European Muslim Brotherhood Supports Loyalty to Turkey Campaign


The website of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) is promoting a “Loyalty to Turkey Campaign” said to encourage support of the country in appreciation for support of the the Palestinians in Gaza. According to the FIOE announcement:

The objective of the campaign: The objective of the campaign is the loyalty to Turkey by encouraging Arab and Muslim people and organizations to buy Turkish products, and urging their cooperation with Turkish organizations and companies in the fields of Tourism, Industry, Commerce and Investment, and supporting and activating the process of culture exchange with Turkey. The reasons behind the campaign: The campaign was launched in appreciation of the Turkish people and government, who showed great courage during the siege on Gaza, and who supported the Palestinian people in their crisis at a time when support was sorely lacking, and their defense of Palestinian rights on the international level. This was evident in the brave stance of the Turkish Prime Minister Mr.Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Davos, where he was the only voice to oppose injustice and highlight double standards. This was a humane representation of the standpoint of the Turkish people, including all social segments, sects and ethnic groups, who went out in millions in all regions of Turkey, to participate in protests expressing their condemnation of the hostilities in Gaza. Relief organizations and medical corps headed towards Gaza during the first moments of the war, and provided (and still are) services that relieved the devastation of the Palestinian people. These actions show the authenticity of the Turkish people and their commitment to their Islamic identity.Consequently we found that there was a need for a loyal stand with Turkey and its courageous Prime Minister Mr.Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Hadith tells us “He who does not thank others does not thank God”. From this perspective came the Loyalty to Turkey Campaign.

The campaign website describes itself as follows:

We are a group of academicians, scholars, businessmen, journalists, reporters, students, and professional whom deeply affected by the courageous, manly, and noble position of his majesty prime minster Recep Tayyib Erdo?an. In addition to that, the outburst of the Turkish people to the solidarity with Palestinian people in Gaza and the deep reactions with the Muslim world issues motivated our souls with deep love and constancy for Turkey to work together in order to pay part of the favor and kindness to this generous country.

Advertisers on the webpage include the Al Jazeera news channel whose management is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and Musiad, a Turkish Islamist business association whose leadership includes Gazi Misirli, a Trustee of the Europe Trust which serves as a funding/endowment arm of the FIOE.

The NEFA Foundation has published a special report on the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the umbrella group comprising the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. According to the report synopsis:

The Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) claims to be an independent organization representing the interests of Muslims in Europe. In reality, the FIOE is an umbrella group that comprises the global Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Strong links connect FIOE’s leadership central institutions and member organizations to the Brotherhood, as well as to Saudi Arabia. Funding for the FIOE is derived largely from Gulf sources, including some of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. The FIOE has strong ties to Hamas and Hamas fund-raising organizations, and some FIOE member organizations show evidence of links with Al-Qaida. The FIOE has recently opened a headquarters office in Brussels and has had some success in positioning itself as a “dialog partner” for the EU and other important institutions.

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