A Turkish news portal is reporting that a UK Muslim Brotherhood group has said that it will sue the British government if it attempts to place restrictions on the organization over its links to the Muslim Brotherhood. According to a Worldbulletin News report:
The Muslim Association of Britain has said it will take the British government to court if it attempts to place any restrictions on the organization over allegations it is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The declaration came on Thursday days after a British newspaper report – attributed to government officials leaking information – suggested that, although the Muslim Brotherhood, the transnational Islamic group founded in Egypt, would not be designated a terrorist organization, the government would ‘crack down’ on it.
According to the Telegraph newspaper, up to 60 organizations in the U.K. with alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood are to come under scrutiny, including charities, think tanks and even television channels.
Khalil Charles, spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), told Anadolu Agency: ‘There’s nothing in law that proscribes what we do or what we intend to do.’ ‘All of these things must happen within existing laws … anything else that they [government officials] chose to do, within my estimation, would be outside the law and therefore it would be challenged.’
Charles acknowledged the U.K. government could attempt to restrict what the Muslim Association of Britain does, but he said: ‘Yes, we expect that there will be different pathways and difficulties with things that we want to do but, because we are not doing anything illegal, we would challenge anything that stops our right to do what we need to do.’
The report goes on to cited the rather disingenuous statements by the MAB representative regarding both the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood itself and the role played by the MAB as part of the Brotherhood in the UK:
Khalil Charles told AA that, although the organisation shared ‘the main principles that the Muslim Brotherhood… including its commitment to uphold democracy, freedom of the individual, social justice and the creation of a civil society’ it was ‘not a branch or an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood’
The MAB confirmed that they had attended official meetings with a government inquiry group and outlined their position. MAB said it told the group its organisation was separate from the Muslim Brotherhood, but there could be MAB members who were also part of it, adding ‘that is entirely up to them [as individuals]‘.
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.
Israeli media is reporting that both Hamas has praised the killing of a three-month old infant in east Jerusalem by a resident who rammed his car into a crowd of commuters as “an act of heroism.” According to a Jerusalem Post report, the Hamas praise was echoed by Islamic Jihad:
October 23, 2014. The attack in Jerusalem is an act of heroism and a natural response to the crimes of the occupation against our people and our holy places,’ said Mushir al-Masri, a senior Hamas spokesperson.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad hailed Wednesday’s terrorist act by an east Jerusalem resident who rammed his car into a crowd of commuters at a light rail station, killing a three-month old infant and injuring seven others.
‘The attack in Jerusalem is an act of heroism and a natural response to the crimes of the occupation against our people and our holy places,’ said Mushir al-Masri, a senior Hamas spokesperson.
‘The attack in Jerusalem is a natural response to what is taking place in the city, given the harassment and overall attacks of Judaization affecting our holy places and Muslims,’ said another Hamas official, Salah Baradwil.
Hamas warned that the latest developments may augur the next ‘Palestinian intifada in Jerusalem.’Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported earlier this week that an Israeli hospital had treated the daughter of Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas in Gaza.
For more on Hamas, go here.
The GMBDW has discovered what appears to be the first English translation of the video in which Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi can be seen referring to what is almost certainly Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and explaining that he was once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. At time 0:44 of the video, posted on the Brotherhoodwatch.co.uk website, Qaradawi refers to “this youngster” who once belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood but desiring leadership and after a period in prison (al-Baghdadi is thought to have spent five years in an American detention facility) went on to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS). It would appear that al-Baghdadi joins the ranks of other infamous terrorist leaders such as Ayman al-Zawahiri, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and Khalid Meshalal who once belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood before going on to joining leading terrorist organizations. In the video (time 1:12), Qaradawi also refers to unidentified “youngsters” from Qatar who also joined ISIS.
Qatari media has reported that Qaradawi has denied himself being linked to ISIS although notably not the statement he makes on the video about al-Baghdadi.
See the entire video here.
For information on Qaradawi, go here.
Israeli media is reporting that an Israeli hospital has treated the daughter of Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas in Gaza. According to a Times of Israel report:
October 19, 2014 An Israeli hospital confirmed Sunday that it had treated the daughter of Hamas’s top leader in the Gaza Strip, weeks after a brutal war between Israel and the Islamist terror group.
Avi Shushan, a spokesman for Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, said the daughter of Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized for ‘a number of days’ this month. He did not disclose what she was treated for.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli military also confirmed the hospital stay. Hamas officials were not immediately available for comment.
Israel and Hamas fought a fierce 50-day war this summer that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians according to Palestinian sources, and 72 people on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers. Israel says half of the Gaza dead were Hamas and other gunmen.
Haniyeh’s daughter was treated in Israel following complications during a standard medical procedure in Gaza, Reuters reported Sunday.
Israeli authorities occasionally allow injured and ill Palestinians to leave the Gaza Strip and seek care at Israeli hospitals, and both Haniyeh’s mother-in-law and baby granddaughter were treated in Israel in the last year alone.
Read the rest here.
In June, the GMBDW reported that the mother-in-law of Ismail Haniyeh was allowed into Israel for medical treatment.
In July, the GMBDW reported on an article titled “Hamas Officials Get Rich in Gaza” which looked at the wealth accumulated by Hamas leaders in Gaza including Ismail Haniyeh.
For more on Hamas, go here.
Malaysian media is reporting on political advice offered to the country’s Muslim Brotherhood linked political party by Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Suwaidan. According to the Malaysian Insider report:
October 19, 2014 PAS’s ‘tahaluf siyasi’ (political cooperation) with other political parties in the country is the only logical way for the Islamist party to one day govern Malaysia, says Kuwait’s Muslim Brotherhood leader, Dr Tareq Suwaidan.
Tareq said only by working together with other Pakatan Rakyat component parties would PAS be able to add more seats in the Parliament and thus win an election.
‘In the Malaysian context of multi-ethnic and multi-religious background, it is impossible for PAS to win the election on its own,’ he told a forum organised by PAS international committee last night.
‘To win a parliamentary seat in Malaysia, cooperation is the only key to win.
‘Unless Malaysia changes its demographic structure, this is it, the only logical way,’ he said.
Tareq said the relationship forged within the coalition should be for the long term.
‘Everyone has to agree on something because there is a long-term goal.
‘Whether you do this right now or not at all,’ he said.
Read the rest here.
In February 2013, the GMBDW reported on an Al-Jazeera article titled “The rising force in Malaysia’s opposition” that looked as the growing importance of the Islamist Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a group said to be “inspired” by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. In May, the GMBDW reported on a picture of UK Brotherhood leader Anas Altikriti posing together with the PAS Youth Chief. The PAS received 14.77% of the vote in the 2013 general election, obtaining two seats in the parliament.
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.” Other GMBDW coverage of Suwaidan has included:
- We reported in July 2014 that Suwaidan had given an address in which he urged that Muslims develop a plan “to wipe out Israel” and that all Muslim mothers “should suckle their babies on the hatred of the sons of Zion.”
- 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.
Earlier this month we reported that Suwaidan had been invited to be a speaker at a Muslim Fair in Brussels in November.
Israeli media is reporting that Hamas is in the process of repairing one of the tunnels damaged by the Israeli military during the recent Gaza conflict. According to a Times of Israel report:
October 19, 2014 A reporter for Al-Resalah joined a team of tunnel diggers on the Gaza Strip border with Israel, but was not allowed to enter the tunnel for fear that it would collapse. The diggers, whom he described as ‘bees in a hive,’ said they were motivated by the belief that ‘every inch they dig helps spill the blood of an Israeli soldier or kidnap one.’
The diggers assembled at the entrance to the tunnel at sunset, and told the reporter that breathing was difficult once underground. ‘We thank God for making us soldiers specializing in tunnel digging,’ one operative told the daily. ‘True, the work is difficult, but we remember our reward with God and it becomes easier.’
Israel launched a ground incursion in the Gaza Strip on July 17, nine days into Operation Protective Edge, in order to destroy dozens of tunnels dug for the purpose of kidnapping Israeli soldiers or carrying out a large-scale attacks against targets along the Israeli border. That same day, Israel intercepted 13 Hamas operatives who had entered the country through a tunnel, emerging near Kibbutz Sufa.”
By the end of the war in Gaza, on August 26, the IDF claimed to have destroyed all 31 known tunnels leading into Israel, but senior officers admitted that “one or two” tunnels could have gone undetected.
Read the rest here.
In August, during the most recent Gaza conflict, the GMBDW reported on both the tunnel-digging unit of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades and the high-technology supplied by Qatar for the tunnels.
For more on Hamas, go here.
The Telegraph in the UK has reported that the UK government is expected to order what is described as a “crackdown” on Muslim Brotherhood networks in the UK. According to the report, Istanbul and Qatar are two other major bases for the Global Muslim Brotherhood:
October 19, 2014 Downing Street is to order a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and a network of Islamist groups accused of fuelling extremism in Britain and across the Arab world.
David Cameron launched an inquiry into the Brotherhood earlier this year, prompted by concerns it was stoking an Islamist ideology that had encouraged British jihadists to fight in Syria and Iraq.
Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, who is an adviser to the review, is reported to have described it as ‘at heart a terrorist organisation’. The Brotherhood insists it is non-violent and seeks to impose Islamic rule only through democratic change. It has condemned Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and al-Qaeda.
A senior source close to the inquiry said its report – compiled but not yet published – had identified ‘an incredibly complex web’ of up to 60 organisations in Britain, including charities, think tanks and even television channels, with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, which will all now come under scrutiny.
The inquiry, aided by the security services, has also investigated its network abroad. One expert said that the Brotherhood was now operating from three major bases – London, Istanbul and Doha, the capital of Qatar.
Read the rest here.
In September, the GMBDW reported on another Telegraph story indicating that Britain was planning unspecified curbs on what were described as “Muslim Brotherhood-linked organisations” and blocking any Brotherhood “activists” from relocating to the UK.
The GMBDW initially reported on the UK investigation in April. Since that time we reported in August that the investigation has concluded that the Muslim Brotherhood “does not pose a significant terror threat in the UK” as well as reporting that a leader of the “International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood” has said that he expects the UK government not to given to what he describes as pressure to label the Brotherhood a terrorist organization. We continue to await the actual public report on the investigation before drawing any solid conclusions.
We also point out our continued reporting that Qatar is a major sponsor of the Global Muslim Brotherhood networks though its official and quasi-official organizations such as Qatar Charity, the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, and the Qatar Foundation. Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal are also hosted and resident in Qatar which itself is a major funder of Hamas. The GMBDW reported in August that the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a Turkish group close to the Global Muslim Brotherhood, has signed a ‘strategic cooperation agreement’ with Qatar. Also in August, we reported that Qatar Charity had sponsored an conference in Istanbul at which GMB leaders announced a $1 billion fundraising campaign for Gaza and the launch of a new organization appearing to unify Hamas fundraising and flotilla efforts.
Islamist media is reporting on the death from natural causes of Dr. Ali Mazrui, a professor at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. According to the Iqra.ca report:
October 14, 2014 – One of Africa’s foremost intellectuals, Professor Ali Mazrui, died peacefully on October 12, 2014 of natural causes at age 81 at his home in Vestal, New York, surrounded by family.
Prof. Mazrui was an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said Africa had been robbed of one of its greatest scholars. Mr Mazrui had been ‘towering’ academic whose ‘intellectual contributions played a major role in shaping African scholarship’, Kenyatta told BBC News.
Prof. Mazrui is well known for his writings on politics in Africa as well as Islamic studies. He was born on February 24, 1933, in Mombasa, Kenya, to Swafia Suleiman Mazrui and Sheikh Al-Amin Mazrui, an eminent Muslim scholar and the Chief Qadi (Islamic judge) of Kenya.
Immersed in Swahili culture, Islamic law, and Western education, he grew up speaking or reading Swahili, Arabic and English.
Read the rest here.
In November 2007, the GMBDW reported on Dr. Mazrui’s election as President of the Association of the Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), founded in 1972 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Student Association by important members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. AMSS has sponsored annual conferences and publishes a journal entitled American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) in conjunction with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood which plays host to the AMSS. According to an online biography, Dr. Mazrui held positions in several other organizations with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood including the now defunct American Muslim Council, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (founder/Chair), and the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, headed by long-time Muslim Brotherhood supporter John Esposito. In 2001, Dr. Mazrui was listed as a member of the advisory board of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
In May 2010, the GMBDW reported on anti-Semitic comments made by Dr. Mazrui at a Columbia University colloquium.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced that it has launched a website called Islamophobia.org that presents what CAIR describes as “detailed profiles of a number of individuals and institutions involved in the American Islamophobia network. According to the CAIR press release:
October 15, 2014 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched Islamophobia.org, the latest element in the Muslim civil rights organization’s work to monitor and challenge the growing anti-Muslim bigotry in American society.
CAIR’s Islamophobia.org site presents detailed profiles of a number of individuals and institutions involved in the American Islamophobia network.
‘Islamophobia.org is a reflection of CAIR’s philosophy of educating people and empowering them toward positive action,’ said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor.
‘Since CAIR included the first Islamophobe profiles in its 2013 report ‘Legislating Fear,’ local communities have used them to begin positive conversations leading to the rejection of bigotry in all its forms,’ said Saylor. ‘We intend to continue this community partnership by further empowering local advocates with a centralized resource that provides detailed information about the haters who tour the nation spreading misinformation and religious division.’
The searchable collection of profiles includes well-known hate entities such as Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch. Additionally, the site features information on key, but less visible members of the network, such as a number of local ACT! for America leadership. The site also lays the groundwork for a forthcoming CAIR initiative to counter all types of prejudice in the United States.
Read the rest here.
In October 2012, the GMBDW reported that the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago office, had told Egyptian media that “die-hard Israeli supporters” are behind what he called the “organized Islamophobia movement” in the US.
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.
For a profile of CAIR, go here.
Jewish media in the UK has reported on the controversy over a joint statement on Gaza issued by the Jewish Board of Deputies and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). According to a Jewish News report:
The statemnt condemned anti-Semitism and Islamophobia but some rounded on the Board for engaging in such an initiative with an organisation from which it previously severed relations over its boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day.
Others focused their criticism on the inclusion of a line describing the targeting of civilians as ‘completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions’. While many would have seen this as thinly-veiled condemnation of Hamas, the MCB insisted it took the line to refer to both sides in the conflict.
But, following weeks of public debate, deputies this morning backed a motion proposed by the executive in support of the joint statement by 140 votes to 40.
It comes after another motion, initiated by former Board vice-president Jerry Lewis, was ruled out of order by the organisation’s constitional committee. It’s believed they deemed it to effectively be a motion of no confidence in President Vivian Wineman, but it was not submitted as such.
For the joint statement, go here