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There will be no posting on the GMBDW until October 8 as the GMBDW takes a rare vacation. We checked the archives and the last such break was in August 2010 so clearly it is needed! Until then, we urge readers to peruse the thousands of posts that we have done since 2007 as we are confident that those who have’t done so as of yet will surely finds things of interest (even things we have forgotten about by this point.) Given the pace of relevant developments, we promise to work speedily towards bringing you up to date when we resume.

 

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A UK music media publication is reporting that the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, then Yusuf Islam, and now apparently Yusuf/Cat Stevens will be performing in the UK in November as part of his recent tour. According to the report:

Yusuf Islam – who now seems to have conceded that his (not especially) new name has never caught on and is instead billing himself (or at least is being billed) as Yusuf/Cat Stevens – has announced a pair of London shows for November. His first UK concerts for five years, they will follow the release of his new album, ‘Tell Em I Gone’, though Legacy recordings on 27 Oct.”

Yusuf/Cat Stevens

Yusuf/Cat Stevens

Yusuf Islam, who changed his name and converted to Islam in 1978, last attracted substantial attention when he was was denied entry to the United States on national security grounds in September 2004. After protests from the foreign office of Great Britain where Mr. Islam is a citizen, he later returned to the United States to promote his first mainstream pop album in 28 years. Although Islam is said to have spoken frequently against terrorism and the accusations against him frequently ridiculed, he is closely associated with a number of organizations tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and/or support for Hamas:

  • Islam is known to have been a Trustee of the Union of Good, a worldwide coalition of charities headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and which helps to fund raise for Hamas. Islam is also a founder of Muslim Aid, a UK charity which is one of the member organizations of the Union of Good and which itself tied to the UK Muslim Brotherhood
  • Ibrahim Brian Hewitt, a former secretary to Mr. Islam, has been associated with both IBERR and Interpal, a British charity  that is one of the most important organizations in the Union of Good.

Other relevant news about Yusuf Islam has included:

  • In January 2009, Mr. Islam released a charity song from which all proceeds were to be donated to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Save the Children in order to aid children and families in the Gaza Strip.
  • In a January 2007 interview with the New York Times, Islam pointedly refused to condem Hamas, implying that the group “did charity and good to humankind.”
  • In August 2013, the GMBDW reported that Mr. Islam was hosted by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Eric Trager, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has written an article looking at the implications for the Egyptian Brotherhood of its choice of Gomaa Amin as acting Supreme Guide. The article begins:

Gomaa Amin

Gomaa Amin

September 24, 2013 The Muslim Brotherhood spent 84 years toiling in Egypt’s opposition before winning power in June 2012 only to lose it 369 days later. It has been all downhill for the group since then. In the 14 months since the military responded to huge protests by toppling Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president, the group has faced an unrelenting crackdown that has practically decimated it as a political force in Egypt. Meanwhile, the Brotherhood’s deteriorating relations with key foreign governments have hindered its attempts to reorganize in exile. Even so, the group hasn’t revised its ideology or changed its strategy. It has refused to seek reconciliation with the new Egyptian regime or question the feasibility of its theocratic agenda. In fact, by selecting the London-based Brotherhood leader Gomaa Amin as acting Supreme Guide — in other words, its chief executive — the Brotherhood has likely doubled down.

The period since Morsi’s fall has been the darkest in the Brotherhood’s 86-year history. Within Egypt, at least 1,000 Muslim Brothers have been killed during crackdowns on their anti-coup protests, tens of thousands have been imprisoned, and the group’s notoriously rigid chain of command has been decapitated at both the national and provincial levels. The pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has also collapsed: Many of the Alliance’s non-Brotherhood leaders were arrested in early July, and two of its main constituent parties — the Brotherhood offshoot al-Wasat and the Salafist al-Watan — bolted thereafter. Meanwhile, its cadres’ low-profile insurgency against the state, which targets government buildings and police vehicles, has alienated many potential civilian supporters. Ordinary Egyptians often clash with Muslim Brothers at the organization’s constantly shrinking pro-Morsi demonstrations.”

Read the rest here.

It somehow managed to slip by the GMBDW that in August 2013, Deputy Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Gomaa Amin was apparently made the new leader of the Egyptian Brotherhood, replacing the jailed Mohammed Badie. According to an August 2013 report in The Telegraph, Mr. Amin was living in hiding in London since at that time.

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As part of a statement regarding the US coalition against ISIS, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has called the United States “the worst sponsor of terror.” According to the statement carried on the Brotherhood website:

3543827_370“Can the worst sponsor of terror fight terrorism?

The American thinker Fukuyama said that the West’s current conflict is not simply against terrorism, but against the fundamentalist Islamic faith that stands against Western modernity and against the secular state. Adding that this ideology represents a greater threat than communism, he suggested that what is required is a war within Islam to make it accept Western modernity, secularism and the Christian doctrine or principle: ‘Give what is Caesar’s to Caesar and what is God’s to God’.

It is strange that the US, which claims to be the country that loathes and fights terror the most, is the in fact the worst country that perpetrated most atrocities and created terrorism since it was founded.

The US wiped out a whole nation (tens of millions of Red Indians). The US is the only country that ever used nuclear bombs, despite the fact that Japan was on the verge of surrendering. The US occupied and destroyed Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, where it killed millions. The US toppled popular civil regimes with bloody military coups in many countries. The US supported dictatorial regimes against their own people. The US provides limitless support to Zionist occupation and terror.

Then, regimes created by the West, supported by America, which they obeyed in subservience and submission, followed its example. Those regimes accused of terrorism all patriotic national and Islamic groups and parties that demanded dignity and refused subservience and dependency, in order to elicit sympathy and support of the West with their repressive rule. At the same time, they used terror as a scarecrow for their own people, so – misguided – the people would not object to victimization, corruption and dictatorship.”

Read the entire statement here:

This is certainly not the first time that the Egyptian Brotherhood has accused the US of being “the world’s terrorism leader.” In September 2007, on the sixth anniversary of the 911 attacks, the now deposed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi made the same charge while also attempting to cast doubt on who was behind the attacks. According to the article on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood website:

Dr. Mohamed Morsi, a top MB leader and a member of the MB Executive Office, said on the occasion of marking the sixth anniversary of 9/11 attacks:” From the very beginning, the Muslim Brotherhood group has frankly denounced these attacks. We do not approve carrying out attacks against safe peoples or demolishing houses.
“These attacks were a wrong act which we denounce regardless of its doer”, Morsi says, clarifying the MB attitude towards 9/11 attacks.
Mohamed Morsi sees that the US administration is currently the world”s terrorism leader that intimidates civilians with through invasions, and using unconventional weapons like in Iraq in Baghdad airport battle. “The US administration has never presented any evidences on the identity of those who committed that incident” he says.
“The Muslim Brotherhood and others demanded a transparent trial with clear evidence and to have court rulings. We confirm that this isn”t a defense to those who committed these actions but we only seek the truth”, Morsi adds.
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The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has reacted tellingly to a report in yesterday’s UK media that a UK government department had donated funds to a charity coalition with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the Middle East Monitor, itself an Islamist-controlled media outlet, an Egyptian Brotherhood spokesman said that the Egyptian Brotherhood had no links with the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF):

The Global Muslim Brotherhood

The Global Muslim Brotherhood

September 24, 2014 Mohamed Soudan, foreign relations chief for the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, said his movement did not have any links with a charity coalition known as the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF).

‘Reports in this regard have nothing to do with reality,’ Soudan told Anadolu Agency. ‘We have nothing to do with the MCF.’

British daily The Telegraph on Tuesday reported that a British government department had donated £18,000 to MCF, an umbrella group for several prominent Islamist charities.

It attributed the information to a spending report by the U.K.’s Department for Communities and Local Government, reporting that the British government had donated £18,397 to MCF earlier this year.

Soudan, however, insisted that the Brotherhood had not received any donations from the British government.

‘We participate in many charity activities in light of the fact that there is a large Islamic community in the U.K.,’ he said.

Soudan said the Brotherhood had not been subject to any harassment by the British government, noting that a controversial government report on the Brotherhood and its ideology had yet to be issued.

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW reported yesterday on the story in The Telegraph concerning the MCF.

The denial by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood speaks to the difficulties surrounding the notion of a Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB), a concept first developed by the GMBDW editor in 2003. The GMBDW FAQ has an extensive explanation of what is meant by the GMB but suffice it to say that it is a far broader conception of the Brotherhood than merely the Egyptian organization itself, despite it being the source from which the GMB originally sprang. As then Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood explained in 2007:

This blessed movement founded by our martyr Imam- Allah have mercy on him- ensued a huge movement which is present in more than seventy countries all over the world, and is still spreading and bearing fruits.

Since that time, the GMBDW has reported on other acknowledgements by the Brotherhood of the reality of a GMB. In 2008, we reported that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood website had even identified a slew of Mideast organizations and one Italian group as belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Adding to the confusion is the so-called “International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood”, sometimes known as the Tanzim Al Dawli, which is far more limited in scope, generally referring to a leadership body of Middle Eastern Brotherhood organizations. Probably not coincidentally, the Middle East Monitor published another article today by former Egyptian Brotherhood figure Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh in which he claims that “the international organisational structure behind the Muslim Brotherhood was an ‘illusion created by the Egyptian media”:

September 24, 2014 Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, the leader of the Strong Egypt Party, recently said that the alleged international organisational structure behind the Muslim Brotherhood was nothing more than an ‘illusion created by the Egyptian media’. Aboul Fotouh accused the Egyptian media of trying to foster the idea that the Muslim Brotherhood is a global movement and that it should be referred to as the ‘International Organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood’. He emphasised that his rejection of the notion that an international Brotherhood exists ‘does not deny the fact that there are branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and other countries; however, it is comparable to the socialist movement, which can be found in many countries around the world’.

Read the rest here.

This is not the first time the Egyptian Brotherhood has tried to ridicule discussion about its International Organization. In December 2009, we reported that an Egyptian Brotherhood official had said:

The charge of the “international network” claims that we are in contact with the institutions and organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood around the world and this is a ridiculous charge…

However, in an interview in May of that same year, then Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Mahdi Akef provided details about the composition of it’s International Organization:

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Murshid-General (Guide), Muhammad Mahdi Akif, said that it is likely that his successor would be a non-Egyptian, but that depends on the internal elections in the Shura Council of the International Organization of the Brotherhood. He added in exclusive statement to Al-Quds al-Arabi that “the International Shura Council consists of 90 members from inside Egypt and 40 from outside, and it is they who elect the ‘murshid-general’.” As to whether the future ‘murshid-general’ can be a non-Egyptian, he said: “The brothers abroad have always preferred an Egyptian candidate out of politeness and love of Egypt.”With regard to the MB’s ‘international guidance bureau’, he said: “it consists of eight Egyptians and five non-Egyptians; whereas the Egyptian guidance bureau consists of 17 members, all of whom are Egyptians.”…With regard to the international organization, Dr Al-Halabawi said: “Representation on the Shura Council is for the countries with more members such as Jordan, Syria, the Gulf, Malaysia, Indonesia and Europe, and the candidate should be a prominent person.” (Note 1)

In January 2007, the Egyptian Brotherhood website had referred to Ibrahim Munir as “an Executive Bureau member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s International Organization.”

Clearly the Egyptian Brotherhood cannot keep its stories straight concerning its International Organization and is even more touchy about the concept of a Global Muslim Brotherhood which in 2008 it called “a Hollywood Fiction” while at the same time confirming its existence:

The so called Global Network of the Muslim Brotherhood is merely a Hollywood fiction that only exists in the minds of those who created it as part of their scare tactics to insight fears among the public and instigate government hostilities. There is no “global network” for the Muslim Brotherhood, but rather coordination among the different MB chapters in various countries, in which the MB has formal presence or representation, which clearly does not apply to the U.S. This coordination among international MB chapters mainly revolves around political issues, sharing experiences in the field of public Islamic work and exchange new ideas.

These tortured attempts by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to contradict its own statements on the global scope of the Brotherhood only reveals the extraordinary sensitivity of the organization regarding this issue. GMBDW readers who encounter such Brotherhood obfuscations should be better prepared than most to parse their various claims and denials.

For an overview of the Global Muslim Brotherhood concept, go here.

For an overview of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

(Note 1: “Statements by Muslim Brotherhood Leaders on Succession to ‘Murshid General'”Report on Statements by Muslim Brotherhood Leaders on the Position of Murshid General or [Guide] by Khalid al-Shami from London: Al-Quds al-Arabi Online Wednesday, April 8, 2009)

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Reuters is reporting that a New York jury has found the Arab Bank Plc liable for providing material support to Hamas and said it must compensate victims of related Hamas terrorist attacks. According to the report, the case is the first terrorism financing civil case to reach trial in the United States:

Arab_BankReuters September 22, 2014 – A U.S. jury on Monday found Arab Bank Plc liable for providing material support to Hamas and said it must compensate victims of two dozen attacks attributed to the Islamic militant group in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Jurors needed less than two days of deliberations to reach their verdict after a six-week trial in Brooklyn federal court, which lawyers described as the first terrorism financing civil case to reach trial in the United States.

A trial on damages will be held later. Similar lawsuits are pending in New York against Bank of China Ltd, which is accused of providing services to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and Credit Lyonnais SA, which is accused of aiding Hamas. Those banks have denied the respective allegations.

Nearly 300 Americans who were either victims or related to victims of attacks linked to Hamas had sued Arab Bank in 2004.

They accused the Jordanian bank of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, a law that lets victims of U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations such as Hamas seek damages.

“It has been a long haul,” said plaintiff Maida Averbach, 76, who said her son was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2003 suicide bombing and died in 2010 from complications. “Unfortunately my Steve isn’t here.” Averbach spoke to reporters by phone.

Read the rest here.

For a profile of Hamas, go here.

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While most of the world is focused on ISIS, as well as Iraq and Syria, US media is reporting on the takeover of the Yemeni capital Sana by what are described as Shiite militants in a development which may have profound consequences for the country’s Muslim Brotherhood. According to a Wall Street Journal report:

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Yemeni Flag

San’a, Yemen  Sept. 21 Reuters Shiite militants took over much of Yemen’s capital on Sunday, prompting the prime minister’s resignation and forcing a deal to form a new government.

The militants known as Houthis have been protesting outside government ministries in the capital San’a since August, complaining about rising fuel prices and demanding the government quicken the pace of political overhauls. By Sunday evening, they had taken over the central bank and the defense, interior and finance ministries, adding to advances last week that included the airport.

Shortly after Sunday’s takeover, the Houthis, President Abed Rabbo Mansour al Hadi and most of the country’s major parties signed a United Nations-mediated cease-fire that included an agreement to form a new government. Mr. Hadi will choose the next prime minister but must consult with the parties that signed the agreement, details of which were scarce. The Houthis are likely to have an edge in those negotiations after their recent display of force.

Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa’s departure may further the sectarian chasm in Yemen, as he was supported by the Islah party, a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot popular among the country’s Sunnis. Islah supporters and the Houthis have clashed in recent weeks.

Signaling that the Houthis may respect the position of Mr. Hadi—a U.S. ally—and U.S. counterterrorism interests in the country, the militants occupied every major government building on Sunday except for the presidential palace and the headquarters of Yemen’s special-operations forces, which are trained by their American counterparts.”

Read the rest here.

In February 2013, the GMBDW reported on Hamid al-Ahmar, also a senior leader in the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood. According to a report in the Saudi  Asharq Al-Awsat:

Also on Monday, armed rebels were reported to have looted the homes of several Yemeni officials, including that of presidential defense adviser Gen. Ali Mohsin Al-Ahmar, and leading Al-Islah Party figure Sheikh Hamid Al-Ahmar, as well as the minister of education, among others.Houthis blame Gen. Ahmar for the death of the group’s founder Hussein Al-Houthi, and he has become a hate figure for the group due to his role leading government forces in a number of recent battles against Houthis in the province of Saada.

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.”

In December 2011, we recommended on a New York Times article titled “Yemen’s Opposition May Be Caught by Its Own Double Game.”

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UK media is reporting that a government department has donated funds to a charity coalition with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. According a report in The Telegraph:

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Muslim Charities Forum

A government department donated £18,000 to a charity coalition with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose activities Britain has vowed to curtail following concerns over their extremist links in the Middle East, it has been claimed.

Last week the Telegraph revealed that the government was set to impose curbs on Muslim Brotherhood-linked organisations after a report by a senior diplomat exposed its ties with Islamist armed groups in Middle East and elsewhere.

Yet a Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) spending report shows they donated £18,397 earlier this year to the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), an umbrella group for a number of leading Islamist charities, some of which allegedly have links to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other terrorist organisations.

David Cameron ordered an urgent investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood’s alleged role in violent extremism in April, after Gulf allies put pressure on the government to curtail the movement’s London-based operations.

The report, which has now been handed over to Downing Street, accepts that some of the movement’s activity amounts to complicity with armed groups and extremists in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Read the rest here.

The report goes on to identify a report authored by the GMBDW editor which identifies five of these charities – Muslim Hands, Human Appeal International, Human Relief Foundation, Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief – as early participants in the Union of Good, the worldwide coalition of Islamic charities headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi that helps to raise funds for Hamas.

In December 2012, the GMBDW reported that the Muslim Charities Forum was seeking “unfettered access” to distribute aid in Gaza.

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Qatari media is reporting on comments by Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal at a celebration of the “Hamas’ victory over the Zionists” organized by the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). The Peninsula report on the event indicates that Meshaal made some significant admissions in his remarks:

Khaled Meshaal

Khaled Meshaal

September 22, 2014 – DOHA: Hamas has pleaded with the Islamic world to extend a helping hand in rebuilding Gaza which is left destroyed by Israel in the recent war.

Every Muslim nation on earth must contribute to the rebuilding effort in Gaza, said Hamas’ charismatic leader Khaled Meshaal.

He, however, dared Israel again yesterday and said the war with the Zionists will not be restricted to Gaza alone but will now be fought in Jerusalem and West Bank. ‘We cannot at any cost separate Jerusalem and West Bank from the Palestinian resistance,’ thundered firebrand Meshaal.

Speaking at an event to celebrate Hamas’ victory over the Zionists in the recent Gaza war, Meshaal said Palestinian unity was ‘our’ duty and political differences cannot undermine it.

The celebrations were organised by International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) headed by noted cleric Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi. Meshaal said he welcomed the union’s call for the Palestinian resistance to continue and its insistence that Palestinian unity should not be compromised at any cost.

‘We will not give up even one square inch of our occupied land and the West Bank will soon prove to be a ball of fire for the illegal occupiers and settlers.’

The people who earlier pelted stones in resistance and gradually took to guns and missiles are capable of taking the war with the Zionists to the West Bank and winning it, said Meshaal.

He said in today’s world the war of words was more important than the war fought with weapons. ‘Jihad through word is more important than the jihad waged through arms. ‘In the eyes of some, Israel is a great nation, but for us it is a lowly country.’

On Al Qassam Battalion of Hamas that fought and won the Gaza war, Meshaal said what it has achieved is nothing short of a miracle. Praising IUMS, he said yesterday’s event held by them was a symbol of Hamas’ partnership with them.

The battle for Jerusalem is central to Palestine’s freedom, he said. They have laid siege on Jerusalem. They have tightened their hold over it and they are changing its Arab character. ‘They are Judaising Arab cities, but Jerusalem is in our hearts and it will always be there,’ Meshaal added. “

The most obvious statement of important by Khaled Meshaal is the thread to extend armed conflict to Jerusalem and the West Bank which should expose as false the notion that the recent conflict was fought over Israeli policies toward Gaza.

Less obvious are Meshaal’s statements about the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) which was 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 including Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood, and Jamal Badawi a leader in numerous US Muslim Brotherhood organizations. Both individuals are widely characterized as “moderates” despite their problematic histories. If the IUMS has a partnership with Hamas, as Khaled Meshaal stated above, it would seem that IUMS officials Ghannouchi and Badawi are part of that partnership.

Khalid Meshaal’s statement that “Jihad through word is more important than the jihad waged through arms” is also significant as it acknowledges that Hamas and the Global Muslim Brotherhood have been waging a political war against the State of Israel in conjunction with its Western allies.

For a profile of Khaled Meshaal, go here.

For a report on the Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood political “Jihad”, go here.

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Turkish media is reporting that Egyptian cleric Wagdy Ghoneim and two other leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have arrived in Istanbul following their departure from Qatar. According to a Chihan News Agency report, Jamal Abdul Sattar said that their departure was the result of “dialog” to reduce pressure on Qatar and that they were not restricted from re-entering the country:

September 19, 2014 ISTANBUL Following President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s statement welcoming Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders who were recently asked to leave Qatar, a member of the MB, Jamal Abdul Sattar, has arrived in ?stanbul with two other members of the organization, and said he preferred Turkey due to the country’s position opposing the military regime in Egypt, according to a report.

Al Jazeera Turk reported on Friday that the former deputy head of the Egyptian Religious Affairs Directorate, who has been in exile in Qatar, has moved to Turkey and plans to live in ?stanbul. Sattar said two other people, namely the foreign relations officer of the MB Amr Darrag and the Egyptian cleric Wajdi Ghoneem have come to Turkey as well.

In an interview with Al Jazeera Turk in ?stanbul Sattar said he has not received an official invitation from Turkish leaders but he decided to choose Turkey to live due to the country’s support of people’s freedom in the region.

According to international press reports, several members of the group are attempting to relocate after Qatar came under enormous pressure from other Gulf Arab states to cut support for the Islamist group.

Read the rest here.

The GMBDW had reported Friday that Wagdy Ghoneim, known for his long history of extremist statements, had 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.”

The GMBDW reported last week that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said that Egyptian Brotherhood leaders departing Qatar could be granted entry to Turkey as long as laws permitted. The GMBDW had reported earlier  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.

For our analysis of the meaning of these events, go here.

For a profile on Wagdy Ghoneim, go here.

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