UK media is reporting tha the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has rejected the findings of a report implicating the MCB in what is described as a blueprint for an Islamist takeover of local schools in Birmingham. According to a report in The Guardian:
July 23, 2014 The Muslim Council of Britain has warned education authorities ‘not to be sidetracked by culture wars initiated by divisive commentators’, as it rejected many of the findings of a government-commissioned report that found a co-ordinated effort by extreme Muslims to take over some Birmingham schools.
The MCB said the report, written by Peter Clarke, the former Met counter-terror chief, was guilty of ‘conflating conservative Muslim practices to a supposed ideology and agenda to Islamise secular schools’.
Clarke’s report highlighted a pamphlet published by the MCB in 2007 and co-authored by the former chairman of Park View Educational Trust, Tahir Alam, one of the figures most criticised in the recent raft of government reports. The report alleged that the pamphlet set out a blueprint for the takeover of schools by Muslims.
Alam retaliated early on Wednesday by claiming that Clarke had not even visited some of the schools mentioned in his report. In an interview on Radio 4, he said the Clarke report was ‘commissioned as part of a campaign, really, an offensive against our school, which was politically motivated’.
The MCB said the pamphlet was ‘under routine review’ and was always aimed at being advisory in nature, helping schools engage with Muslim parents. It added it was ‘patently absurd’ to suggest the MCB was part of a movement to take over schools or promote a ‘particular hardline strand of Sunni Islam that raises concerns about their vulnerability to radicalisation in the future’.
Read the rest here.
MEMRI, a press monitoring group close to Israeli military intelligence, has published a report titled “The Information Battlefront – Hamas Websites And Social Media Presence.” The report begins:
Introduction Along with its military conflict with Israel on the ground, Hamas is investing massive efforts in its information war against Israel online. The organization operates a wide array of websites and social media accounts, for public relations and for its propaganda and psychological warfare.
Hamas’ online apparatus conveys its messages to diverse audiences in many languages; it has numerous official websites and official social media accounts, and there are also unofficial or semi-official websites and social media accounts that are affiliated with it. The official websites supply regularly updated content, including official statements by Hamas leaders and articles by its members and supporters who express the organization’s positions and policies, along with a steady stream of updates about the situation in the Gaza Strip. They also deal extensively with Hamas’ conflict with Israel and with its rivalry with regional opponents such as Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas websites address different types of audiences: Sites in Arabic deliver information and instructions to the local Gaza population, to supporters in the West Bank and Israel, and to supporters in the wider Arab and Muslim world. Some sites even have multiple pages in Western languages such as English, French, and Russian, to bring Hamas’ message to sympathizers in the Western world; sites in Turkish, Farsi, Indonesian and Urdu are aimed at the public in Muslim countries.
It should be noted that each of Hamas’ various online outlets are tailored to a specific audience. While its Arabic-language websites and social media outlets focus on glorifying the jihad against Israel, and praising its fighters’ martyrdom and even the martyrdom of its civilians, the websites in Western languages emphasize Israel’s aggression and the deaths of innocent civilians.
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Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Suwaidan has given an address in which he urged that Muslims develop a plan “to wipe out Israel” and that urged “the launching of rockets continue. ” According to a MEMRI translation:
In an address, Kuwaiti cleric Tareq Al-Suwaidan glorified martyrdom, urged all Muslims to contemplate a plan to “wipe out Israel,” and said to Hamas: “We demand that the rockets continue coming, until they bow before us.” He called upon young people to contemplate “electronic Jihad,” and said that all Muslim mothers “should suckle their babies on the hatred of the sons of Zion.” The address was posted on the Internet on July 14.
Tareq Al-Suwaidan: “We are in a conflict over our very existence with the sons of Zion. In geography as well as in history, the state of Israel is a deviant country.
“It is destined to be eradicated in its entirety. It is not just the Palestinians and not just the resistance in Gaza – we all must feel that this battle is our battle. If we do not feel that it is our battle, we have a flaw in our understanding, because we do not understand the progression of history, of geography, and the ideological – nay, the religious – conflict between us and the Israelites. Everyone must participate in this battle, wherever they may be – from Indonesia to the Muslim minorities in the U.S. Everybody must participate.
“Three days ago, I was talking to my brother Khaled Mash’al. I met him. He said: ‘We will not accept a ceasefire.’ Gone are the days when we would demand a ceasefire. I find it strange that some people are demanding a ceasefire. Absolutely not. The shooting and the launching of rockets continue. ‘If you should be suffering – they are suffering as you are suffering; but you have hope from Allah while they have none.’
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Tariq Suwaidan is one of the most important leaders of the Kuwait Brotherhood as well as the former General Manager of Al-Resalah Satellite TV, the brainchild of Saudi businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. In May 2007, Suwaidan was listed by federal prosecutors in a group of U.S Muslim Brotherhood members named as part of a large group of Unindicted Co-Conspirators in the terrorism financing case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, convicted of providing funds for Hamas. Suwaidan is also the author of the anti-Semitic “Encyclopedia of Jews.” GMBDW coverage of Suwaidan has included:
- We reported in October 2013 that Suwaidan had been barred from entering Saudi Arabia where he planned to go on Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).
- In August 2013, we reported that Suwaidan had been removed as head of the Al-Resalah TV channel by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as a result of his role in the Muslim Brotherhood.
- In April 2012, we reported that Suwaidan gave a TV interview in which he made various anti-Semitic comments and said that the most dangerous thing facing Muslims is not dictatorships but Jews whom he calls “the greatest enemy.”
- In January 2009, we reported on the struggle for control over Suwaidan’s Wikipedia page and the issue of whether or not he was part of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait.
MEMRI has published a profile of Suwaidan detailing some of his extremist views.
Via his Twitter feed, UK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Altikriti has raised the ancient anti-semitic and heinous charge of the alleged “dual-loyalty” of Jewish citizens of the UK. Mr. Altikriti tweeted yesterday:
Would one be right to raise the question of where pro-Israel Jewish Brits’ loyalties lie? Whether with Britain or Israel, & which comes 1st?”
A Jewish-American civil rights leader wrote the following about the ancient origins of this charge:
Accusations of dual loyalty are rooted in the Jew’s historic separateness and in the conditions of Diaspora life, which was characterized by Jews being denied even the most basic rights of citizenship and acceptance. Charges of dual loyalty- a loyalty toward their religious leaders that was thought to supersede their loyalty to the state- arose as least as early as the first century in the Roman-controlled city of Alexandria, at which time a pogrom (violent assault directed against Jews) ensued.
Anas Altikriti is the son of Osama Altikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in that country. In addition to his role at Cordoba, Altikriti is one of the leaders of the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) had for many years been the most active organization in the U.K Muslim Brotherhood but many of the leaders of the MAB left in 2007 to form the BMI. According to an Israeli think-tank report, the breakup appeared to be the result of a conflict between traditionalists in the MAB who were unhappy with the high level of involvement in U.K left-wing politics while those who formed the BMI wished such activity to continue.
Mr. Altikriti’s charge of dual loyalty of is somewhat ironic give his past support for Iraqi insurgents fighting British and American troops. In April 2004 Altikriti gave an interview with Islam Online, at that time associated with Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, in which he said that the “struggle of the Iraqi people, militarily and politically must continue until the occupier leaves and a true patriotic and democratic government is elected”. He stated his preference for political rather than violent “resistance”, yet affirmed the right of Iraqis to use “any means and methods” to expel the “occupation”:
I am all for the effort and struggle to free Iraq and end the occupation. I would rather that happen without any silage of blood on any side, the coalition forces or the Iraqis. If there are political avenues that are efficient and would work, then they must be exhausted. However, to expect to rule people with guns and missiles and not expect a reaction in kind is extremely foolish and naive. Also, to occupy a people and expect them not to retaliate is also unrealistic. Even the United Nations recognizes the right of an occupied people to free themselves using any means and methods, and the Iraqis aren’t exempt from that liberty. However, my wish is that not one single Iraqi is killed, not one single American or British soldier is killed…and Iraq is freed from occupation. If that can be achieved, then I’m all for it.
In an interview in June 2006 on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood website, Altikriti called upon “the Iraqi resistance” to “refrain from killing for the sake of killing but only to resist the occupation”. He reaffirmed “the right of the Iraqis to engage in legitimate resistance against foreign occupation abiding by the international laws and traditions”.
Al Tikriti also lashed out at the occupation forces accusing them of being the real cause of destruction in Iraq and killings of the Iraqi people “It was the occupation in the first place which opened the doors for Al-Zarqawi or the Badr Brigades (Shiite militia) which kill the Sunni scholars on a daily bases. It was also the same ugly occupation and through its horrific actions in Abu Gharib and the massacres in Haditha and Ishaqi, that caused some Iraqis to sympathizes with Al-Zarqawi and those like him” Al Tikriti called upon members of the Iraqi resistance to embolden its true patriotic image before the world and refrain from killing for the sake of killing but only to resist the occupation. He concluded by reaffirming the right of the Iraqis to engage in legitimate resistance against foreign occupation abiding by the international laws and traditions.
Arab media is reporting that Kuwait is planning to close three branches of the Islah Charitable Society, also known as the Kuwaiti Social Reform Association, a charity associated with the Muslim Brotherhood in that country. According to an Arab Times report:
July 19, 2014 Kuwait City, Plans are underway to close three branches of Islah Charitable Society for violating charity regulations, reports Al-Rai daily quoting ministry sources. In the wake of recent directives issued by the Council of Ministers, the assistant undersecretary for social development in Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Munira Al-Fadli reaffirmed that the sector follows up charitable work. He added that restructuring of the follow-up committee for charitable activities was necessary due to the significance of charity work. She indicated ‘dissolution of the follow-up committee for charity activities two weeks ago was founded on the new organizational structure and mandate’’, adding the committee was in need of employee evaluation and amendment for administrational development. Al-Fadli pointed out that the ministry is keen on developing the charity sector and ‘’there are active committees and inactive ones. In fact, some have not been holding meetings for quite some time and shake-up is imperative in every committee’’.
Read the rest here.
A Carnegie Foundation report identifies the Social Reform Society as “the formal organization associated with the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood.” There were reports in April that a proposal to disband the organization was being contested in court.
The GMBDW reported last week that a Kuwaiti MP had called for the country to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. As we noted at that time, recent GMBDW coverage of has discussed Kuwait financing of Brotherhood projects in Switzerland and Poland. Other relevant GMBDW coverage has included:
- In January we reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood had sharply criticized the Egyptian government’s decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
- In February 2013, we reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood was supporting the formation of an opposition alliance.
- In January 2013, we reported that a Kuwaiti MP had alleged there were Muslim Brotherhood “sleeper cells” operating in Kuwait.
- In November 2012, we reported on comments by the Dubai police chief accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of creating unrest in the UAE. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan also said that UAE Muslim Brotherhood members who had been arrested had met with Kuwaiti Brotherhood “mentors” including Tariq Al-Suwaidan.
- In January 2012, German media reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood had boycotted the parliamentary elections which were won largely by Shiites. Despite the boycott, the Brotherhood won four seats.
In November 2013, two Carnegie Foundation analysts posted an article that looked at the status of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait.
The Federation of Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO), a youth organization tied to Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, has issued its own condemnation of Israeli military action in Gaza. As with almost all such statements from Brotherhood organizations reported so far, no mention is made either of Hamas or its rocket campaign again Israel:
July 16, 2014 FEMYSO condemns in the strongest language the latest Israeli military assault in the Gaza Strip and calls on the international community, especially EU members, to take immediate steps to halt the killing of innocent civilians and hold those responsible for these atrocities accountable.
Israel has claimed it is engaging in surgically targeting militants in Gaza, however the indiscriminate nature of the strikes is demonstrated by the number of fatalities, which is over fifty including children, while the number of wounded has exceeded four hundred.
The current aggression is tantamount to the collective punishment on the inhabitants of Gaza. Collective punishment and indiscriminate targeting of civilian areas is a violation of international law.
It is surprising that Europe, whose union is founded on human rights, remains silent in the face of these violations. FEMYSO calls on Israel to immediately halt all forms of aggression against the innocent residents of Gaza and for the EU to condemn this aggression and immediately engage various community leaders and relevant organizations to fulfill our international and moral obligations.
The statement goes to describe the founding of FEMYSO:
FEMYSO was founded in 1996 in Sweden at a time when Muslim youth from across Europe felt the need to come together to create a united body, to share ideas and experiences, help develop the capacity of Muslim European youth and represent their concerns and views to the European institutions.
This explanation conveniently omits the role of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the umbrella organization for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe as well as the relationship between FEMYSO and the Saudi World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). A 2008 report authored by the GMBDW editor explains:
Another source says that FEMYSO was created by a joint initiative of the FIOE and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth together with several national Muslim youth organizations. In 2004, the FIOE website included FEMYSO as one of its “central organizations” and described it as: “…a forum that consists of dozens of youth and student organizations and associations spanning most of Europe….The organization is headquartered in central Brussels, occupying one of two offices in a second floor office suite. The adjacent office is occupied by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). In 2003, Belgian phone records listed Bassen Hatahet, likely Bassem Hatahet, the FIOE member and Belgium Muslim Brotherhood leader, at the same address and a telephone number that belonged to the FEMYSO operation.
The report goes on to look at the relationship between various FEMYSO leaders and the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
In March, the GMBDW reported that Youssef Himmat, likely the son of German Muslim Brotherhood leader Ghaleb Ali Himmat, had been selected by the Secretary General of the Council Of Europe (COE) to serve for 2014-2-15 as member of the Council’s Advisory Council on Youth.
In August 2013 we reported that FEMYSO had elected new leadership that included children or close relatives of important European Muslim Brotherhood leaders including the daughter of Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi.
CNN Turkey is reporting in Turkish that the Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) is recruiting “human shields” to serve in the Gaza conflict and that 73 people including 38 women have already registered.
A report report authored by the GMBDW editor looked at the role of IHH as the lead organization for the June 2010 Gaza Flotilla that was involved in a violent altercation with Israeli naval forces. Some of the conclusions of that reported included:
- There is strong evidence for Turkish governmental involvement in the Gaza flotilla incident, with Turkish government support channeled through the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood network. Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood. The IHH was not acting alone but rather was an integral part of a Turkish Muslim Brotherhood network.
- The Gaza flotilla incident brought into sharp focus an even more significant long- term development: the growing relationship between the Erdogan government and the Global Muslim Brotherhood, which has given rise to some of the most notorious Islamist terrorist groups – from al-Qaeda to Hamas. Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood, while the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip acted as the main axis for this activity.
- Although IHH declared that the flotilla was humanitarian in nature, the history of IHH suggests that it is not only a humanitarian organization…..Aside from these terrorist connections, this report demonstrates that IHH and the rest of the Turkish/MB network are in fact Islamist, politicized organizations.
The report contains extensive information on the extremist/terrorist ties of IHH. Read the rest here.
In September 2012, the GMBDW reported that that the IHH might have been involved in transporting weapons to Syria on behalf of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
In June 2012, we reported that the IHH President was being investigated for financing Al-Qaeda through the IHH.
The Scottish government has published comments by External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf who says that the country “stands ready to accept Palestinian refugees” from the Gaza conflict. According to the report:
July 18, 2014 Commenting on the latest situation in Gaza and Israel and confirming that Scotland stands ready to accept Palestinian refugees, External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf said:
‘The start of a ground offensive is a serious and worrying development. The lives lost in this conflict are individual human tragedies and the killing of innocent civilians, be they Palestinian or Israeli, is to be utterly condemned. The rocket attacks on Israel are unacceptable and should stop, as should the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which is heavily disproportionate, as demonstrated by the mounting civilian death toll.
‘As a Government we continue to call for a complete cessation to all violence and add our voice to those in the international community for an immediate, longer term ceasefire, and that both sides in this conflict put an end to the violence that is causing so many civilian deaths and injuries.
‘The worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza has been well documented and the UN now estimates that over 18,000 people have been internally displaced. I have today written to the Home Secretary and told her that Scotland would be willing to accept Palestinian refugees and urged the UK to also play a part in easing the refugee crisis in Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Read the rest here.
Scottish media reported that until 2009, Humza Yousaf had been a director of the Scottish Islamic Foundation (SIF), headed by his cousin Osama Saeed, a former official with the Muslim Association of Britain, part of the UK Muslim Brotherhood. The SIF was officially launched in 2008 and a UK think-tank has reported on its ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. A UK media report observed that former SIF chief Executive Osama Saeed enjoyed close relations with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond for whom he used to work as a researcher and documents Saeed’s controversial background including calls for an Islamic Caliphate and equivocal stands on terrorism. Saeed had been a candidate for the Scottish parliament on the ticket of the Scotttish Nationalist Party (SNP) and resigned his post as head of the SIF following an audit of the SIF accounts. SIF had been known to enjoy good relations with the Scottish government, receiving government funding on more than one occasion, although its links with the government were questioned by the Scottish Conservative party in 2010, noting the SIF ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The SIF ceased to exist sometime probably in 2011.
As for Humza Yousaf himself, his official biography notes that he had been a volunteer for Islamic Relief since the age of 10 and in the last two years has voluntarily worked as the media spokesman for Islamic Relief Scotland. Islamic Relief Worldwide is headquartered in the UK and has close ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. The GMBDW reported in June that Israel had banned Islamic Relief Worldwide from operating in Israel saying that it is involved in sending cash to Hamas. His biography also says that he “is an alumnus of the US State Department’s prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme”, known to have facilitated networking between US and Global Muslim Brotherhood groups and perhaps explaining the 2008 partnership between the SIF and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The GMBDW reported in October 2008 on meetings between Humza Yousaf and Osama Saeed and the Turkish AKP as well as with Wadah Khanfar, at that the Director-General of Al Jazeera but also known to be close to Hamas and the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Mr Saeed is current employed as the Head of Media and Public Relations at the Al Jazeera Media Network.
Although the Minister for External Affairs and International Development is a junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government and the minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet, the GMBDW wonders about the role of Mr. Yousaf in an independent Scottish government should that come to pass and what the implications might be for an independent Scotland’s foreign policy.
The Al-Monitor news portal has translated an Arabic language report titled “Jordan government may shift policy toward Brotherhood” which looks at the possibility of a change in the Kingdom’s stance towards the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. The article begins:
July 9, 2014 Today a question is being posed: Has this behavior changed even though the unrest near Jordan, in Iraq and Syria, is at its highest, especially after the growing influence and threat of the terrorist organization called the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham)?
This question came after the Jordanian government boycotted the fourth general conference of the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of Jordan’s Brotherhood, and after the government prevented any public or private hall in the kingdom from hosting the conference, forcing the organizers to hold it in a tent a few days ago.
The government’s action sent a ‘strong’ message that betting on the Brotherhood’s ‘moderation’ in the face of extremists, jihadists, and those who use armed violence, has undergone a ‘modification.’ The Jordanian government’s decades-old view that the Brotherhood is moderate has somewhat changed after the so-called Arab Spring.”
The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood made a mistake by trying to draw strength from the Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt and Mohammed Morsi becoming president. Senior Brotherhood leaders in Jordan declared that change was on the way to Jordan and that an “Islamic state” would soon be established.
Read the rest here.
In March, the GMBDW recommended an article suggesting that suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was facing an increasingly deteriorating situation.
For a revealing look into internal conflicts within the Jordanian Brotherhood, go here.
For a history of extremism by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, go here.
For an analysis of the relationship between the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the government, go here.
The US-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has joined other elements of the Global Muslim Brotherhood in condemning Israeli military action in Gaza without mentioning either Hamas by or its rocket campaign. According to the MPAC statement:
July 16, 2014 Washington, DC For the last nine days, innocent Palestinian civilians have been bombarded with an aggressive Israeli military campaign by land, sea and air, backed by U.S. political cover and financial support. Of the more than 200 Palestinians killed, more than 80 percent have been civilians according to the United Nations. That means four out of five Palestinians killed have been civilians, including large numbers of women and children. To date, one Israeli has been killed by Hamas rocket fire and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel will intensify its military campaign.
MPAC calls on all people of conscience to speak up for Palestinians who have been treated as silent statistics instead of innocent human lives. Changing U.S. policy requires changing U.S. public opinion on the conflict.
Please take three steps to stand up for human rights and the equal value of Palestinian lives:
Read the rest here.
MPAC and its leaders have made anti-Semitic statements that assert or imply an organized Jewish effort to defame and exclude U.S. Muslims from U.S. political life and has engaged in frequent and virulent demonization of Israel including describing Israeli actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a “rape of the soul of the Islamic people”, asserting that the objective of Israeli actions in Gaza was “gross killings of Palestinian civilians, including women and children”, and accusing supporters of Israel of using tactics similar to Hitler’s. In December 2009, MPAC reported that “Israeli doctors had extracted human organs from dead Palestinians during the 1988 intifada and into the 1990s.” MPAC leader Salam Al-Marayati suggested on a talk radio show on September 11, 2001 that Israel might have been behind the 911attacks.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) was established originally in 1986 as the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California whose leaders had backgrounds suggesting they were associated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. A 1989 US Muslim Brotherhood document introduced as evidence in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial refers to the last name of one of the MPAC leaders, Mather Hathout, in a list of “Islamic Centers and Groups in the field.” MPAC has since developed into the political lobby arm of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and has opposed almost every counterterrorism action proposed or carried out by the U.S. government, often suggesting that the efforts were aimed at the U.S. Muslim community. MPAC has also acted to support a variety of Palestinian terrorist organizations as well as facilitating a wider range of terrorism by defending or justifying violence carried out by Islamic groups. Nevertheless, MPAC has developed particularly extensive relationships with agencies of the U.S. government including meetings with the Department of Justice and the FBI.