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
The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, has issued a call for “a free global outburst” to direct world attention to toward what the statement calls “attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds (Jerusalem).” The statement begins:
October 8, 2014 The International Union for Muslim Scholars is following with deep concern, the escalating criminal acts by the Zionists occupiers on the land of Palestine, towards Al-Aqsa Mosque from very serious the raids, and the launch of stun grenades inside the mosque that led to the burning of some of the carpets of the mosque, in addition to the continuous intrusion calls by Zionists groups, that reached to claim opening a door for the Jews in Al-Aqsa Al-Shareef Mosque, it is unfortunate that all of this and more is happening in amid of global silence and especially the Arab and Islamic silence! Except for those who have a mercy from my Lord. In the ambience of such criminal acts of Zionism, against the Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa and the people of Al-Quds, IUMS sees the following:
1. The Union denounces the stormed of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Zionist occupiers, and by Israeli security forces that dropped bombs ,which led to the burning of some Carpets in Al-Aqsa Mosque, also the Union condemns the attack on the people of Al-Quds while the Zionists who are trying to attack Al-Aqsa Mosque.
2.The Union warns of continuing such criminal acts toward Palestine and its just cause, and confirms that the Zionists are the aggressor and occupier of the blessed land and its people according to the laws and norms and international law.
3.The International Union calls all the world and international organizations to work in order to stop this Zionist crime, and stop t h e unexplained silence, at the time where the world is establishing an alliances against the organizations that are shown an extremist, while standing silently in front of an occupied that is breaking the laws without being stopped by anyone.
Read the rest here.
In addition, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood also issued a statement that
…..demands that Arab and Muslim peoples meet the call of the International Union for Muslim Scholars to support Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday, October 17th so the Zionists, their puppets and accomplices realize the time for liberating Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque from the barbaric criminals is upon them.
Reuters reported earlier this week on clashes at the al-Aqsa compound.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque is often the subject of various Global Muslim Brotherhood conspiracies theories involving alleged Israeli plots and plans to destroy the mosque and the GMBDW judges that Qaradawi is using the occasion of the current clashes to attempt to divert world focus over ISIS.
In March 2013, the GMBDW reported that Israeli Muslim Brotherhood leader Raed Salah had warned U.S. President Obama not to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque during his upcoming visit to Israel. A post from September 2012 reported on comments by Salah in which he predicted that Israel actions toward the Al-Aqsa Mosque will “speed up the demise of the Zionist entity.”
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.
For a profile on the IUMS, go here.
Islamist media has reported that the Canadian national police issued a statement saying they could not support a handbook on radicalization and terrorism co-produced by the Canadian branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to an Iqra.ca report, the RCMP objected to what was described as the “adversarial tone” of the publication:
‘After a final review of the handbook, the RCMP could not support the adversarial tone set by elements of the booklet and therefore directed RCMP Manitoba not to proceed with this initiative,’ said the RCMP news release.
The Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) yesterday announced the public launch of the 38-page handbook for Canadian Muslim communities about radicalization towards violent extremism.
The handbook, United Against Terrorism: A Collaborative Effort Towards a Secure, Inclusive, and Just Canada, answers questions about radicalization and provides Canadian Muslims with tools to confront misinformation and challenge discrimination. ‘
The RCMP contributed to Section 3 of the handbook entitled ‘Understanding Radicalization and the role of RCMP in law enforcement and national security’. We are not responsible for other material contained in this publication,’ stated the news release.
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported in July 2013 that the Canadian Branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) had announced that it has renamed itself as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) as well as having changed its logo. In August 2013, we reported on a Point de Bascule blog analysis documenting the clear and unambiguous relationship between the US and Canadian branches of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a relationship that was denied by CAIR-Canada. The Point de Bascule blog has also published a history of the legal battle between CAIR and ISNA to get the acronym CAIR as trade-mark in Canada.
The most important leader of CAIR-Canada has been Jamal Badawi, also a leader in many of the most important Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR Canada), the Fiqh Council of North America, the Muslim American Society (MAS), the European Council for Fatwa and Research and the International Union of Muslim Scholars. Documents released during the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial indicate that Dr. Badawi was (and probably still is) a member of the leadership structure of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
For a profile on the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its ties to Hamas and the US Muslim Brotherhood, go here.
Al Jazeera has reported on what can only be described as a highly equivocal condemnation of ISIS by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Ramadan. According to the report, Ramadan seems to be more concerned with criticizing what he calls “dictators” in the Islamic world than he is with ISIS itself:
Oct 12 2014 ‘They [ISIL] are distorting the whole message. So we have to respond to this by saying … what you are doing, killing innocent people, implementing so-called ‘Sharia’ or the so-called ‘Islamic State’, this is against everything that is coming from Islam,’ says Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Islamic scholar.
‘It is not a caliphate,’ Ramadan says about ISIL. ‘It is just people playing with politics referring to religious sources. And this is why [as] Muslim scholars, Muslim intellectuals, we have to be quite clear about this. We have to speak the truth and be quite clear about the fact that if they are not representing what are the Islamic principles, many of the dictators today are not representing Islam either.
‘They have nothing to do with [Islamic] principles because our principles are clear: that the one who is leading should be chosen by people who are followers or citizens. So many countries who are dealing with the West are not as bad as Daesh (ISIL) today, but they are bad,’ he adds.
Ramadan concedes that those who speak for the mainstream understanding of Islam face a challenge for the hearts and minds of Muslims.
‘The main problems of Muslims are coming from the Muslims; from Muslim-majority countries,’ he says. ‘And then when we start to be critical and say we are going to speak out against all the dictators, then some of the scholars who responded to Daesh today and are speaking about the so-called Islamic State, saying this is wrong in Islam, they are the same scholars that are supporting dictators.’
Read the entire article here.
Tariq Ramadan is best described as an independent power center within the Global Muslim Brotherhood who has sufficient stature as the son of Said Ramadan and the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood to challenge positions taken by important Brotherhood leaders. His statements and writings have been extensively analyzed and he has been accused by critics of promoting anti-Semitism and fundamentalism, albeit by subtle means. On the other hand, his supporters promote him as as example of an Islamic reformer who is in the forefront of developing a “Euro Islam.”
For a profile of Tariq Ramadan, go here.
The Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood has issued a press release reporting that Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the Tunisian Ennahda Party, visited the US in late September. According to the release, Mr. Ghannouchi was invited to speak at Yale and Columbia Universities as well as at the US Institute of Peace (USIP):
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia’s Ennahdha (Renaissance) Party, visited the U.S. this week to urge lawmakers to publicly support democracy as Tunisia heads for Parliamentary elections on October 26. As the first, post-revolution Arab Spring country to conduct what are expected to be free and fair elections, Tunisia offers a sharp contrast to the region’s extremes.
‘Tunisia’s democratic journey is still nascent – and a visible support for the electoral process and its outcome will be crucial not just for Tunisia, but for the whole region and the U.S.,’ said Ghannouchi. ‘A lot is riding on Tunisia’s elections – it will be one of the most consequential electoral contests the world community will witness.’
Ghannouchi was invited to speak at Yale University in Connecticut and Columbia University in New York, and also addressed the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC this week. He reiterated that Tunisia’s consensus-based model will showcase that Islam and democracy can co-exist in the Arab world.
Read the rest here.
A Middle Eastern news portal provides details about Mr. Ghannouchi’s comments at the USIP:
“One flower cannot make the spring,” Ghannouchi told a small group of reporters at the US Institute of Peace at the start of a visit to the United States during which he will also meet key US administration officials.
Ennahda last week unveiled an ambitious platform for the parliamentary elections, saying it was confident of a greater victory than the one achieved three years ago.
“By the end of this year we can guarantee that Tunisia will be the first Arab democracy,” Ghannouchi said, speaking in English.
“But we need the support of the United States for this experience, which can be considered as the alternative of extremism and terrorism and war,” he said.
Ghannouchi pointed to cooperation over the past three years between moderate Islamic parties and moderate secularists in Tunisia as “a very rare experience in the Arab world” and one which can serve as an example that “democracy and Islam can work together, are compatible.”
“There is a part of the Middle East (where) there is a candle still shining,” he said.
Ennahda rejects any form of what he called “terrorism,” but Ghannouchi insisted that to fight groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, a program of social justice was needed to ensure there was food on the table and jobs.
Despite his claim that Ennahda rejects any form of terrorism, in May 2013, the GMBDW reported that Mr. Ghannouchi had called for young people to realize that “Jihad belongs in Palestine.” In 2011, Mr. Ghannouchi gave an Arabic-language interview in which he predicted the end of Israel, a viewpoint which is not surprising given that he has had a long history of ties to Palestinian extremism and calls for terrorism. In February 2009, Mr. Ghannouchi was a signatory to the so-called Istanbul declaration that called for the opening of a “third jihadist front” against Israel. The statement was the result of a conference held under the auspices of the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign (GAAC), an international Islamist umbrella group comprised of Islamist scholars tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood as well as Salafi-Jihadi scholars including individuals designated as terrorists by the US government.
For a profile on Rachid Ghannouchi, go here.
For a profile on the Ennahda Party and its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, go here.