newspapers and websites likewise glorified the violence and promised that the future would see attacks even more devastating and creative. Some also emphasized that the war underway today is a religious war, not a political one. In addition, Hamas is making efforts to expand the unrest in Jerusalem to the West Bank and fan it into a new intifada. Its spokesmen are directing harsh criticism at the Palestinian Authority (PA), demanding that it halt the security coordination with Israel and allow the Palestinian public to voice its protest, resist the occupation and launch the ‘Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem Intifada.’ This paper reviews the efforts of Hamas spokesmen and media aimed at escalating the unrest in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the name of defending the Al-Aqsa mosque.”
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported earlier this month on on statements by the Hamas military wing that it is preparing and equipping itself for a larger war with Israel using the current conflict over the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a raison d’etre. That post also reported that that Hamas had said that the Palestinian motorist who ran over group of Israeli pedestrians in East Jerusalem, killing one and injuring others, was a member of Hamas and the brother of a Palestinian released by Israel as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal in 2011.
For a profile of Hamas, go here.
Al Arabiya has published an article titled “in Yemen’s Turmoil, Is The Muslim Brotherhood The Main Loser?” that looks at the losses suffered by the Muslim Brotherhood as a result of the current Houthi offensive. The article begins
Until very recently, it was safe to say that one of the main beneficiaries of the 2011 uprisings in Yemen was the Muslim Brotherhood. Well organized and prepared like its Egyptian counterpart, the Brotherhood spearheaded the protests that demanded an end to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s three decade rule.
The Brotherhood took advantage of the power vacuum to play a central role in the political transition process. As part of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (or al-Islah, the coalition formed by Hashid tribal leadership, businessmen and Islamist groups of various kind), Brotherhood leaders participated actively in Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference.
Politically, the Houthi offensive paid off, at least so far
Manuel Almeida The unelected national unity cabinet, appointed in December 2011 by then Vice-President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, was divided in equal numbers between the ruling General People’s Congress (GPC) and the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) of which al-Islah is part. The allegiance of Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa and Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar to al-Islah allowed the Brotherhood to spread their influence within the state and military apparatus.”
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported in September on the takeover of the Yemeni capital Sana by Houthi militants.
In February 2013, the GMBDW reported on Hamid al-Ahmar, also a senior leader in the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood. According to a report in the Saudi Asharq Al-Awsat:
Also on Monday, armed rebels were reported to have looted the homes of several Yemeni officials, including that of presidential defense adviser Gen. Ali Mohsin Al-Ahmar, and leading Al-Islah Party figure Sheikh Hamid Al-Ahmar, as well as the minister of education, among others.Houthis blame Gen. Ahmar for the death of the group’s founder Hussein Al-Houthi, and he has become a hate figure for the group due to his role leading government forces in a number of recent battles against Houthis in the province of Saada.
The Al-Islah Party in Yemen is identified by an Israeli research center as the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. One of the other important leaders of Al-Islah is Abdul Majeed al-Zindani. In addition to his leadership of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood, Zindani also has strong links to the global Muslim Brotherhood including serving on the board of global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi’s Union of Good Hamas fund-raising organization and his relationship to Muslim Brotherhood figure Zaghloul el-Naggar of Egypt.
For more on Al-Zindani, go here.
The Muslim American Society has joined other elements of the Global Muslim Brotherhood in protesting their inclusion on a list published by the UAE that designates as terrorists a large group of organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. According to the MAS statement:
November 15, 2014 – The Muslim American Society was shocked to read news reports claiming that the United Arab Emirates has listed the Muslim American Society, along with numerous other organizations, as a terrorist organization. The Muslim American Society is a religious community service organization that serves people in the United States. We have no dealings with the United Arab Emirates, and hence are perplexed by this news.
Before proceeding any further, we would first like to verify the accuracy of the news reports and receive an official response from the United Arab Emirates regarding the reports. We would also like to seek the help of our government to address this issue.”
The GMBDW reported earlier this week on the publication of the UAE list as well as on the reactions of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on their inclusion.
The MAS was identified in a Hudson Institute report authored by the GMBDW editor as a part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood and closely tied to the Egyptian organization.
Islamist media is reporting on the reaction by UK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Altikriti to organizations with which he is linked being included on a list published by the UAE that designates as terrorists a large group of organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. According to an Onislam.net report, Altikriti said the UAE move “belies any kind of rationality or logic”:
The fact that it piles together terrorist groups like Boko Haram and ISIL with think tanks and research centers who aren’t involved in political work and who espouse democratic principles belies any kind of rationality or logic,’ Anas al-Tikriti, the former president of the Muslim Association of Britain, told the Middle East Eye Saturday, November 15.
‘Some of these organizations represent tens of thousands of people.
‘Does the UAE mean to suggest there are tens of thousands of terrorists throughout the world from America, to Europe, to Africa?’ Al-Tikriti was voicing anger of several Muslims who were shocked after the release of the Emirati terror list that included the names of 83 organizations.”
Read the article here.
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 also heads the Cordoba Foundation, a think-tank pruporting to be independent but which in fact engages in lobbying efforts on behalf of the UK Muslim Brotherhood.
Both the MAB and the Cordoba Foundation were included on the UAE list while the BMI was not, an unexplained omission.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has reacted to its inclusion on a list published by the UAE that designates as terrorists a large group of organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. According to a CAIR statement, it finds the UAE designation “shocking and bizarre”:
November 16, 2014 Washington D.C., — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today responded to reports that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has added CAIR to its list of ‘terrorist’ groups.
In a statement, CAIR said:
‘We are seeking clarification from the government of the United Arab Emirates about this shocking and bizarre report. There is absolutely no factual basis for the inclusion CAIR and other American and European civil rights and advocacy groups on this list.
‘Like the rest of the mainstream institutions representing the American Muslim community, CAIR’s advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists.
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported yesterday on the publication of the UAE list.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” CAIR was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time. Documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood. In 2008, the then Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood acknowledged a relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and CAIR. In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.” CAIR and its leaders have had a long history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam”, and have also been associated with Islamic fundamentalism and antisemitism. The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three original founders.
Reuters is reporting on one of the first reactions to the a list published by the UAE that designates as terrorists a large group of organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. The Reuters report details the reaction of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) to its inclusion on the list:
November 17, 2014 (Reuters) – A group of Islamist scholars led by an influential Qatar-based cleric expressed ‘astonishment’ on Monday that their organization had being designated a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The International Union of Muslim Scholars urged the UAE to remove it from a list of 85 banned groups that the country, one of several Gulf Arab states that view political Islam as a security threat, had named on Saturday.
The inclusion of the group was ‘not based on any analysis or investigation, whether legal, logical or rational’, the scholars said in a statement, which was co-signed by the union’s chairman, Egyptian-born Youssef al-Qaradawi.
‘The Union expresses its complete and extreme astonishment of its inclusion by the UAE among the terrorists groups and rejects this description completely,’ said the group, which says it seeks to promote scholarship and awareness of Islam.”
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported yesterday on the publication of the UAE list.
The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) was launched on July 11, 2004 in conjunction with a visit by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi to London for a meeting of the European Council for Fatwa and Research. Qaradawi is the IUMS President while many prominent individuals tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas serve as IUMS Trustees The IUMS has:
- Criticized French military intervention in Mali aimed at Al Qaeda
- Helped Qatar draft a law aimed at banning attacks on or offenses to religion
- Demanded that Pope apologize “just as he apologized to the Jews”
- Called for punishment of U.S. soldiers who burned Korans
In 2004, the IUMS ruled that “resisting occupation troops in Iraq is a ‘duty’ on able Muslims in and outside the war-torn country and that aiding the occupier is impermissible.”
For more on the IUMS, go here.
The UAE has announced that it has approved a list of designated terrorist organisations that includes not only groups such as Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIS but also a large number of European and US groups that are part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood. According to the announcement by the official state news agency:
November 15th (WAM) — The UAE Cabinet has approved a list of designated terrorist organisations and groups in implementation of Federal Law No. 7 for 2014 on combating terrorist crimes, issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Cabinet’s own resolution on the designation of terrorist organisations that provided for the publication of the lists in the media for the purposes of transparency and to raise awareness in society about these organisations.
The following is the list of organisations designated as terrorist that has been approved by the Cabinet:
In addition to the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE, the announcement goes on to identify a group of European and US organizations that have also been identified by the GMBDW as part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood:
- Finnish Islamic Association (Suomen Islam-seurakunta)
- Muslim Association of Sweden (Sveriges muslimska forbund, SMF)
- Cordoba Foundation (TCF) in Britain.
- Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) of the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
- Muslim American Society (MAS)
- Union of Islamic Organisations of France (L’Union des Organisations Islamiques de France, UOIF)
- League of Muslims in Belgium (La Ligue des Musulmans de Belgique, LMB)
While there are some curious omissions, the designations represent a bold step by the UAE to broaden its fight against the Muslim Brotherhood. The GMBDW will be watching for the inevitable reactions by the organizations named.
The UAE has been engaged of late in legal action against the Muslim Brotherhood inside the country. For a review of our coverage on the UAE and the Muslim Brotherhood, go here.
US media is reporting on what is described as the first Muslim prayer servuice inside the Washington National Cathedral. According to a report in the Washington Post:
This Friday, the Washington National Cathedral will be filled with the sounds of Muslim prayers.
Muslims and people of other religious traditions have participated in Christian or Interfaith services at the Cathedral in the past. However, the November 14 event marks the first time American Muslims have been invited to lead their own traditional Jummah prayer inside the same sacred space that has hosted presidential funerals and other national religious services.
South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool helped to organize the event and will deliver the khutbah, or sermon, the Washington Post reports.
‘It is an enormous testament of solidarity,’ Rasool told the Huffington Post. ‘Of Christians toward Muslims who face the prospect of their religion being hijacked and towards Christians who face threats to their continued existence in place like the Middle East.’
The idea for the service emerged from a conversation between Rasool and the Cathedral’s director of liturgy, Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell. The two friends met while planning a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela.
Read the rest here.
The article goes on to the following organizations as supporting the prayer service:
The Jummah prayer is being held with the support of Muslim leaders from the the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), Masjid Muhammad (the Nation’s Mosque), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
All of the above organizations are known to be part of the US Muslim Brotherhood.
The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, operated as the Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in Washington, DC. The cathedral is the seat of both the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and the Bishop of the Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde.
Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi appears to have called for violence in connection with the recent tension over the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In a sermon translated by the Investigative Project, Qaradawi said that “For the sake of Al-Aqsa mosque, blood will flow, and Muslims will expend lives and money, and sons”:
The Muslim Brotherhood’s leading global voice, Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, called on Muslims Thursday to fight ‘the greatest battle of liberation’ against Israel and the Jews.
In an Arabic message posted on his website and translated by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Qaradawi called on Muslims to rise up and defend Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque – Islam’s third holiest shrine – against Israel. His comments come amid heightened tension between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel closed the Temple Mount, where the mosque is located, to all worshippers Oct. 30 following an assassination attempt against an Israeli activist. Jewish radicals have recently demanded the right to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque, built on the holiest site to Jews, something Israel has forbidden them to do. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the closure, calling it a ‘declaration of war.’ Israel reopened the site Oct. 31 amid heavy security. Tensions remain high, and incitement to violence has increased.
Qaradawi’s article protests against Israel’s planned archaeological tunnels under the Temple Mount and what he calls ‘attempts to Judaize the city of Jerusalem.’ He warns of attacks against Muslim and Christian holy sites.
‘What is happening to Al-Aqsa at this time is a major disaster,’ Qaradawi wrote. ‘The [nation] of the Arabs and the [nation] of the Muslims may not keep silent about it.
‘For the sake of Al-Aqsa mosque, blood will flow, and Muslims will expend lives and money, and sons.’
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported last week that the European Muslim Brotherhood umbrella organization had joined with other elements of the Global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas with a statement attempting to raise the levels of tensions regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The GMBDW reported last month that The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), headed by Qaradawi, had issued a call for “a free global outburst” to direct world attention to toward what the statement called “attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds (Jerusalem).”
Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement.
For a profile on Qaradawi, go here.