Turkish Muslim Brotherhood Concludes International Fair


The Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW), an umbrella organization tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey, has reported on the ending of the 14 International Fair organized by MUSIAD. According to the report:

 October 2012 11:13 14th MUSIAD International Fair, which was organized by the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MUSIAD), founding member of the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW), ended. The fair began with the opening program in which more than 30 ministries from the Afro-Eurasian countries attended. In the fair, more than 5 thousands businessmen and nearly 700 commercial companies from Turkey and 84 countries set up their booths. Also, NGOs from Turkey and different countries participated in the fair.   The fair has a great importance in terms of establishing a ground for increasing the level of trade among Muslim businessmen all over the world.   Consisting of 217 NGO members from 53 countries, the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW) participated in the fair. During the fair, General Coordinator Assistant Yusuf Kara made contacts with the heads and representatives of NGOs from various countries.   MUSIAD Chairman Mr. Nail Olpak visited the UNIW booth and stated that this fair was an important opportunity not only for businessmen but also for NGOs.   UNIW Secretary General Ali Kurt visited the booth and dealt with his guests. Furthermore, he gave a statement to TRT Arabic channel about the fair.   

report by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) describes MUSIAD,  an Islamic businessman’s association founded in Turkey in 1990 and with strong ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood:

The Müstakil Sanayici ve ??adamlar? Derne?i (MÜS?AD) was founded in 1990 by religiously-devout entrepreneurs with ties to Prime Minister Ozal or to the Islamist Necmettin Erbakan and as an alternative to TUSIAD, the organization representing the secular middle class. MÜS?AD fused a pro-business philosophy with an Islamic critique of capitalism, seeking to replace it with a system based on Islam. MÜS?AD is supported by Prime Minister Erdogan, is pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel, and has a stron grelationship with the Middle East through its Foreign Relations division, at one time headed by Gazi Misirli, a Turk of Syrian origin who joined MÜS?AD in 1998. Misirlicame to Turkey in either 1983 or 1987 and studied engineering at Istanbul University. He is a trustee of the Europe Trust, an arm of the Federation of Islamic Organizationsin Europe (FIOE), which has amassed a real-estate portfolio and uses part of the income to fund FIOE projects. All of the trustees, including Ibrahim El-Zayat, are leaders in the European Muslim Brotherhood. Misirli appears to have close ties to Prime Minister Erdogan.

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