The Federation of Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO), a youth organization tied to Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, has issued its own condemnation of Israeli military action in Gaza. As with almost all such statements from Brotherhood organizations reported so far, no mention is made either of Hamas or its rocket campaign again Israel:
July 16, 2014 FEMYSO condemns in the strongest language the latest Israeli military assault in the Gaza Strip and calls on the international community, especially EU members, to take immediate steps to halt the killing of innocent civilians and hold those responsible for these atrocities accountable.
Israel has claimed it is engaging in surgically targeting militants in Gaza, however the indiscriminate nature of the strikes is demonstrated by the number of fatalities, which is over fifty including children, while the number of wounded has exceeded four hundred.
The current aggression is tantamount to the collective punishment on the inhabitants of Gaza. Collective punishment and indiscriminate targeting of civilian areas is a violation of international law.
It is surprising that Europe, whose union is founded on human rights, remains silent in the face of these violations. FEMYSO calls on Israel to immediately halt all forms of aggression against the innocent residents of Gaza and for the EU to condemn this aggression and immediately engage various community leaders and relevant organizations to fulfill our international and moral obligations.
The statement goes to describe the founding of FEMYSO:
FEMYSO was founded in 1996 in Sweden at a time when Muslim youth from across Europe felt the need to come together to create a united body, to share ideas and experiences, help develop the capacity of Muslim European youth and represent their concerns and views to the European institutions.
This explanation conveniently omits the role of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the umbrella organization for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe as well as the relationship between FEMYSO and the Saudi World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). A 2008 report authored by the GMBDW editor explains:
Another source says that FEMYSO was created by a joint initiative of the FIOE and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth together with several national Muslim youth organizations. In 2004, the FIOE website included FEMYSO as one of its “central organizations” and described it as: “…a forum that consists of dozens of youth and student organizations and associations spanning most of Europe….The organization is headquartered in central Brussels, occupying one of two offices in a second floor office suite. The adjacent office is occupied by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). In 2003, Belgian phone records listed Bassen Hatahet, likely Bassem Hatahet, the FIOE member and Belgium Muslim Brotherhood leader, at the same address and a telephone number that belonged to the FEMYSO operation.
The report goes on to look at the relationship between various FEMYSO leaders and the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
In March, the GMBDW reported that Youssef Himmat, likely the son of German Muslim Brotherhood leader Ghaleb Ali Himmat, had been selected by the Secretary General of the Council Of Europe (COE) to serve for 2014-2-15 as member of the Council’s Advisory Council on Youth.
In August 2013 we reported that FEMYSO had elected new leadership that included children or close relatives of important European Muslim Brotherhood leaders including the daughter of Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi.
CNN Turkey is reporting in Turkish that the Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) is recruiting “human shields” to serve in the Gaza conflict and that 73 people including 38 women have already registered.
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 report contains extensive information on the extremist/terrorist ties of IHH. Read the rest here.
In September 2012, the GMBDW reported that 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 financing Al-Qaeda through the IHH.
The Scottish government has published comments by External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf who says that the country “stands ready to accept Palestinian refugees” from the Gaza conflict. According to the report:
July 18, 2014 Commenting on the latest situation in Gaza and Israel and confirming that Scotland stands ready to accept Palestinian refugees, External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf said:
‘The start of a ground offensive is a serious and worrying development. The lives lost in this conflict are individual human tragedies and the killing of innocent civilians, be they Palestinian or Israeli, is to be utterly condemned. The rocket attacks on Israel are unacceptable and should stop, as should the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which is heavily disproportionate, as demonstrated by the mounting civilian death toll.
‘As a Government we continue to call for a complete cessation to all violence and add our voice to those in the international community for an immediate, longer term ceasefire, and that both sides in this conflict put an end to the violence that is causing so many civilian deaths and injuries.
‘The worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza has been well documented and the UN now estimates that over 18,000 people have been internally displaced. I have today written to the Home Secretary and told her that Scotland would be willing to accept Palestinian refugees and urged the UK to also play a part in easing the refugee crisis in Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Read the rest here.
Scottish media reported that until 2009, Humza Yousaf had been a director of the Scottish Islamic Foundation (SIF), headed by his cousin Osama Saeed, a former official with the Muslim Association of Britain, part of the UK Muslim Brotherhood. The SIF was officially launched in 2008 and a UK think-tank has reported on its ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. A UK media report observed that former SIF chief Executive Osama Saeed enjoyed close relations with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond for whom he used to work as a researcher and documents Saeed’s controversial background including calls for an Islamic Caliphate and equivocal stands on terrorism. Saeed had been a candidate for the Scottish parliament on the ticket of the Scotttish Nationalist Party (SNP) and resigned his post as head of the SIF following an audit of the SIF accounts. SIF had been known to enjoy good relations with the Scottish government, receiving government funding on more than one occasion, although its links with the government were questioned by the Scottish Conservative party in 2010, noting the SIF ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The SIF ceased to exist sometime probably in 2011.
As for Humza Yousaf himself, his official biography notes that he had been a volunteer for Islamic Relief since the age of 10 and in the last two years has voluntarily worked as the media spokesman for Islamic Relief Scotland. Islamic Relief Worldwide is headquartered in the UK and has close ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. The GMBDW reported in June that Israel had banned Islamic Relief Worldwide from operating in Israel saying that it is involved in sending cash to Hamas. His biography also says that he “is an alumnus of the US State Department’s prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme”, known to have facilitated networking between US and Global Muslim Brotherhood groups and perhaps explaining the 2008 partnership between the SIF and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The GMBDW reported in October 2008 on meetings between Humza Yousaf and Osama Saeed and the Turkish AKP as well as with Wadah Khanfar, at that the Director-General of Al Jazeera but also known to be close to Hamas and the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Mr Saeed is current employed as the Head of Media and Public Relations at the Al Jazeera Media Network.
Although the Minister for External Affairs and International Development is a junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government and the minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet, the GMBDW wonders about the role of Mr. Yousaf in an independent Scottish government should that come to pass and what the implications might be for an independent Scotland’s foreign policy.
The Al-Monitor news portal has translated an Arabic language report titled “Jordan government may shift policy toward Brotherhood” which looks at the possibility of a change in the Kingdom’s stance towards the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. The article begins:
July 9, 2014 Today a question is being posed: Has this behavior changed even though the unrest near Jordan, in Iraq and Syria, is at its highest, especially after the growing influence and threat of the terrorist organization called the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham)?
This question came after the Jordanian government boycotted the fourth general conference of the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of Jordan’s Brotherhood, and after the government prevented any public or private hall in the kingdom from hosting the conference, forcing the organizers to hold it in a tent a few days ago.
The government’s action sent a ‘strong’ message that betting on the Brotherhood’s ‘moderation’ in the face of extremists, jihadists, and those who use armed violence, has undergone a ‘modification.’ The Jordanian government’s decades-old view that the Brotherhood is moderate has somewhat changed after the so-called Arab Spring.”
The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood made a mistake by trying to draw strength from the Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt and Mohammed Morsi becoming president. Senior Brotherhood leaders in Jordan declared that change was on the way to Jordan and that an “Islamic state” would soon be established.
Read the rest here.
In March, the GMBDW recommended an article suggesting that suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was facing an increasingly deteriorating situation.
For a revealing look into internal conflicts within the Jordanian Brotherhood, go here.
For a history of extremism by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, go here.
For an analysis of the relationship between the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the government, go here.
The US-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has joined other elements of the Global Muslim Brotherhood in condemning Israeli military action in Gaza without mentioning either Hamas by or its rocket campaign. According to the MPAC statement:
July 16, 2014 Washington, DC For the last nine days, innocent Palestinian civilians have been bombarded with an aggressive Israeli military campaign by land, sea and air, backed by U.S. political cover and financial support. Of the more than 200 Palestinians killed, more than 80 percent have been civilians according to the United Nations. That means four out of five Palestinians killed have been civilians, including large numbers of women and children. To date, one Israeli has been killed by Hamas rocket fire and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel will intensify its military campaign.
MPAC calls on all people of conscience to speak up for Palestinians who have been treated as silent statistics instead of innocent human lives. Changing U.S. policy requires changing U.S. public opinion on the conflict.
Please take three steps to stand up for human rights and the equal value of Palestinian lives:
Read the rest here.
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. In December 2009, MPAC reported that “Israeli doctors had extracted human organs from dead Palestinians during the 1988 intifada and into the 1990s.” MPAC leader Salam Al-Marayati suggested on a talk radio show on September 11, 2001 that Israel might have been behind the 911attacks.
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. A 1989 US Muslim Brotherhood document introduced as evidence in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial refers to the last name of one of the MPAC leaders, Mather Hathout, in a list of “Islamic Centers and Groups in the field.” 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.
In line with its other past statement on the Gaza conflict, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has issued a relatively restrained statement on the current violence. The ISNA statement begins:
7/15/14 Plainfield, IN The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the largest and oldest American Muslim umbrella organization, calls on President Obama and his Administration to demand that both Israelis and Palestinians to accept the Egyptian-proposed cease fire. This latest cycle of violence was prompted by the murder of three Israeli teenagers and revenge killing of a Palestinian youth.
Israel since last week, has been relentlessly bombing and shelling the Gaza strip, claiming the lives of nearly 200 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and more than 1,100 wounded. Israel has reported two civilian injuries following hundreds rockets fired from Gaza. Both actions according to human rights organizations, constitute a gross violation of international humanitarian law.
News reports indicate that Israel may be preparing for a large ground incursion into the Gaza strip. Efforts must be made to prevent this escalation at all costs. Peace cannot be negotiated as long as violence ensues, and the region has already suffered far too much bloodshed. Provocation on one side only leads to retaliation from the other, and all efforts must be made to prevent further devastation on either side.
In a statement, ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid said:
Read the rest here
The GMBDW reported during the December 2008 Gaza-Israeli conflict, ISNA had issued one of the less inflammatory statements on the crisis. A September 2012 statement on Gaza was also relatively restrained.
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. 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 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
For a profile of ISNA, go here.
For a detailed analysis of ISNA and its recent history, go here.
JewishPress.com, a US news portal, has published an article titled “Hamas Officials Get Rich in Gaza” which looks the wealth accumulated by Hamas leaders in Gaza. According to the report, some of this wealth was gathered in cooperation with the cooperation of the Muslim Brotherhood:
July 13th, 2014 The Gaza Strip may be renowned as one of the poorest strips of land on earth – the Strip’s per capita GDP of $3100 per annum puts Gaza in 171st place out of 226 countries, and unemployment hangs steadily around 40 percent – but the economic crunch hasn’t hit everybody in the region.
According to a report released Sunday on the Globes website, the Hamas government takes a standard 20 percent ‘tax’ on goods that enter Gaza via the smuggling tunnels. Unfortunately, the government cut of the imports have failed to reach most Gazans, but a certain proportion of Gaza residents have capitalized on the opportunities over the past decade to have become multi-millionaires: The senior Hamas leadership.
According to the Globes,the big winner out of Hamas’ eight-year rule of Gaza is none other than Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a native opt the Sha’athi refugee camp and former right-hand man to Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
But in contrast to most refugee families, in 2010 Haniyeh reportedly purchased a 2,500 square meter plot of land in Gaza City for $4 million. Globes reported that in order not to draw attention to the purchase, he registered the land in the name of his daughter, Nabil. Since then, he has continued purchasing real estate, under the names of his 13 children.
Read the rest here.
The Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and soon after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the newly-opened border to review Hamas military formations. A Hamas journalist has acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons and Hamas is known to be supported financially and politically by the global Muslim Brotherhood. A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman revealed that a coalition of London-based Muslim groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, were behind the mass demonstrations staged to protest Israeli actions in the 2008 Gaza war and the Global Muslim Brotherhood and its Turkish affiliates were also intimately involved, along with the Turkish government, in the June 2010 Gaza flotilla that was involved in a violent altercation with Israeli naval forces. Following a period of seeming ascension related to the period of Egyptian rule by the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization was forced to scramble to try and find other state sponsors after Mohamed Morsi was deposed as President. In September 2013, it appeared that Hamas had succeeded in re-establishing close ties with Iran. In January 2013, Israeli intelligence sources claimed that Turkey has replaced Iran as the chief source of Hamas financing.
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Muslim Brotherhood has issued a statement on the violence in Gaza that harshly criticizes what it calls “the coup’s own horrendous crimes in Egypt.” The statement also refers to Hamas rocket attacks on Israel as “a maneuver, unprecedented in battles anywhere in the world”:
With Arab, regional and international complicity, the Zionist enemy committed its latest massacres in Gaza, which claimed the lives of hundreds of unarmed civilians and wounded hundreds more, mostly women and children. This comes only days after a visit by the coup’s intelligence chief to the Zionist enemy – fresh evidence to the murderous coup commander’s subservience to the Zionists.
It is most obvious that Zionist atrocities in Gaza are a reflection of the coup’s own horrendous crimes in Egypt. Absurd acts like closing Rafah crossing and restricting relief efforts for the people of Gaza are part and parcel of the coup regime’s unquestioning support for this brutal aggression, which the Egyptian people will not forgive. All those involved will be held accountable one day soon. All traitors will be held to task.
Saturday witnessed a maneuver, unprecedented in battles anywhere in the world, when Hamas pre-warned the Zionist enemy that it would bombard Tel Aviv one hour later. Then, the whole world witnessed as millions of Zionist entity residents rushed to shelters and Gaza warriors delivered on their promise and their resistance missiles showered Tel Aviv and other occupied Palestine territories, in an operation code-named ‘Crushed Straw’. The above tactic affirms a number of points and messages:
- The Zionist enemy is nothing but a paper tiger. All publicity about its superiority and the myth of its army is nothing but propaganda meant to scare other states and peoples. The brave Palestinian resistance has revealed the fragility of this enemy. Will the nation and its armies take a clue? Will they tread the right path and provide the heroes of resistance with what they need to achieve ultimate victory?
Read the rest here.
An Arab business publication has reported that a Kuwaiti MP has called for the country to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. According to an Arabian Business.com report, Nabil Al Fadhel said the Brotherhood in Kuwait were the most dangerous because they helped finance branches in other states:
July 13, 2014 A Kuwaiti MP has called for the country to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, in line with fellow Gulf states Saudi Arabia and the UAE. According to Arabic daily Al Seyassah, Nabil Al Fadhel said the group’s members in Kuwait were the most dangerous branch of the pan-Arab organisation because they helped finance branches in other states. The Brotherhood has been banned in some Gulf states, which oppose it, but it continues to be supported by Qatar, while the Kuwaiti rulers have allowed the group to operate within its borders but without a role in politics. Since the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, a year ago, hundreds of the group’s supporters there have been sentenced to death. Al Fadhel was quoted as saying that Kuwait should follow in the footsteps of its neighbours by banning the group, which in that country is led by Mubarak Al Duwailah.”
Other relevant GMBDW coverage has included:
- In January we reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood had sharply criticized the Egyptian government’s decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
- In February 2013, we reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood was supporting the formation of an opposition alliance.
- In January 2013, we reported that a Kuwaiti MP had alleged there were Muslim Brotherhood “sleeper cells” operating in Kuwait.
- In November 2012, we reported on comments by the Dubai police chief accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of creating unrest in the UAE. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan also said that UAE Muslim Brotherhood members who had been arrested had met with Kuwaiti Brotherhood “mentors” including Tariq Al-Suwaidan.
- In January 2012, German media reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood had boycotted the parliamentary elections which were won largely by Shiites. Despite the boycott, the Brotherhood won four seats.
In November 2013, two Carnegie Foundation analysts posted an article that looked at the status of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait.
UAE media is reporting that officials in the UAE have arrested members of what is described as a cell controlled by Qatari intelligence that was attempting to re-establish the Muslim Brotherhood presence in the country as well as planning to aid an Al Qaeda linked group in Syria. According to the report:
July 9, 2014 Abu Dhabi: A Qatari cell, said to have been operating in the UAE under the direct supervision of Qatari intelligence, has been smashed, Gulf News has learnt. ‘
A group of Qatari men, directly overseen and controlled by the Qatari intelligence was arrested in the UAE,’ a senior official told Gulf News.
The official added the cell had been attempting to re-establish Al Islah group, linked to Egypt’s terrorist designated Muslim Brotherhood.
Al Islah was disbanded after more than 65 people accused of plotting an Islamist coup in the UAE were handed prison terms — some up to 15 years — last year.
Twenty six of the defendants were acquitted.
The official said the Qatari cell had also been planning to recruit members and raise money for Jabhat Al Nusra, an Al Qaida-linked rebel group in Syria fighting troops loyal to President Bashar Al Assad.
Read the rest here.
GMBDW coverage of related events in the UAE has included:
- The GMBDW reported in March that a court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had sentenced thee individuals to prison terms of up to seven years on various charges relating to aiding and abetting the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE.
- The GMBDW reported in January that thirty men were sentenced to prison on charges of establishing and running a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE.
- The GMBDW reported in November 2013 that UAE had launched a trial of 30 Emiratis and Egyptians charged with setting up an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
- The GMBDW reported in July 2013 that 65 suspects charged by the UAE authorities on similar charges of setting up an illegal branch of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood had received sentences of up to 15 years.
- A post from June 2013 reported that 30 Egyptians and Emiratis had been charged in connection with that case.
- In January 2013, the UAE announced that it would try 94 people on charges of trying to seize power in that country.
Relevant resources include:
- In April, the Gulf News posted an article titled “Rise and fall of Muslim Brotherhood in UAE” that provides interesting detail about the operations of the Muslim Brotherhood in that country.
- In October 2013, Egyptian journalist Abdel Latif el-Menawy published an article titled “From Refuge To Rebellion, The Gulf’s Muslim Brotherhood” that looks at the history of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf countries and its relationship to the Egyptian organization.
- The New York Times reported in January 3013 on the continuing conflict between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.