Global Muslim Brotherhood Figure Serving As Tunisian Presidential Adviser

Anouar Gharbi
Anouar Gharbi

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch has identified Anouar Gharbi as yet another individual tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood that is serving as a presidential adviser in an Arab country with a Muslim Brotherhood government. In June 2012, an online bio reported that Mr. Gharbi had a “new role as the top advisor for foreign affairs to the President of the Republic of Tunisia”, a country where the Ennahda Party dominates the government.  A post from yesterday reported that Mr. Gharbi is a trustee of the pro-Hamas EU lobby group known as the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR). He was also a founding member of the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), close to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and Mr. Gharbi was one of the coordinators for the 2nd Gaza Flotilla. Mr Gharbi has also been an officer of the Association de Secours Palestinien (ASP) in Switzerland, the Swiss member of the Union of Good (UOG), a coalition of charities headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi which helps to raise funds for Hamas. In addition, Mr. Gharbi is a founding member and former President, now Honorary President of, Droit pour Tous (Rights for All) a Swiss-based NOG that describes itself as a human rights organization but actually functions as a Palestinian advocacy group and is one of the members of the ECESG. 

In addition to Mr. Gharbi,  Dr. Ayman Ali (aka Ayman Aly) was appointed In June 2012 as one of 100 members of the new constituent assembly that was charged with drafting the country’s new constitution and described Identified as the “expatriates’ representative”  and vice-president of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the umbrella group representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Also in June 2012, Dr. Ali was appointed as the Presidential spokesperson to Egyptian President Morsi. In August 2012, Dr. Ali was  selected as one of Morsi’s four Presidential advisers and described as a Muslim Brotherhood member and a physician. A Wall Street Journal investigation revealed in 2004 that Dr. Ali was involved in the transfer of funds to a Bosnian charity designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Other individuals from the Global Muslim Brotherhood are serving in various other capacities to Muslim Brotherhood governments in the Middle East and North Africa. In August 2012, Radwan Masmoudi, President of Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), was being considered for the post of Tunisian ambassador to the U.S. and that he acknowledged for the first time that he has been a part of the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood since the 1980’s. CSID was founded in 1998 as a joint project of the US Muslim Brotherhood, the US State Department, and Georgetown academic Dr. John Esposito. From its inception, CSID has argued that the U.S. government should support Islamist movements in foreign countries and has received financial support from the U.S. State Department, the National Endowment for Democracy and the United States Institute of Peace.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (GMBDW) had also identified three SNC leaders that were tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood as well as pointing out that Ghassan Hito, recently chosen by the Syrian National Coalition as its interim Prime Minister, was also part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The SNC and Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi enjoyed close relations and Moaz Khatib, identified above as the SNC President, is also close to the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.

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