RECOMMENDED READING: Muhammad Sawalha Profile


The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has published a profile of Hamas activist and U.K. Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Kazem Sawalha, describing him as follows:

Muhammad Kazem Sawalha is a senior Hamas activist who publicly supports jihad and was formerly involved in both political and operational Hamas activities in Judea and Samaria, including running the terrorist operative infrastructure. He was wanted by the Israeli security services but in October 1990 used forced documents to escape to Jordan, and from there went to Britain. In Britain he has been involved in intensive anti-Israeli activities within the Islamic community, with the Muslim Brotherhood and with British organizations providing support for the de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip.

The ITIC profiles also details Sawalha’s ties to the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood:

In recent years his status as a senior Hamas activist has diminished, although he has continued his intensive pro-Hamas anti-Israeli activities. He has arranged rallies and demonstrations, sermons in mosques, Muslim Brotherhood activities (Hamas is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood), and sent aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and to the de facto Hamas administration. Gaza Strip residents demonstrate in Rafah (Palestine-info, December 22) Muhammad Sawalha at a British Muslim Initiative demonstration. He carries a sign reading “Freedom for Palestine.” To his left is a demonstrator holding a sign reading “Stop the holocaust in Gaza” (The picture was apparently taken during Operation Cast Lead.)2 7. Some examples of his activities in recent years are the following: A. On March 19, 2004, the Muslim Brotherhood website referred to him as “UK official [mas’ul] of the Political Committee of the International Muslim Brotherhood Organisation in the UK.”3 B. He was one of the founders of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), an organization affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and headed it from 1999 to 2007. He later became chairman of the British Muslim Initiative.4 C. On July 21, 2007, he appeared on Hamas’ Palestine-info website as head of an organization called the International Committee to Lift the Siege on the Gaza Strip.5 D. In July 2009 he was reported appointed as deputy chairman of the Popular Committee in Support of the Palestinian People, which describes itself as coordinating between organizations and institutions all over the globe to promote a “Palestinian victory” and “lift the [so-called] siege of the Gaza Strip.” (The organization’s website gave broad coverage to the Viva Palestina humanitarian assistance convoy which reached the Gaza Strip at the beginning of January 2010.6)

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