UK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Altikriti has reported on his Twitter feed that HSBC Bank has closed his accounts and the accounts of all of his family. According to the tweet:
Last week, #HSBC informed me and my family (my wife and 2 sons) that our personal accounts will be closed. No explanation. @HSBC_UK_Press
He goes on to allege that the closures are part of HSBC Bank closing down the bank accounts of Palestinian activists:
“#HSBC closing down bank accounts of Palestinian activists and their families. @anasaltikriti #BoycottHSBC pic.twitter.com/BSQ7w5Jl8h #Bds
Altikriti is also saying that the accounts for the Finsbury Mosque and the Cordoba Foundation have also been closed by HSNBC:
Anas Altikriti ?@anasaltikriti We’ve all heard that #HSBC has also closed down accounts for Finsbury Park Mosque, @UWT_UK & The @CordobaFoundati Who next?! @HSBC_UK_Press
Anas Al-Tikriti is the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in that country. In addition to his role at Cordoba, Al-Tikriti 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. Altikriti is also head of the Cordoba Foundation, a “think-tank” serving the aims of the UK Muslim Brotherhood.
The Finsbury Mosque had a long history of ties to terrorists and extremist Islamic clerics. It was subsequently closed but then re-opened under the management of the UK Brotherhood, which is to imply that the Brotherhood is not extremist or tied to terrorism in its own right.