The Federation of Islamic Organizations In Europe (FIOE) has reported that it has held the second European Scout Camp in Gerona in Spain from March 19th to 21st. According to the report:
Under the supervision of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe the Muslim Scout Union organized the second European Scout Camp in Gerona in Spain from March 19th to 21st 2010 to train leaders and guidance councilors. The camp was attended by over 100 leaders and guidance councilors from amongst the ranks of the European scouts. The camp was organized in Sola, which is a youth resort that includes all the necessary facilities, and is surrounded by a large forest and mountains. The camp is 17 kilometers away from the city of Gerona, 6 kilometers from the airport of Costa Brava and 79 kilometers from the city of Barcelona.The participants: · 90 leaders and guidance councilors whose ages ranged from 18 – 35 years, 10 trainers – with a wooden badge – whose ages ranged from 30 – 45 years · 8 volunteers for purchasing, cooking and services
The report also identified the following individuals as being involved with the camp:
The guests of the camp: Dr. Khedr, Mr. Abdel Razek El Khadrawy, and Mr.Abdel Hakim Albobry
The organizational structure of the camp:
· Camp leader: Osama Amr (Switzerland)
· Organization head: Ahmed Abu Shah (Switzerland)
· Reception: Mohamed Almasky (Spain)
· Kitchen and services: Abdallah Alhagawy (Italy)
· Education guide: Dr. Khedr Abdel Moaty (Germany)
· Imam: Mahmoud Algabary
· Training and Scout material: Amr Mostafa (Sweden)
· General supervisor: Selim Bin Omara
Dr. Moaty is known to be the the general coordinator of the European Assembly of Imams and Spiritual Guiders, the FIOE organization that was established in 2008 to train European imams. Selim Bin Omara is the head of the FIOE Youth and Student Department. A previous post reported on a January meeting of the leadership of the Federation of Muslim Scouts in Europe where Mr. Omara was identified as “General Scout Leader.” The FIOE web site states that the Federation of Muslim Scouts in Europe is a FIOE member organization but it is also likely related to the International Union of Muslim Scouts (IUMS) which in 2006 co-sponsored a five-day leadership course in Switzerland for young Muslim scouts in conjunction with FIOE which may be referred to in the above report as “the event in Switzerland.” The IUMS is headquartered in Saudi Arabia and is recognized by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and the International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief, both organizations tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood.
A report on FIOE by the NEFA Foundation describes the organization as follows:
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 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.