European Muslim Brotherhood Group For New Converts To Hold Annual Camp In Tunisia

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The website of the New European Muslim Association is reporting that the organization is organizing its 4th annual camp to be held in Tunisia on 28th October – 04th November 2012. The website says the camp will be for new Muslims living in Europe and their families. The NEMA website describes the organization as follows:

The Native European Muslims Assembly (NEMA) was founded in 2007 as a subcommittee of the Da’wa Department in the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE). The main goal of the committee was to coordinate and enhance the ongoing activities with new Muslims across Europe. The NEMA was keen on getting accurate information about ongoing activities with European converts, so a questionnaire was prepared and sent to relevant organizations addressing the main challenges and opportunities associated with converts. The questionnaire results indicated that a lot of effort is needed to enhance the current work with new Muslims in Europe.NEMA organized a number of meetings and a workshop involving representatives from different European organizations at verifying the data collected from the questionnaire by inviting representatives from different European countries to introduce their work with converts and highlight potential areas for cross-European cooperation. These meetings also aimed at developing a plan for a European-based work with new Muslims. In February 2010 NEMA was established as a separate non- membership organization linked to FIOE.

report on FIOE by the NEFA Foundation describes FIOE 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.

A post from June reported that FIOE issued a statement expressing its “great sorrow” over the death of French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.

In addition, NEMA is known to cooperate with a Dutch organization known as Landelijk Platform Nieuwe Moslims ( (National Platform For New Muslims”). A post from August 2011 reported that Landelijk Platform Nieuwe Moslims had sponsored its third Islamic camp with the theme “European Muslims breaking through the challenges”  held in Cairo, Egypt. Scheduled to address new converts at that camp was U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi as well as Dr. Salah Soltan whose virulent anti-Semitic statements and background in the Global Muslim Brotherhood were discussed in the post. Also discussed in the same post was the relationship between LPNM and  Ontdek Islam which sponsored lectures for new converts by Kuwait Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Suwaidan, listed by federal prosecutors as an Unindicted Co-Conspirators in the terrorism financing case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, convicted of providing funds for Hamas. Suwaidan also has a history of virulent anti-Semitism. The lectures were co-sponsored by NEMA. 

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