According to a press release issued by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the far-left International Answer Coalition is coordinating an August 2 Gaza protest to be held In Washington DC, Albuquerque NM, and Jacksonville FL. According to the announcement:
(WASHINGTON D.C., July 30, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America today announced that it is joining a march on the White House to protest against the ongoing massacre in Gaza.
In a press conference today at the National Press Club, ICNA President Naeem Baig stated that ‘the use of violence against civilians is never okay. It is unacceptable for a civilian population to be bombarded through air, sea and ground attacks.’ He also said ‘the oppressed and the oppressor cannot be compared, Israel’s actions can in no way be defended.’
ICNA calls on all people of conscience to join this march against oppression and occupation. Saturday, August 2 at the following locations and timings:
The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave.) 1:00 p.m. Jacksonville, Fla. 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Park (1620 Riverside Avenue) Albuquerque, N.M. 11:00 a.m. at Central & 1st St. Los Angeles, Calif. 1:00 p.m. at Westwood federal building (11000 Wilshire Blvd.) Use the hashtags: #2DC4Gaza #LetGazaLive #FreePalestine #Protest4Palestine to promote the demonstration on social media. Visit http://www.answercoalition.org for more details.
Among the the large number of left-wing sponsoring groups are the following US Muslim Brotherhood organizations:
- American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- Muslim American Society Immigrant Justice Center
- Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
The GMBDW last reported on the organization known as the International Answer Coalition in connection with a 2010 Washington DC demonstration protesting that “victims of American aggression.” ANSWER was the creation of former attorney general Ramsey Clark and his International Action Center and has its roots in the far left Workers World Party. The Muslim American Society (MAS) has participated in events along side ANSWER since 2003 and it is common for Muslim Brotherhood groups in the US and Europe to be found in coalitions with leftwing and far left political groups who also support Palestinian causes.
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and considered to be closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia, itself allied with the Global Muslim Brotherhood. ICNA is particularly close to the MAS and the two organizations have been holding joint conferences in recent years.
The Al Monitor news portal has posted an article titled “Turkey, Qatar Seek Foothold In Gaza Talks.” The article begins:
July 29, 2014 Having been largely isolated so far, Turkey and Qatar are trying to gain a foothold in the talks over Gaza. Working closely, the two countries and aiming for a cease-fire that includes Hamas in the negotiations and also eases the Israeli siege of Gaza.
The United States has shown some readiness to support the Turkish-Qatari endeavor, reportedly because of the influence it believes the two countries have over Hamas. But Washington’s involving Ankara and Doha in the talks has not been welcomed by everyone.
Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Egypt are angry with US Secretary of State John Kerry for pushing a cease-fire plan they believe was influenced by Turkey and Qatar. This reaction shows again Ankara and Doha’s unwelcome position in the region because of their unqualified support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Arguing that Kerry’s cease-fire attempt ended in a “fiasco,” The Wall Street Journal in a July 28 commentary underlined that Jordan and Saudi Arabia were also among regional countries that do not want a Palestinian state run by Hamas.
Due to its radical Islamic outlook and close links to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas remains unloved and unwanted by most regimes in the Middle East, even though it was elected by the people of Gaza. Few countries in the region are therefore likely to be pleased with Turkish and Qatari attempts at empowering the group.
Read the rest here.
The recently founded Middle East Eye (MEE), purporting to be an independently funded online news organization, has published an article airing the views of UK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Altikriti whose accounts at HSBC Bank were recently closed as reported yesterday by the GMBDW. The article begins:
July 30, 2014 Rori Donaghy Muslim organisations and individuals in the UK are still reacting after the HSBC bank wrote to them on Tuesday informing them that their accounts would be shut down.
The Finsbury Park Mosque, Cordoba Foundation and Ummah Welfare Trust all received identical letters informing them that the accounts will be closed because ‘the provision of banking services…now falls outside of our risk appetite’.
The bank did not elaborate further on the decision, which has led to speculation among the organisations that they have been targeted for their advocacy on Middle East issues.
Chief executive of the Cordoba Foundation Anas al-Tikriti, whose organisation focuses on relations between the West and Middle East, said the absence of an explanation has meant he has had to draw his own conclusions on the reasons behind the decision.
‘It’s reasonable to assume this is a campaign against Muslim organisations and individuals who are quite active and vocal on two main fronts: the first is Gaza and Palestine; the second is Egypt,’ he said.
Read the rest here.
As the GMBDW reported in November 2013, Mr. Donaghy was the former head of the Emirates Center for Human Rights (ECHR), a now seemingly inactive advocacy group that was set up with help from Anas Altikriti as acknowledged by Mr. Donaghy himself. The bulk of the ECHR activities centered on accusations and organizing against the UAE which raises questions of why Mr. Donaghy was selected to write an article which served as a platform for the views of Mr. Altikriti including further accusations against the UAE which he and Mr. Doanghy speculated could have been behind the HSBC actions.
The National, a government-owned newspaper in the UAE, recently reported on the ties between Al Jazeera and MEE noting that Mr. Donaghy, who once worked for a Hamas think-tank in Gaza, was the former ECHR Director. In reply to the National’s accusations, the MEE Managing Editor denied any connection between MEE and the ECHR explaining that while “some are activists” the company was not linked to any government or movement. David Hearst also said “What we stress all the time is that you have to move from being an advocate to a being a journalist. It appears that Rori Donaghy has yet to make that move and calls into question the judgment and/or allegiances of the MEE editors in allowing an individual with such an obvious conflict of interest to report on the story of Mr. Altikriti and his bank account.
For the GMBDW post on the HSBC closures, go here.
For a profile on Anas Altikriti, go here.
UK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Altikriti has reported on his Twitter feed that HSBC Bank has closed his accounts and the accounts of all of his family. According to the tweet:
Last week, #HSBC informed me and my family (my wife and 2 sons) that our personal accounts will be closed. No explanation. @HSBC_UK_Press
He goes on to allege that the closures are part of HSBC Bank closing down the bank accounts of Palestinian activists:
“#HSBC closing down bank accounts of Palestinian activists and their families. @anasaltikriti #BoycottHSBC pic.twitter.com/BSQ7w5Jl8h #Bds
Altikriti is also saying that the accounts for the Finsbury Mosque and the Cordoba Foundation have also been closed by HSNBC:
Anas Altikriti ?@anasaltikriti We’ve all heard that #HSBC has also closed down accounts for Finsbury Park Mosque, @UWT_UK & The @CordobaFoundati Who next?! @HSBC_UK_Press
Anas Al-Tikriti is the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in that country. In addition to his role at Cordoba, Al-Tikriti is one of the leaders of the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) had for many years been the most active organization in the U.K Muslim Brotherhood but many of the leaders of the MAB left in 2007 to form the BMI. According to an Israeli think-tank report, the breakup appeared to be the result of a conflict between traditionalists in the MAB who were unhappy with the high level of involvement in U.K left-wing politics while those who formed the BMI wished such activity to continue. Altikriti is also head of the Cordoba Foundation, a “think-tank” serving the aims of the UK Muslim Brotherhood.
The Finsbury Mosque had a long history of ties to terrorists and extremist Islamic clerics. It was subsequently closed but then re-opened under the management of the UK Brotherhood, which is to imply that the Brotherhood is not extremist or tied to terrorism in its own right.
The US-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) tweeted the following a couple of days ago which purports to show that Hamas was not responsible for the kidnapping and killing of the Israeli teens which set off the current Gaza conflict:
July 26, 2014 MPAC @mpac_national It Turns Out #Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All http://nym.ag/1pgXp14 The truth was evident from the beginning
The GMBDW has seen the New York Magazine story linked to by MPAC appear on numerous social media sites but It turns out that the story was based on a misleading citation of a single Twitter post that actually read:
Israeli police Mickey Rosenfeld tells me men who killed 3 Israeli teens def lone cell, hamas affiliated but not operating under leadership
The tweet was used in the New York Magazine story to describe a “lone cell” with the Hamas-affilitation qualifier omitted. Further, sources in Israel tell us that Rosenfeld’s phrasing itself may have been misleading as in general Hamas operatives on the ground have a “green light” and do not have to consult with the higher leadership on everything they do. In any event, an Israeli journalist has posted an extensive analysis of how this story was based on distorted Tweets and reports that Rosenfeld has confirmed his position that the kidnapping and the murder of the teens was carried out by Hamas terrorists:
The Israel Security Service (Shin Bet) spokesman and the Prime Minister’s Office have not confirmed or changed their view that Hamas is responsible. Meanwhile, Mickey Rosenfeld told me on Sunday “I said and confirmed what is known already, that the kidnapping and the murder of the teens was carried out by Hamas terrorists from Hebron area and the security organizations are continuing to search for the murderers.” New York Magazine continues to carry its falsified headline and continues to provide claims about non-existent “officials.”
Read the rest here.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) was established originally in 1986 as the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California whose leaders had backgrounds suggesting they were associated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. MPAC has since developed into the political lobby arm of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and has opposed almost every counterterrorism action proposed or carried out by the U.S. government, often suggesting that the efforts were aimed at the U.S. Muslim community. MPAC has also acted to support a variety of Palestinian terrorist organizations as well as facilitating a wider range of terrorism by defending or justifying violence carried out by Islamic groups. Nevertheless, MPAC has developed particularly extensive relationships with agencies of the U.S. government including meetings with the Department of Justice and the FBI. MPAC and its leaders have made anti-Semitic statements that assert or imply an organized Jewish effort to defame and exclude U.S. Muslims from U.S. political life and has engaged in frequent and virulent demonization of Israel including describing Israeli actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a “rape of the soul of the Islamic people”, asserting that the objective of Israeli actions in Gaza was “gross killings of Palestinian civilians, including women and children”, and accusing supporters of Israel of using tactics similar to Hitler’s.
For a further report on MPAC extremism, go here.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has reported that its President Mohamed Magid spoke with US Vice President Joseph Biden during an interfaith Iftar dinner in order to express concerns over the loss of life in Gaza. According to the report:
July 24, 2014 On July 22nd, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) President Imam Mohamed Magid spoke with Vice President Joseph Biden while attending an interfaith iftar dinner, to express the American Muslim community’s concern for the loss of innocent lives in Gaza.
Other guests included Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Rep. James Moran (D-VA) and local representatives from the Jewish and Christian faith traditions.
According to the most recent reports, over 700 Palestinians were killed with 4,000 injured. Over 80% of them were civilian. Three Israeli civilians and 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed since the conflict began over two weeks ago.
Imam Magid along with Christian and Jewish leaders who attended the interfaith iftar dinner, conveyed the message of respect for human life, a principle common in all three Abrahamic faiths. They also emphasized the importance of collaboration in establishing an environment of dialogue and understanding between faith traditions.
While the ISNA report is characteristically restrained, in line with its recent statement on the Gaza conflict, the report goes to identify what are described as efforts “being made by Muslims and our interfaith partners to put an end to the violence” and uses the example of the nodeadkids.com website where the ISNA report says over 53,000 letters have been sent to congressional representatives. However, the graphics used at this site as well as a link to a New York Times article on John Kerry suggest to us that the intent of the site goes beyond concern for children into the realm of political propaganda.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) describes itself as “an independent, open and transparent membership organization that strives to be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America by contributing to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large. In fact, ISNA emerged out of the early U.S. Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure and documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the organization was part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. In June 2013, the GMBDW posted a detailed analysis of why we are deeply skeptical of ISNA and its apparent acceptance by the current US government and other parties as a moderate organization. Our report from July on ISNA’s failure to disclose its own relationship to organizations represented by individuals target for NSA surveillance did nothing to alter our position. It seems to us that at this point, ISNA represents the US Muslim Brotherhood “good cop” in the classic psychological tactic used for interrogation where a team of two interrogators take apparently opposing approaches to the subject. The “bad cop” in this scenario is clearly the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) whose Twitter feed during the Gaza conflict shows that it misses no opportunity to pour fuel on the fire with accusations such as this which later prove to be erroneous. The arrangement appears to be working well for both parties as it would seem unlikely that CAIR could ever completely reinvent itself, particularly as long as it is headed by the same Hamas-tied leadership which created the organization.
For a profile of ISNA, go here.
Th UK-based Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-awsat has published a review of Egyptian television coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood during this year’s Ramadan and titled “Ramadan TV vs. the Muslim Brotherhood.” The report begins:
July 27, 2014 As Ramadan draws to a close, anyone who watched the slew of Egyptian television dramas will have noticed the increasingly critical manner in which the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as other extremist groups, are being dealt with.
This year’s Ramadan TV dramas have featured intense attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood and its members, criticism of its hierarchical structure and secret mechanisms, as well as its controversial discourse and maneuvering.
This was only to be expected given the state of public anger in Egypt towards the Muslim Brotherhood. This anger towards the Brotherhood burns even fiercer among Egypt’s artists and entertainers, given the Islamists’ attempts to clamp down on the entertainment industry during the Mursi administration. This period witnessed a marked rise in censorship, and we can all recall the attempts made by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters to slander a number of celebrated Egyptian actresses, such as Elham Shahin.
The majority of Egyptian Ramadan TV dealt with the Muslim Brotherhood in one way or another, whether explicitly or implicitly. The series Tufahet Adam (‘Adam’s Apple’) included a plot-line about a dangerous professional conman who is able to trick a number of people by posing as a Muslim Brotherhood ideologue. This character is able to trick media figures and revolutionary youth alike and can be viewed as a comment on Muslim Brotherhood policies during the previous period. The show also features, naturally, a cadre of corrupt state security officers affiliated to the former regime. However, what is even stranger is that this television series also included room for albeit limited criticism of the revolutionaries.
Read the rest here
For more coverage of Egyptian TV and the Muslim Brotherhood, see this MEMRI report.
A Turkish news portal has reported on a pro-Palestinian UK rally in London organized by the UK Muslim Brotherhood and organizations supporting Hamas. According to the World Bulletin report:
World Bulletin / News Desk At least 50,000 people are attending a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London outside the Israeli embassy in protest against the onslaught in Gaza.
The rally on Saturday, organized by an umbrella group of organizations including Stop the War Coalition and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, assembled at the Israeli embassy for a march to the UK parliament where they said they planned to call for Israel’s attack and killings to stop and for British Prime Minister David Cameron to ‘stop supporting Israeli war crimes’.
Protesters carried banners and placards declaring ‘Freedom for Palestine’ and ‘Stop Israeli state terror’ as they marched along streets lined with police officers.
Police officials estimated about 50,000 people attended the launch of the rally, while organizers said the protest appeared to be becoming as large as one staged last Saturday in London, in which 100,000 people took part. The demonstration in London was made up of a diverse group of people, including Muslims, Jews, atheists, and many left-wing groups and was also co-organized by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Friends of Al Aqsa, British Muslim Initiative, Muslim Association of Britain and the Palestinian Forum in Britain. Similar but smaller demonstrations were held across the UK including the cities of Birmingham and Newcastle.
Read the entire article here.
The groups identified as demonstrations organizers are the same as those who organized similar events in November 2012 to protest Israeli action in Gaza at that time. Conspicuously absent is the far-left Stop The War Coalition.
The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) had for many years been the most active organization in the U.K Muslim Brotherhood. Many of the leaders of the MAB left in 2007 to form the British Muslim Initiative (BMI). According to an Israeli think-tank report, the breakup appeared to be the result of a conflict between traditionalists in the MAB who were unhappy with the high level of involvement in U.K left-wing politics while those who who formed the BMI wished such activity to continue. Anas Al-Tikriti, the leader of the BMI, and former MAB official, is the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in that country.
The Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB) is part of the UK Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support infrastructure. Zaher Birawi, the long time PFB media and public relations spokesperson, is also a director of the Palestine Return Centere (PRC) which has strong ties to Hamas and to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. In July 2012, we reported on a meeting with Hamas leaders that included Mr. Birawi.
Friends of Al-Aqsa is a pro-Hamas organization based in Leicester which advocates Israel’s elimination and which frequently acts in coalitions with the UK Muslim Brotherhood. The Stop the War Coalition and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) are far-left UK groups that have long been part of UK Brotherhood coalitions. The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign is close to Hamas and is known to have met with the highest ranks of the Hamas leadership
US media is reporting that a group of US Congressional representatives have introduced a bill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. According to a Breitbart News report:
July 24, 2014 Late Thursday evening Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, with the co-sponsorship of seven other House Representatives, released a bill to finally designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The Breitbart News Network has obtained a copy of the potentially historic document that links the MB to Al Qaeda and the global jihadi movement. Titled the ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014,’’ the proposed legislation provides extensive evidence proving why the organization, which has recently been designated a a terrorist group by both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, satisfies the federal requirements to be placed on the official FTO list.
Compiled with the collaboration of a team of counterterrorism experts, lawyers and former prosecutors, the draft legislation makes the case that the Muslim Brotherhood is not only directly responsible for numerous acts of terrorist violence, but that the MB is the ideological parent of all modern jihadi terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda and Hamas.
In addition to Representative Bachmann, the bill is sponsored by Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Steve Southerland (R-FL), and Kevin Brady (R-TX).
Read the rest here.
For background on the US Muslim Brotherhood, we modestly recommends this report authored by the GMBDW editor.
Islamist media is reporting that the Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) is organizing a second Gaza Flotilla. According to a Middle East Monitor report:
July 26, 2014 The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a ‘Freedom Flotilla II’ which will carry humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim said Thursday.
In statements to Gulf Online, Yildrim said that his organisation has embarked on legal procedures and paperwork required to obtain a permit for the trip. As soon as a final permit is issued, the IHH along with other international organisations will immediately set up the convoy.
The chairman of IHH, a major organiser of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla I, said that Turkish army troops will accompany the ships to protect it from any potential attack, pointing out that his organisation demanded the government to provide protection for them as Turkish citizens.
Maze Keheil, the president of the European Campaign for Lifting the Siege on Gaza, confirmed his campaign’s intention to take part in the new flotilla, as it did in first one in 2010.
This report appears to be based on unreliable Iranian and Palestinian sources, so we will be looking for confirmation in the coming days.
A report report authored by the GMBDW editor looked at the role of IHH as the lead organization for the June 2010 Gaza Flotilla that was involved in a violent altercation with Israeli naval forces. Some of the conclusions of that reported included:
- There is strong evidence for Turkish governmental involvement in the Gaza flotilla incident, with Turkish government support channeled through the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood network. Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood. The IHH was not acting alone but rather was an integral part of a Turkish Muslim Brotherhood network.
- The Gaza flotilla incident brought into sharp focus an even more significant long- term development: the growing relationship between the Erdogan government and the Global Muslim Brotherhood, which has given rise to some of the most notorious Islamist terrorist groups – from al-Qaeda to Hamas. Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood, while the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip acted as the main axis for this activity.
- Although IHH declared that the flotilla was humanitarian in nature, the history of IHH suggests that it is not only a humanitarian organization…..Aside from these terrorist connections, this report demonstrates that IHH and the rest of the Turkish/MB network are in fact Islamist, politicized organizations.
The JCPA report contains extensive information on the extremist/terrorist ties of IHH. Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported last week that the IHH was recruiting “human shields” to serve in the Gaza conflict.
In September 2012, the GMBDW reported that the IHH might have been involved in transporting weapons to Syria on behalf of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
In June 2012, we reported that the IHH President was being investigated for allegedly financing al-Qaeda through his organization.