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UK media is reporting that Ibrahim Hewitt, an associate of the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens and noted for advocating harsh punishments for homosexuals and adulterers, is the head of a school that has received almost £1million of taxpayers’ money. According to a report at Mail Online, Mr. Hewitt is also the founder of another organization accused of  orchestrating a plot in Birmingham in which Islamic extremists have allegedly taken over 25 state schools in the city:

Ibrahim Hewitt

Ibrahim Hewitt

April 19, 2014  A Muslim hardliner who says adulterers should be stoned to death and that gay men and fornicators should be lashed 100 times has set up an Islamic school that has received almost £1million of taxpayers’ money.

Ibrahim Hewitt, one of Britain’s most prominent Islamic firebrands – who also heads a charity branded a ‘terrorist’ organisation by the US – is the founder and chairman of trustees of the Al-Aqsa school in Leicester, which teaches 250 boys and girls aged between three and 11.

He has vilified homosexuals as paedophiles and said a man can take on a second wife if his first fails to satisfy him sexually. Mr Hewitt has published his views in a book on Islam, which he claims has sold more than 50,000 copies in Britain.

+3 A teacher at the Al Aqsa primary school in Leicester

The preacher is the founder of another controversial organisation called the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS), whose leader has been accused of orchestrating a plot in Birmingham called ‘Operation Trojan Horse’ in which Islamic extremists have allegedly taken over 25 state schools in the city.

Last night it was reported that six Birmingham, schools implicated in the plot will be placed in ‘special measures’ by inspectors, meaning their leadership team could be removed. Ofsted is also said to be taking action at a further nine schools where the attempted takeover is less advanced.

That news came as campaigners called for an investigation by the Department for Education (DfE) to be expanded to Mr Hewitt and his Leicester school.

Read the rest here.

In a surprising omission, the Mail report fails to mention that since 1997, Mr. Hewitt has been the chairman of the Palestinian charity INTERPAL, part of the Hamas infrastructure in the UK and designated by the US in 2003 as a terrorist organization for its funding of Hamas.

An online profile provides biographical detail about Ibrahim Hewitt: 

Ibrahim Hewitt is the Senior Editor of MEMO [Middle East Monitor]. He is a media and education consultant and has been the chairman of Interpal, the Palestinian Relief and Development Fund, a British charity, since 1997. A school inspector, he is also the Head of Al-Aqsa School in Leicester. He was awarded the Alija Izetbekovic Award for Citizenship at the Muslim News Awards for Excellence ceremony in 2005, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Islamic University in Gaza in 2011 for his support for the people of Palestine and the development of the university.

It should be noted that the Islamic University of Gaza is an important center for Hamas activity. Mr. Hewitt is also a trustee of the International Board of Educational Research and Resources (IBERR), a little known organization headquartered in South Africa. IBERR was founded by Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and distributes Islamic educational material around the world. An IBERR website identifies IBERR members including some prominent names from the global Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Hewitt was also the Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) from 2004-2006. The MCB is a U.K. umbrella group is dominated by the Pakistani-based Islamist group known as the Jaamat-e-Islami that is itself closely tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and the MCB usually acts in concert with the Global Brotherhood.

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US media is reporting that Fatah and Gaza, the two main rival Palestinian factions have announced a reconciliation agreement. According to an LA Times report:

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Hamas

April 23, 2014, GAZA CITY — The two main rival factions of Palestinian politics and society announced a reconciliation deal Wednesday that would mend a seven-year rift by forming a unity government and holding new elections.

Following two days of discussions between delegations of Fatah and Hamas, leaders of the groups announced the agreement at a joint news conference.

‘This is the good news to tell our people: The era of division is over,’ Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared. Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad said the sides aimed at forming a national unity government within five weeks.

The transitional government is planned to be based on professionals and independent political figures, with no members of either political group.

The reconciliation agreement calls for elections for parliament and presidency to be held around six months after the unity government is formed.

Palestinian government was torn asunder in 2007, when Hamas forcefully wrested control of the Gaza Strip from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, after the Islamist militant movement won elections the year before.

Since then, Gaza has been ruled by a Hamas government headed by Haniyeh, with the West Bank under control of the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported in March on what was described as the worst economic crisis facing Hamas since the group seized power in Gaza seven years ago. US media reported in January that Hamas was under what was described as severe economic strain as a result of losing income from the shuttered Gaza smuggling tunnels. The GMBDW also reported in January on what was described the “rapprochement” between Hamas and Iran following a three year breach as well as on the continuing decline of relations between Hamas and Egypt.

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.

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Turkish media has reported that the US Muslim Brotherhood has demonstrated in front of the Egyptian Embassy in support of the son of a notorious Global Muslim Brotherhood figure detained by Egyptian authorities. According to a Turkish Press report:

Mohamed Soltan & Father with Youssef Qaradawi

Mohamed Soltan & Father with Youssef Qaradawi

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 WASHINGTON - About 100 Egyptian Americans and members of The Council on American-Islamic Relations have demonstrated in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C., calling for the release of U.S. citizen journalist Mohammed Soltan.

Soltan, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian origin, has been on hunger strike in an Egyptian prison for 80 days after being detained on August 25 last year. He was taken into custody after being shot during a protest against the military-backed ouster of Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi, and his trial has been postponed several times.

After the protest, Soltan’s brother, Omar, told the Anadolu Agency that his life and that of his brother were at risk

He said that, with Mohammed’s health deteriorating rapidly, he urgently needed to be treated and the United States authorities should protect the rights of one of their citizens.

The GMBDW reported in August 3013 that  that  Mohammed Soltan, the son of Muslim Brotherhood figure and notorious anti-Semite Salah Sultan, had been detained in Egypt by security forces. A US blog has documented Mohamed Soltan’s support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood while he was living in the US. His father has his own extensive ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and a long history of virulent antisemitism.

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.  Documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood. In 2008, the then Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood acknowledged a relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and CAIR.  In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.” CAIR and its leaders have had a long history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam”, and have also been associated with Islamic fundamentalism and antisemitism. The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three original founders.

The Muslim American Society (MAS) was identified in a Hudson Institute report as a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and closely tied to the Egyptian organization.

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The official Saudi Press Agency has announced that a top deputy to Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi was on a visit to the Kingdom where he was welcomed in his office by the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League. According to the report:

Ali Qaradaghi

Ali Qaradaghi

Makkah Apr 17, 2014, SPA — Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki received at his office here today, Secretary-General of World Federation of Muslim Scholars (WFMS), Dr Ali Qaradaghi, currently on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest including the spreading of moderate Islam among Muslim generations and protecting them from deviation towards extremism.

The World Federation of Muslim Scholars (also  known as 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. According to the IUMS website, Ali Qaradaghi is the Secretary-General of the IUMS.

The GMBDW reported in March that Saudi Arabia had formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and was among a group of Gulf countries that had recalled their envoys from Qatar over the issue. However,  we also reported that the Muslim World League (MWL) had just concluded a global conference in the name of King Abdullah which included among its speakers two important leaders in the Global Muslim Brotherhood. We thought at that time it was possible that Saudi Arabia may not fully understand the global Brotherhood or perhaps were prepared to continue its support of its Western elements while attempting to limit or destroy the Brotherhood presence in the Gulf. However, given Qaradawi’s enormous visibility and prominent role in the recent conflict between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, it is unlikely that Saudi Arabia is acting out of ignorance. Rather, it would seem that for whatever reason, the Muslim World League (MWL) is being allowed to conduct itself outside of declared Saudi policy.

The Muslim World League was established in 1962 as a means for the propagation of Saudi “Wahabbi” Islam. Muslim Brothers played an important role in its founding and the League has always been strongly associated with the Brotherhood. US government officials have testified that MWL has been linked to supporting Islamic terrorist organizations globally and the organization has a long history of anti-Semitism.

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The US-based Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a statement welcoming the decision of the New York Police Department (NYPD) to disband a controversial unit tasked with cataloging information on local Muslim communities. According to the statement:

logoApril 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed a decision by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to disband a special unit that conducted widespread warrantless surveillance of law-abiding Muslims.

In a statement, said CAIR-NY Board President Ryan Mahoney said:

‘CAIR-NY welcomes the closing of the NYPD Zone Assessment Unit. This is an important first step. However, the damage of unconstitutional mass spying on people solely on the basis of their religion has already been carried out and must be addressed. We need to hear from the mayor and NYPD officials that the policy itself has been ended and that the department will no longer apply mass surveillance or other forms of biased and predatory policing to any faith-based community.’

Mahoney added that it is important to recognize the efforts of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC), of which CAIR-NY is a member, in bringing about this change in NYPD policy.

In 2013, CAIR-NY, along with a number of other civil rights organizations, urged the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate violations of the constitutional rights of Muslims by the NYPD.

US media reported last week on the NYPD decision to close the unit.

The GMBDW reported in January 2012 that the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) was comprised of 13 of organizations of which nine, along with CAIR itself, are either part of the US Muslim Brotherhood or with strong ties to US Brotherhood organizations. As we noted at the time, one of the most ubiquitous tactics of the Global Muslim Brotherhood is the establishment of a dizzying number of organizations and initiatives which create the impression of broad based support when in reality, the sponsors are the same individuals and groups whose leaders have not changed in many years.

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.  Documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood. In 2008, the then Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood acknowledged a relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and CAIR.  In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.” CAIR and its leaders have had a long history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam”, and have also been associated with Islamic fundamentalism and antisemitism. The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three original founders.

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In the latest development in the long running saga of Youssef Qaradawi, Qatari media is reporting that the Global Muslim Brotherhood leader has denied that he has any plans to leave Qatar. According to a report in The Peninsula:

Youssef Qaradawi

Youssef Qaradawi

April 20, 2014 DOHA: Noted Qatar-based Islamic scholar Dr Yousuf Al Qardawi has denied reports that he is moving to another country.

The scholar, who has been at the centre of a controversy after his recent criticism of some neighbouring GCC countries, said what had been reported about him was ‘totally baseless’.

Reports circulating in a section of the media and several social networking sites say that the scholar has been asked to leave Qatar for Tunisia.

‘These (reports) are nothing but the hopes and dreams of some enemies of Islam. They are not going to materialise, God willing,’ Al Sharq quoted Al Qaradawi as saying.

His statement gains importance in the context of a GCC deal signed on Thursday to end tension between Qatar and three other GCC countries.

‘The Father Emir and the Emir are closest to me. I love them from the depth of my heart,’ Al Qaradawi added.

He, however, said his personal views did not represent the opinion of the Qatar government, as the country’s Foreign Minister had clarified earlier.

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported last week that Qaradawi did not resume his sermons last Friday as expected.

The GMBDW reported in late February that the latest sermon by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi had further threatened relations between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors. Meanwhile, Qatari media is reporting that Qaradawi is defending remarks he made critical of the military deposition of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi as well as revealing that he has been ill again of late. Our predecessor publication reported in 2012 on what was at that time the latest in a series of hospitalizations of the Global Muslim Brotherhood  leader. The GMBDW had reported earlier in February that Qaradawi had called upon Saudi Arabia to stop supporting the military-led government in Egypt whom he called “far from God and Islam.”  The GMDW has been reporting recently on Qaradawi’s clash with UAE saying that the country was “against Islamic rule.” The GMBDW has also reported that Egypt is seeing his extradition in connection with a mass jailbreak during 2011.

Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. He is also 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.  In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to head he Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide and now denies that he has any relationship with the Egyptian Brotherhood. He is based in Qatar and has said the Qatari Emir has protected from being designated as a terrorist by the U.S. He has also reportedly amassed substantial wealth by serving as the Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. Qaradawi is the head of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of charities helping to raise funds for Hamas and is the leader of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), the theological body of the European Muslim Brotherhood. MEMRI has produced two video compilations of Qaradawi’s extremist statements. The first collection contains Qaradawi’s statements about Europe and the US as well as about Israel and Jews. The second collection contains various statements by Qaradawi on social issues such as discussing the killing of homosexuals and stating that beating is “suitable” for some wives. Qaradawi been banned from entering the US since 1999 and UK since 2008. Last year, authorities also refused him entry into France.

For  a more extensive profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.

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Turkish media reported last week that Lebanon had deported to leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood back to Egypt where one was wanted on charges relating to the August 2013 dispersal of Cairo sit-in supporters of the now deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. According to a Turkish Press.com report:

Lebanon

Lebanon

CAIRO – Egyptian prosecution authorities on Wednesday began interrogating two Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders deported by Lebanon late Tuesday, a lawyer for the Islamist group said.

Mokhtar al-Ashri, a leading member of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, and Mosaad al-Barbari, director of the Brotherhood’s Ahrar 25 satellite channel, were arrested in Beirut by Lebanese security forces on April 3 before being deported to Egypt on Tuesday.

“Al-Barbari was taken from the Cairo airport to the prosecution office, where he was questioned about the case known as the ‘Rabaa operations room’,” the lawyer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency.

Al-Barbari is one of 51 figures charged with “plotting to sow sedition” and setting up an “operations room” to resist authorities during last August’s bloody dispersal of a Cairo sit-in staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Al-Ashri is also being questioned over charges that have yet to be made public, the lawyer said.

According to the attorney, the Lebanese authorities arrested al-Barbari for violating Lebanon’s labor laws and al-Ashri for using a false identity – charges both men deny.

Read the rest here.

This is the first known instance of cooperation between Lebanese and Egyptian authorities regarding the Muslim Brotherhood. We reported last month that that Egyptian authorities were coordinating with Arab Gulf countries in an attempt to arrest and extradite fugitive members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Local media is reporting that the US-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has announced a plan which it says is aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals. According to an LA Times report:

gI_73756_MPACApril 14, 2014  Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council — which long has pushed for a moderate, American-based Islam — hopes its ‘Safe Spaces Initiative’ will get mosques to stop a pattern of dealing with extremists by simply shunning them and kicking them out.

The plan was unveiled a day before Tuesday’s one-year anniversary of the marathon bombing, allegedly orchestrated by ethnically Chechen Muslim brothers who lived in the Boston area. One of them, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had turned toward extremism and was banished from a Boston-area mosque after challenging its moderate teachings.

‘The message there was that ejection is not the answer,’ said Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Los Angeles-based council.

But, Al-Marayati noted, it is not an uncommon reaction: Many American mosques traditionally have dealt with radicals by kicking them out or finding ways to isolate or distance them from the larger group.

‘Ejection from the community does not solve the problem. It just makes the problem worse,’ Al-Marayati said.

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported in January that MPAC had issued a “Declaration Against Extremism.” Although the MPAC Declaration called for, among other things, “respecting all cultures”, 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 Salamn Al-Marayati suggested on a talk radio show on September 11, 2001 that Israel might have been behind the 911attacks. stating:

If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.

As we noted at that time, just seven days after MPAC’s “Declaration Against Extremism” MPAC was promoting a story accusing Israel of opening a dam during a freak winter storm, causing massive flooding in the Gaza Strip. As the IP report noted, the dam in question does not appear to exist.

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 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.

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Islamist media is reporting that the the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has called on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to stop his investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK. According to a report in the Middle East Monitor:

Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood

Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood

April 11, 2014 The Secretary General of Jordan’s Labour Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, has sent a memo to Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, via the British ministry in Amman, calling upon him to stop the British government’s investigation into the Brotherhood’s activities in the United Kingdom.

In the memo, Hamza Mansour explained that he was surprised to learn that the UK government is conducting an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities in Britain and the group’s alleged involvement in terrorism because the Brotherhood has consistently adopted a peaceful approach in its call for political reform.

He stressed that the Muslim Brotherhood has always embraced a peaceful approach, even when it is targeted by some dictatorial regimes that cannot stand the Brotherhood’s success in Islamic da’wa (missionary work) and its political and social activities.

Mansour noted that ‘the UK government’s decision is a valuable reward to the coup government in Egypt,’ reminding Cameron that the Egyptian regime defied the results of five elections and popular referendums and restored a military rule that has been dominating Egypt for six decades, leading to its underdevelopment.

Read the rest here.

The reference to “Jordan’s Labour Party” is likely an error as Hamza Mansour is known to be the head of the Islamic Action Front which is in fact the political arm of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood.

Recent GMBDW reporting on the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has included:

  • In September 2013, we reported that the King of Jordan had said that the political arm of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood is part of the political life of his country.
  • At the end of August 2013, the GMBDW reported that the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood was boycotting municipal elections.
  • At the end of July 2013, the GMBDW reported that the leader of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood had delivered speeches in which he called peace negotiations with Israel  “a heresy, according to Islamic law” and that Palestine is “the graveyard of the Jews.” 
  • In April 2013, the GMBDW reported that a leader of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood had rejected agreements signed by the country’s king and the Israeli government and that leaders of the Brotherhood wold not meet U.S. officials. 
  • In July 2012, the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood was involved in the cancellation of a scheduled attendance by a Jordanian delegation to an educational conference being held in Israel. In June 2012, the head of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood called the arrival of the latest convoy in Gaza “a new page of the Jihad against the occupation of the Palestinian territories. In May 2012, the Jordanian Brotherhood elected a new leader, described as a “hardliner.” 

For extremist statements made by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

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Media in the UAE are reporting that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi did not resume his sermons last Friday as expected. According to a report in The National:

Youssef Qaradawi

Youssef Qaradawi

April 12, 2014 Abu Dhabi// A Muslim Brotherhood imam who has been critical of the UAE did not return to giving his usual sermon in Doha on Friday as expected, citing health concerns.

The sermon would have been Egyptian-born Youssef Al Qaradawi’s first since an unprecedented dispute between GCC states, and his words could have escalated tensions further.

That Mr Al Qaradawi did not speak raises hopes that the spat involving Qatar and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain might be slowly moving towards a resolution.

‘Although there are many underlying factors he certainly is a catalyst for the problems that came up in the past few months,’ said Andrew Hammond, a Middle East analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations. ‘The less he is visible the better to help solve the crisis.’

A popular spiritual guide for the Brotherhood, Mr Al Qaradawi had used his sermons last January to lash out at the UAE’s support for the interim government in Egypt.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have given billions of dollars in aid to Egypt after the country’s military removed president Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Brotherhood, from the presidency in July, following mass protests against his rule.

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported last week that according to Lebanese media, Youssef Qaradawi was expected to resume his weekly sermons following a gap of several weeks. 

The GMBDW reported in late February that the latest sermon by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi had further threatened relations between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors. Meanwhile, Qatari media is reporting that Qaradawi is defending remarks he made critical of the military deposition of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi as well as revealing that he has been ill again of late. Our predecessor publication reported in 2012 on what was at that time the latest in a series of hospitalizations of the Global Muslim Brotherhood  leader. The GMBDW had reported earlier in February that Qaradawi had called upon Saudi Arabia to stop supporting the military-led government in Egypt whom he called “far from God and Islam.”  The GMDW has been reporting recently on Qaradawi’s clash with UAE saying that the country was “against Islamic rule.” The GMBDW has also reported that Egypt is seeing his extradition in connection with a mass jailbreak during 2011.

Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. He is also 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.  In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to head he Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide and now denies that he has any relationship with the Egyptian Brotherhood. He is based in Qatar and has said the Qatari Emir has protected from being designated as a terrorist by the U.S. He has also reportedly amassed substantial wealth by serving as the Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. Qaradawi is the head of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of charities helping to raise funds for Hamas and is the leader of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), the theological body of the European Muslim Brotherhood. MEMRI has produced two video compilations of Qaradawi’s extremist statements. The first collection contains Qaradawi’s statements about Europe and the US as well as about Israel and Jews. The second collection contains various statements by Qaradawi on social issues such as discussing the killing of homosexuals and stating that beating is “suitable” for some wives. Qaradawi been banned from entering the US since 1999 and UK since 2008. Last year, authorities also refused him entry into France.

For  a more extensive profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.

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