One days following his departure from Qatar, the notorious cleric Wagdy Ghoneim has posted a video on his YouTube channel in which he call Western action against ISIS “a Crusader war” and calls the late Osama Bin Laden the “martyred heroic mujahid, Bin Laden.” According to a MEMRI translation:
On September 16, 2014, a day after he was asked to leave Qatar, Egyptian cleric in exile Wagdi Ghoneim posted a video on his official Youtube channel, in which he stated his opposition to the anti-ISIS coalition. Sheikh Ghoneim stated that the war on ISIS is a ‘Crusader war,’ and explained that although he had some disagreements with ISIS, he would ‘never join hands with a Crusader to attack my fellow Muslims.’
Wagdi Ghoneim: ‘Dead brothers, virtuous sisters, I deliver this message after leaving beloved Qatar yesterday, and it is titled: ‘No to the Crusader war against the Islamic State.’ I say ‘No’ to the Crusader war – a war for which America and the Crusader West are mobilizing their armies now – against the Islamic state. Dearly beloved, the West and America… The Crusaders in general… The Crusaders in general are filled with hate towards Islam and the Muslims. They harbor evil towards Islam and the Muslims. Allah says this, not me.’
‘The Crusaders in America, Europe, and elsewhere are our enemies. Their faith is built on killing and bloodshed. Really! It is quite clear from their New Testament. They say so themselves.’
‘That fabricated image they used… The guy wields a knife, but no slaughtering takes place ‘live on air.’ They get the knife, and then you see his head lying on his body. This image is created by Photoshop.’
‘We shall never forget the terrorism of criminal America, which threw the body of the martyred heroic mujahid, Bin Laden, into the sea. May Allah have mercy upon him and place him among the righteous.
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The GMBDW reported earlier this week that Wagdi Ghoneim was among a group of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders and clerics that the Egyptian Brotherhood said had been asked to leave Qatar. The GMBDW had reported in September 2013 that Ghoneim was among fourteen defendants charged by Egyptian authorities in connection with clashes that took place last December in front of Al-Itihidaya presidential palace in Cairo. In April, we reported that he had met in Khartoum with Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood figure Hassan al-Turabi.
Wagdy Ghoneim is an Egyptian cleric known for his anti-Semitic speeches. In January 2005, Mr. Ghoneim agreed to be voluntarily deported from the U.S. based upon Department of Homeland Security concerns that his past speeches and participation in fund-raising activities could be supportive of terrorist organizations. Since that time is he was a frequent speaker at Global Muslim Brotherhood events in Europe and had been banned from the UK.
For a full profile of Wagdy Ghoneim, go here.
Islamist media is citing Turkish media sources in reporting that the “Muslim Brotherhood” has issued a statement rejecting foreign intervention in the Middle East. Without identifying the Brotherhood branch who made the statement, the Middle East Monitor report says the Brotherhood has rejected foreign intervention on the basis that is is a “new attempt to divide the Middle East”:
The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected foreign intervention in the Middle East under the pretext of confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, saying the intervention is nothing but ‘a new attempt to divide the Middle East’, Anadolu news agency reported.
The agency cited a statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday saying: ‘A large number of regional extremist organisations have recently emerged possessing advanced weapons and huge sums of money to attract young enthusiastic Muslims who lack sufficient knowledge about Islam. These organisations exercise extremism, cruelty and brutality in the name of Islam, not only distorting the image of Islam, but also giving its enemies a pretext for a new intervention in Islamic countries to sabotage and kill its people.’
The statement noted that: ‘This is what has happened after the emergence of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, which defeated two armies with such power and seized swathes of territory and cities in the two countries while killing its opponents without mercy.’
It continued: ‘Now the US calls for an international alliance to fight this organisation after Secretary of State John Kerry met in Jeddah with nine Arab countries, as well as Turkey, to confront this serious terrorist threat, all the while we the people of the region do not even know who stands behind it and who supports it.’
The Muslim Brotherhood warned of a ‘fierce war where Muslims fight each other, with thousands of victims falling and huge sums of money wasted, creating new divisions in the region.’
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported earlier this week on Twitter comments by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi in which he also rejected US intervention on the basis that “the US follows its own interests, not Islamic values. “
Israeli media is reporting that Jordan has arrested a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood on charges of incitement against the authorities. According to the Times of Israel report, Mohamed Said Bakr was detained following an event marking the end of the Gaza conflict:
Jordan arrested a senior member of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday on charges of ‘incitement’ against the authorities, a judicial source said, as the group’s political wing demanded his release.
Mohamed Said Bakr, a member of the Brotherhood’s consultative council, was detained for 15 days by prosecutors after criticizing the government at an event marking the end of the conflict in Gaza, the source said.
The Jordanian Brotherhood’s political wing, the Islamic Action Front, condemned the arrest.
‘It is unacceptable that clerics and activists should be arrested on the basis of positions they expressed,’ said IAF Secretary General Mohamed al-Zayoud on the party’s website.
Zayoud called for the ‘immediate release’ of Bakr, saying that ‘stable regimes would not be threatened by a speech given at a festival or expressing an opinion.’
Read the rest here.
The Times of Israel had reported earlier on the Friday event at which it said a senior member of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood “decried the kingdom’s diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, and offered his and the Jordanian people’s unwavering support for Palestinian ‘resistance’ fighters who wage ‘jihad’ against IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians.”
Recent GMBDW coverage of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has included:
- The GMBDW reported in August that supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan had staged what was described as a massive pro-Hamas rally in the capital Amman.
- In July, the GMBDW recommended an Arabic language article titled “Jordan government may shift policy toward Brotherhood” which looked at the possibility of a change in the Kingdom’s stance towards the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.
- 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.
US media is reporting that a top White House official accompanied leaders representing US Muslim Brotherhood organizations who denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a Wednesday press conference. According to the report:
09/10/2014 WASHINGTON — A top White House official accompanied Muslim political and religious leaders as they repeatedly denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terror group during a Wednesday press conference.
The press conference took place hours before President Barack Obama was expected to begin an extended campaign against the Islamic States, which cites Islamic theology to justify its attacks on the Iraqi government and unarmed civilians, and its murders of journalists.
But the Islamic leaders admitted that Americans Muslims are joining the jihadi groups, and that they need to step up their theological arguments against the jihadis’ use of pro-jihad language in Islamic’s primary book, the Koran.
‘In this country, we are having a challenge right now,’ said Johari Abdul Malik, the outreach direct at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, in Fall Church, Va.
‘Young men are feeling frustrated, seeing the the death and destruction around the world, and saying ‘What can I do about it,’ and as a result of that, some of them have been deceived into thinking there is shortcut to social change, that it comes from the barrel of a gun,’ he said, adding that he works with other Muslims to contain radicalism.
The top White House official, Rand Beers, told the meeting that ‘it is absolutely critical that civic engagement and discourse be a part of this’ effort to prevent radicalization of Muslim youth.
Read the rest here.
The report goes on to identify leaders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque among those participating in the press conference. All three organizations have had highly problematic records over the years when it comes to terrorism.
For a profile of MPAC, go here.
For a profile of ISNA, go here.
For a profile of Dar Al-Hijrah, go here.
In the ongoing saga of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader leaving Qatar for parts unknown, US media is reporting on comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said that the individuals concerned could be granted entry to Turkey as long as laws permitted. According to a New York Times report:
SEPT. 15, 2014 ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said on Monday that several exiled leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who fled to Qatar but lately have come under pressure to leave that Persian Gulf monarchy could perhaps find a new refuge in his country.
‘If they make any request to come to Turkey, such an application would be assessed and examined,’ Mr. Erdogan said, according to a report on CNN Turk television. He spoke to reporters on a plane back to Turkey after he had visited Qatar on an official trip. Mr. Erdogan referred to the standard procedures that applied to foreign residents and said that Muslim Brotherhood leaders could be granted entry to Turkey as long as laws permitted.
‘If there are reasons that would prevent their entry to Turkey, it would be assessed accordingly’ he said. And if there are no obstacles, the ease granted to everyone would also be granted to them.’”
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported earlier this week on the announcement by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood that a number of its leaders had been asked by Qatar to leave the country. Subsequently we reported on Turkey and Malaysia as possible destinations for these individuals.
In another relevant development, a Turkish news portal is reporting that haas has denied other reports that Hamas political leader Kahled Meshaal has also been asked to leave Qatar. According to the Worldbulletin.net report:
September 16, 2014 Palestinian resistance faction Hamas has denied media reports that Qatar had asked Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal to leave the country. ‘These are mere lies,’ Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Anadolu Agency on Monday. ‘Qatar has not asked Meshaal to leave its territory.’ Tunisian newspaper Al-Shorouk earlier reported that Doha had asked Meshaal to leave the country. Citing sources, the newspaper reported that Meshaal – who is currently visiting Tunisia – was holding talks with Tunisian officials with a view to securing residence in the country.”
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For a profile of Khaled Meshaal, go here.
UK media is reporting that Britain is planing unspecified curbs on what are described as “Muslim Brotherhood-linked organisations” and blocking any Brotherhood “activists” from relocating to the UK. According to the report in the Daily Telegraph, the actions stem from the recent investigation initiated by UK Prime Minister David Cameron:
September 14, 2014 Britain is set to impose curbs on Muslim Brotherhood-linked organisations and block activists moving to London after a report by a senior diplomat raised concerns over the group’s links to extremists in the Middle East. David Cameron asked Sir John Jenkins, the ambassador to Saudi Arabia, to compile a full report on the Muslim Brotherhood after Gulf allies put pressure on the government to curtail the movement’s London-based operations.
Officials privy to the drafting of Sir John’s report said it had been handed over to Downing Street and a statement on its findings would be published before the end of the year.
While it stops short of proposing a ban on the Brotherhood, it accepts some of the movement’s activity amounts to complicity with armed groups and extremists in the Middle East and elsewhere.
‘We won’t ban the Muslim Brotherhood,’ a Foreign Office diplomat told The Telegraph. ‘There are other things that can be done but not a ban.’
A senior British official involved in the process said parts of the report are too sensitive to publish. ‘It’s a very comprehensive look at the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in many countries. There have been submissions that have been given to us that are very sensitive. We couldn’t go back to those places again if some of this information was put in the public domain.’
Read the entire report here.
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 ocnclusions.
A UK-based Saudi newspaper is reporting that according to head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “International Organization”, many of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders reported to be leaving Qatar will likely be traveling to Turkey or Malaysia. According to the Asharq Al-Awsat report:
September 15 London, Dammam and Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Many of the Muslim Brotherhood members expelled from Qatar on Saturday will likely travel to Turkey or Malaysia, the head of the organization’s international wing has told Asharq Al-Awsat. Speaking via telephone from Morocco, Ibrahim Mounir, the secretary-general of the International Muslim Brotherhood Organization, said he expected most of the members asked to leave Qatar by the government to head to Malaysia or Turkey since many of them had already obtained visas or residency permits to either of these countries, ‘which will make their living or residing there an easy matter.’
This comes as the Muslim Brotherhood said on Saturday that seven of its members currently residing in Qatar had been asked to leave the country by the authorities.
There has as yet been no official confirmation from Doha regarding the decision, but Brotherhood sources speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat said there had been ‘outside pressure’ on Qatar to make the move, one seen as an attempt to appease regional neighbors such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE and Egypt, who have been angered by Doha’s willingness to host senior members of the Brotherhood.
Egypt said it now expects more Brotherhood figures to be expelled from Qatar, which became a prime destination for many of the group’s members fleeing Egypt following Mursi’s ouster.
Read the rest here.
The GMBDW reported yesterday on the announcement by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood that a number of its leaders had been asked by Qatar to leave the country. However, Bloomberg News is reporting that according an anonymous Qatari diplomat, these individuals are leaving Qatar of their own accord and denied they were being expelled as has been widely reported.
Although it has been widely reported that London was the destination for the Brotherhood officials, it would seem unlikely given the greatly increased spotlight focused on the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK resulting from the investigation initiated by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The GMBDW has long been reporting on Turkey as a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood and the importance of Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim makes Malaysia a logical choice as well.
Turkish news portal is reporting on Twitter comments by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi in which is says that he does not accept the US effort to fight the group known as ISIS. According to the report:
September 14, 2014 World Bulletin/News Desk The chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars has spoken out against the U.S.-led coalition of nearly 40 countries against the ISIL. Academic Yusuf al-Qaradawi commented: ‘I have completely different ideas and methods from IS. On the other hand, I do not accept the United States action to fight against them because the US follows its own interests, not Islamic values.’ The comments were written in Arabic on Sunday on al-Qaradawi’s Twitter account. A group of nations, including 10 Arab states, have agreed to form a coalition to tackle IS in Iraq and Syria.
For a profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.
For a profile of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), go here.
Global media is widely reporting on the announcement by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood that a number of its leaders have been asked by Qatar to leave the country. According to a New York Times report:
September 13, 2014 BAGHDAD — An Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday that several of the group’s prominent members had been asked to leave Qatar, in an apparent concession to a campaign by other Persian Gulf monarchies to pressure Qatar away from its support for the group.
“Some symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing — the Freedom and Justice Party — who were asked by authorities to move their residence outside the state of Qatar have now honored that request,” the Egyptian, Amr Darrag, a senior Brotherhood leader, said in a statement posted on the group’s website.
A Qatari diplomat contradicted Mr. Darrag, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The diplomat said that the Brotherhood leaders had decided to depart for their own reasons without any request from Qatar, and that they were welcome to return.
“Maybe for some of them, they saw from the media that the country is being pressed and they left of their own free will because they did not want to put the country in an embarrassing situation,” the diplomat said.
Read the rest here.
Various sources are also reporting that Egypt has asked INTERPOL to arrest Muslim Brotherhood figures leaving Qatar.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the people to be expelled are: the Secretary General of the Brotherhood, Mahmoud Hussein, member of Freedom and Justice party Amro Darraj, Hamza Zoba, Ashraf Badriddin, Jamal Abdul-Sattar and the renowned preachers Isam Talima and Wajdi Ghoneem.
The GMBDW had reported in September 2013 that Ghoneim was among fourteen defendants charged by Egyptian authorities in connection with clashes that took place last December in front of Al-Itihidaya presidential palace in Cairo. In April, we reported that he had met in Khartoum with Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood figure Hassan al-Turabi. For a full profile of Wagdi Ghoneim, go here.
Despite the interpretation in the major media that the seeming expulsion of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders is a watershed event that may satisfy Qatar’s neighbors, the GMBDW has serious doubts. 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 late August that the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a Turkish group close to the Global Muslim Brotherhood, has signed a ‘strategic cooperation agreement’ with Qatar. Earlier this month, we reported that Qatar Charity had sponsored a 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. 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 and growing infrastructure located in Qatar propping up the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
Irish media has reported that Dr Ali Selim, associated with the Islamic Cultural Centre in Ireland, has called for what are described as radical changes in the Irish educational system to accommodate children with Islamic beliefs. According to the Irish Times report:
September 3, 2014 A spokesman for the Muslim community in Ireland has called for radical change in the educational system to accommodate children with Islamic beliefs.
Dr Ali Selim, of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin’s Clonskeagh and a lecturer in the Mater Dei Institute and Trinity College, has called for ‘a revolution of inclusivity’ in Irish schools and ‘an upheaval in Irish educational perspectives’.
This was necessary to accommodate the needs of a society which is now ‘home to a variety of Christian denominations, as well as people of other faiths and of none’, he says in his book Islam and Education in Ireland, to be published next week.
Why do schools insist we kit out our children like miniature adults from the 1950s? Some foreign language schools were ‘visa factories’ Tighter regime for issuing of student visas announced Estimating that of approximately 65,000 Muslims in Ireland today as many as 20,000 would be in the under-18 school-going age, he relates difficulties these young people face when it comes to admission to schools, as well as their problems with PE classes, relationship and sexuality education, music and drama classes, and practice of their faith during school hours.
Read the rest here.
In September 2012, the GMBDW reported that Dr. Selim, had made comments praising the concept of “martyrdom.”
In February 2010, we reported on Dr. Selim in connection with statements by Irish Muslim Brotherhood leaders saying that a ban on face veils violates personal freedoms.
Ali Selim is the private secretary to Hussein Halawa, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, closely tied to the European Muslim Brotherhood, and is described as am ICCI “resident theologian.” Mr. Selim attracted a great deal of local media attention in September 2006 when he told a newspaper interviewer that, ideally, he would like to see Shariah law adopted in Ireland in the “event of a Muslim majority.” Along the same lines, Mr. Selim said in 2006 that religious law should be imposed over secular law if that was wished by the majority. Other controversial statements by Mr. Selim include:
- Suggesting that there were conspiratorial forces behind the 911 attacks saying “history, definitely, will prove to us that those people were not the only ones involved in 9/11. That, in actual fact, there’s a wider circle that’s under the shade so we can’t see it at the moment. “
- Saying he had seen no proof that Muslims carried out the July 2006 London bombings, suggesting that videotapes of the bombers might have been faked and that he was not aware that they were identified by their own families.
- Claiming he was unaware of any Muslims calling for Jihad against the West
- Saying that he had “no opinion” about Osama Bin Laden