Muslim Brotherhood Affiliated Mosque Approved In Berlin


A Berlin newspaper has reported that a local town council has approved the construction of a 4800 square meter Berlin mosque and culture complex sponsored by an Islamic association linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. The project is backed by an Islamic association known as Inssan whose earlier plans for the construction of a facility twice the size were rejected, as noted by an earlier post, after running into trouble in 2004 when German media revealed that the property was actually purchased on behalf of the European Trust by Ibrahim El-Zayat, the leader of the Islamische Gemeinschaft Deutschland (IGD). Both the European Trust and the IGD are part of the Muslim Brotherhood network in Europe. The current project, however, is scheduled to begin in 2009 and so far has avoided the kind of controversy that accompanied the first effort by Inssan to build a mosque in Berlin. According to the newspaper report, the 2.9 million Euro cost of the project is being financed one-third by German donations and the remainder from unidentified “sponsors” in Arab countries. Sources in Germany report that in the spring of 2006, Inssan sponsored a Berlin talk by Zaghoul Al-Naggar, an Egyptian whose Muslim Brotherhood ties and anti-semitic writings were examined in an earlier analysis.

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