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The website of US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, has announced that a group of Congressmen have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury urging it to do more to designate and sanction individuals and entities that provide financial, political or material support for Hamas. According to the announcement:

Hamas

Hamas

December 9, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – Today U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, was joined by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa subcommittee, and Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chairman and Ranking Member respectively of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury urging it to do more to designate and sanction individuals and entities that provide financial, political or material support for Hamas – a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization. The letter was cosigned by 20 additional Members of the two subcommittees. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

‘It’s no secret that Turkey and Qatar provide refuge to many Hamas operatives, and that both of these supposed American allies have become major terror financial hubs. While the Treasury Department has taken significant action against Hamas and its supporters, more can be done to halt support for this terrorist group. Both Turkey and Qatar have thus far been extremely lax in enforcing their terror financing laws and taking action against U.S. designated individuals or entities. By going after those individuals and entities tied to support for Hamas, Treasury can send a strong message to both governments that they need to get on board and sanction entities that are supporting terrorism or risk further isolation from America and our financial sector.’

The letter itself singles out key Hamas operative Saleh al-Arouri, located in Turkey and who is believed to head Hamas’ terrorist operations in the West Bank. To see the final, signed letter, please click here.

In August, the GMBDW was the first to report that  that Salah al-Arouri, a Hamas military leader residing in Turkey, had admitted that the Hamas military wing was responsible for the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers,, an event which sparked the most recent round of the Gaza conflict. In November, the GMBDW reported that  Israel had arrested dozens of members of a Hamas terror network said to be funded and directed by Hamas officials in Turkey and led by Saleh al-Arouri.

A 2011 report report authored by the GMBDW editor was the first to identify Turkey as a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

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UK media is is reporting on the launch of multiple new Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated TV stations, located mainly in Turkey. According to the BBC report, the new channels are said to be financially backed by Qatar:

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Qatar Flag

December 8, 2014 Despite the closure of its Egypt-based media in the wake of the ouster of Islamist President Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has continued to expand its media machine, with more and more TV stations and websites being launched overseas.

But the group might have spread its media wings too thinly. Its ever-growing outlets seem to have fallen short of having any conspicuous or significant influence on public opinion, whether in favour of the group or against the current regime of President Abd-al-Fattah al-Sisi.

The MB’s media apparatus was shut down at home right after the unseating of President Morsi in July 2013. Misr 25, the group’s then only official TV station, was closed on the day Morsi was ousted, as were other supportive Islamist channels.

This and the restrictions it faced afterwards led the MB to turn its attention outside Egypt. The warm relations between Morsi and the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been a vocal critic of Al-Sisi, made Turkey a key destination.

In less than 18 months, nearly half a dozen TV stations have been launched there, with suggestive names, such as Al-Shar’iyah (The Legitimacy), Rabi’ah (the name of square where Morsi’s supporters protested against his ouster), Mikammilin (We are continuing), Misr Al-An (Egypt Now) and Al-Sharq (The East).

The MB-affiliated TV channels are said to be financially backed by the tiny oil-rich state of Qatar, a key supporter of the MB.”

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported in September on the announcement by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood that a number of its leaders had been asked by Qatar to leave the country. As we said in that post, we had doubts on the major media interpretation that the announcement represented a watershed in the relationship of Qatar with the Brotherhood. To repeat:

The relocation of a group of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders and clerics, while clearly a token gesture, does nothing at all to dismantle the significant infrastructure located in Qatar propping up the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

Qatari backing of the Muslim Brotherhood TV stations as described above would seem to confirm our interpretation of the September announcement.

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Reuters has published an article titled “Sisters In The Vanguard As Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Battles To Survive ” which looks at the current activities of the “Muslim Sisterhood.” The article begins:

December 15, 2014 (Reuters) – In homes and streets around Egypt, women are keeping alive a group the authorities are determined to crush. They teach Muslim Brotherhood values to children, organize its protests, preserve its networks, and take an ever more prominent role in politics.

The Brotherhood has been in retreat since the army overthrew elected Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in July 2013, launching a crackdown that has seen it banned as a terrorist group and thousands of its members jailed.

With most Brotherhood leaders in jail or exile, women who have long lived in their shadow have been thrust into the vanguard of the organization’s battle for survival.

Long accustomed to a supportive role focused on education and social work, the experience of the past 17 months, however bitter, has imbued the female members of the Muslim Brotherhood, known as Muslim Sisters, with new confidence.

In a patriarchal and conservative movement, it is unclear how far they can go, but for many, there is no turning back.

“Our experience has shown that we can lead. We might make mistakes but we fix them and move on and that’s better than standing on the sidelines,” said Heba, a Muslim Sister in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria. “We won’t go back.”

Read the rest here.

 In October 2012, the GMBDW discussed an article titled “The Muslim Sister” which looked at the women’s section of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

In July 2011, we reported that the Muslim Sisterhood had held its first conference in 60 years.

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In the latest in a long series of bad news for Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, Egyptian media is reporting that his International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) is being expelled from an international Islamic council. According to an Ahram Online report, the IUMS and ten other unidentified groups are being dropped from the Council because they mix preaching with politics, and support terrorist groups:

International Islamic Council for Da`wa and Relief

International Islamic Council for Da`wa and Relief

The International Islamic Council on Tuesday expelled a group led by Egyptian cleric Youssef Al-Qaradawi, a sympathiser of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, after Interpol issued a warrant for his arrest. The council, whose main aim is to promote the message of Islam and charity work, said Qaradawi’s International Union of Muslim Scholars, and ten other groups, were dropped because they mix preaching with politics, and support terrorist groups.

An Interpol arrest warrant was issued for the Qatari-based cleric on Friday, upon Egypt’s request, as he is being tried in absentia for charges of ‘agreement, incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft.’

Al-Qaradawi denied the charges on his Facebook page.

‘I did not kill, and I have never incited to murder to justify Interpol putting me on their wanted list,’ Al-Qaradawi said.

Oil-rich Qatar, whose ties with Egypt nose-dived following Morsi’s ouster, offered sanctuary to a number of Brotherhood leaders who fled a harsh state crackdown by the post-Morsi authorities.

Read the rest here.

The Council referred to in the above report is likely the Cairo-based International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief, (IICDR), an umbrella group for 86 Islamic organizations, many of which had known for being associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas fundraising, or support for Al Qaeda. The Egyptian state news service announced last Thursday that Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb had opened a two day conference of the IICDR which further increases the likelihood that this is the organization referred to in ther above report. The IICDR website does not as of yet show any changes to its list of affiliated organizations, but we will continue to monitor for any future changes.

The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) was launched on July 11, 2004 in conjunction with a visit by 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.

Whatever the basis for the Egyptian charges, Youssef Qaradawi is considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations. He is also known to have called for attacks on US troops and civilians in Iraq.  Last week, the GMBDW reported that Qaradawi had denied  the charges against him writing “‘I did not kill and I never incited to murder.”

The GMBDW was the first Western media to report on the INTERPOL Red Notice issued for Qaradawi.

For a profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.

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Israeli media is reporting that Hamas has marked the occasion of the 27th anniversary of its founding with a massive military parade in the Gaza strip. According to a Ynetnews report:

Hamas

Hamas

December 14, 2014 Hamas has in recent days stepped up its attempts at psychological warfare against Israel, test firing rockets out to sea, posting leaked videos of IDF investigations – and on Sunday staging a massive military parade in the Gaza Strip to mark the 27th anniversary of its creation.   Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter   The parade from the organization that has controlled the Gaza Strip for the past seven years included various units from its military wing, including a rocket unit and its naval commandos.

As part of its propaganda drive, Hamas issued a video in which a silhouetted figure shows up at the end. Hamas claims that the figure is Mohammed Deif, the founder of the military wing who was targeted by the IDF during the summer conflict.

It is impossible to establish whether this is really Deif, whom some in the defense establishment believe was killed in Gaza in August. In the background of the purported appearance plays a speech Deif gave during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012.

Among the speakers at the rally was Hamas military wing spokesman Abu Obeida, who became a familiar name during Operation Protective Edge over the summer.   ‘Hamas was able to stop the ambitions of the Zionist enterprise and because of that, it is today on the verge of collapsing and disappearing,’ he said.

Read the rest here.

Earlier this month, the GMDW discussed another Israeli report indicating Hamas is one of the two richest terrorist organizations in the world, second only to the Islamic State.

For a profile of Hamas, go here.

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A Turkish news portal is reporting that the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina has condemned Interpol’s Red Notice issued for Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. According to a WorldBulletin News report:

Youssef Qaradawi

Youssef Qaradawi

December 10, 2014 A religious body of Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina has condemned the recent Interpol red notice issued to a senior Doha-based Egyptian cleric.

The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina Wednesday condemned the Interpol’s notice issued to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who heads the World Association of Muslim Scholars and is said to be closely linked with the intellectual wing of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood organization.

In a statement issued on the body’s official website, The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina termed the notice ‘an attack on freedom of expression.’

‘You may agree or disagree with Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s political views. However, it is unacceptable to apply pressure on him because of his intellectual ideas or different point of view.

The Islamic Community strongly condemns this action and expresses deep concern about how the Interpol is being used as a tool to restrict freedom of expression,’ the statement said.

Read the rest here.

The  position of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Qaradawi is no doubt related to its long time leader the former Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric who has for many years served as a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) headed by Qaradawi. In June, The Telegraph in the UK cited the GMBDW as the source for their story on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Brotherhood links of Dr. Ceric, one of the Foundation’s advisors. 

Whatever the basis for the Egyptian charges, Youssef Qaradawi is considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations. He is also known to have called for attacks on US troops and civilians in Iraq.  Last week, the GMBDW reported that Qaradawi had denied  the charges against him writing “‘I did not kill and I never incited to murder.”

The GMBDW was the first Western media to report on the INTERPOL Red Notice issued for Qaradawi.

For a profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.

For a profile of Dr. Ceric, go here.

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Media in Yemen is reporting that the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen has signed an agreement with Shiite Houthi militants to end the conflict between them. According to a Yemen Times report:

Al-Islah Yemen

Al-Islah Yemen

Nov. 30—Representatives of the Islah Party met with Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi in Sa’ada city on Thursday, according to a news update released on Friday by Al-Sahwa Net, a news website affiliated with the Islah Party.

The names of the Islah Party delegates who attended the meeting were not mentioned.

According to the news release, the two sides agreed to put an end to all forms of fighting and tension between them. The news release read: ‘The Islah Party delegation met Abdulmalik Al-Houthi on Thursday. The two sides agreed to put their differences aside and turn over a new leaf, rooted in trust and cooperation, and the implementation of the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement.’

The agreement followed several months of tension and clashes between Houthis and Islah Party members. Since the Houthi takeover of Sana’a on Sept. 21, Houthis have stormed, taken over, and seized a number of Islah Party headquarters and buildings belonging to its members.

Among the buildings seized were the homes of prominent Islah Party members Hamid Al-Ahmar and Ali Mohsen. Hamid Al-Ahmar is a prominent business mogul, while Ali Mohsen is the former commander of the First Armored Division, which led a series of wars against the Houthis between 2004 and 2010. “

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported in September on the takeover of the Yemeni capital Sana by Houthi militants. We reported last month on an article titled “in Yemen’s Turmoil, Is The Muslim Brotherhood The Main Loser?” that looked at the losses suffered by the Muslim Brotherhood as a result of the current Houthi offensive. In February 2013, the GMBDW reported on Hamid al-Ahmar, identified above as a leader in the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood.

The Al-Islah Party in Yemen is identified by an Israeli research center  as the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. One of the other important leaders of Al-Islah is Abdul Majeed al-Zindani. In addition to his leadership of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood, Zindani also has strong links to the global Muslim Brotherhood including serving on the board of global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi’s Union of Good Hamas fund-raising organization and his relationship to Muslim Brotherhood figure Zaghloul el-Naggar of Egypt. The connection with el-Naggar is based on both men’s position as leading exponents of the so-called “scientific basis of Islam.” The U.S. Treasury Department designated Zindani as a terrorist in 2004, describing him as a “loyalist” and “spiritual advisor” to Osama Bin Laden. Also, the Jerusalem Post reported in April 2006 that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal had met with Zindani at a fundraising event at the Hamas office in Yemen. The report stated that at the event, Zindani “praised Hamas suicide bombers and and called on his followers to donate money to assist the Palestinian people.”

For a report on the Houthis, go here.

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Turkish media is reporting that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has harshly criticized Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi after Egypt asked Interpol to issue a red notice for Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi. According to a report in Today’s Zaman:

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Monday after Egypt asked Interpol to issue a red notice for a Qatar-based pro-Muslim Brotherhood cleric, saying science cannot be subservient to politics.

‘This person, who came to power through a coup, shows up and gives instructions to Interpol. A step has been taken with an order to Interpol to seek the chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Youssef al-Qaradawi, with a red notice. What kind of act is this?’ Erdogan asked during an address at the 5th Religion Council hosted by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, adding: ‘Science cannot be subservient to politics; but politics can be subservient to science.’

Interpol issued a red notice for Qaradawi last week upon the request of Egypt’s coup regime. According to Interpol’s website, the notice on the 88-year-old Egypt-born cleric was issued on charges of ‘incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft.’

The leaders of Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, who were asked to leave Qatar in September after pressure from other Gulf Arab countries, relocated to Turkey, following a welcoming statement by President Erdo?an, according to reports circulating in Turkish media.

Read the rest here.

A 2011 report report authored by the GMBDW editor concluded that since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood. That report also detailed Erdogan’s ideological ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood network, ties which date back to Erdogan’s affiliation in the 1970s with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a Saudi  charity with known connections to extremist and terrorist groups. Last month, the GMBDW reported on that Israel has arrested dozens of members of a Hamas terror network said to be funded and directed by Hamas officials in Turkey. Earlier this week, the GMBDW discussed a report titled “Antisemitism Hits New High In Turkey” that examines the starling rise in antisemitism that has accompanied the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The GMBDW was also the first Western media to report on the INTERPOL Red Notice issued for Qaradawi as well as reporting that Qaradawi has denied inciting murder. Whatever the basis for the Egyptian charges, Youssef Qaradawi is considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations. He is also known to have called for attacks on US troops and civilians in Iraq.

For a profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.

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UK Muslim Brotherhood figure Azzam Tamimi has published an article for the Islamist Middle East Monitor that provides a unique, insider’s look into how the Global Muslim Brotherhood views its future following the downfall of the Brotherhood in Egypt. The article begins:

Azzam Tamimi

Azzam Tamimi

Well-intending or ill-intending, some people here and there proclaim that what happened in Egypt in 2013 marked the beginning of the end of the Muslim Brotherhood. Not only that, such people insist that the Brotherhood should disband because they believe that it has failed and has no role to play.

Some of those who say this attribute themselves to the Brotherhood or to their Youth Wing. Until quite recently, some even occupied quite senior positions within the movement.

I had not yet been born when the Muslim Brotherhood endured its first major tribulation in 1954. Then, several of its prominent figures were hanged, hundreds were imprisoned and thousands were banished, driven underground or abroad. I was 10 when the movement endured its second major tribulation in 1965. This time too, several of its top leaders, including distinguished ideologue Sayyid Qutb, were hanged, hundreds were imprisoned and thousands were banished as before.

I do not recall that I was conscious of the details of what was going on at the time but I remember quite well that some of my own relatives, who looked up to Egypt’s military dictator Gamal Abdel Nassir as the saviour of the Ummah and the liberator of Palestine, rejoiced at the misfortune of the Brotherhood and celebrated their persecution. Nassir’s media machine had done an ‘excellent’ job tarnishing the image of the Brotherhood and misleading the Arab masses from the ocean to the Gulf.

Read the  rest here.

In September 2014, an article posted on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood website described Azzam Tamimi as “a leader member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain.” He is also frequently described as a Hamasspokesman.

For a profile of Azzam Tamimi, go here.

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