Various sources are reporting that a “Workshop on the situation of Palestinian refugees of Syria” was held today at an Istanbul hotel. According to the announcement, there are three sponsors for the workshop, all tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood:
- Palestinian Return Centre
- Filistin Dayanisma Dernegi (FIDDER)
- Action Group for Palestinians of Syria
Twitter reporting indicates that the following individuals of interest were present at the workshop:
- Dr. Mohammed Hanoun (Italian leader of a Hamas support network)
- Bulent Yildrim (head of Turkish charity known as IHH that sponsored the June 2010 Gaza Flotilla)
- Majed Al-Zeer (Palestinian Return Centre)
Hanoun, Yildrim, and Al-Zeer all have played important roles in the Gaza flotilla movement. It should also be noted that Twitter reporting indicates that several Fatah leaders also attended the workshop.
The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) has many ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas. Current and past PRC directors have also been directors of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), a part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood. The PRC is also as an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) which frequently acts in concert with U.K. Muslim Brotherhood groups and PRC activities are often promoted by the MAB, MCB, and other U.K. Brotherhood organizations. PRC director Ghassan Four is also a Trustee of INTERPAL, a key member of the Union of Good, a coalition of charities headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and which helps to raise funds for Hamas. Arafat Madi (aka Arafat Madi Shoukri), identified in the past as the Executive Director of the PRC, is also the chairman of the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza (ECESG), one of the main sponsors of the Gaza flotilla movement and also tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. PRC director Zaher Birawi is a Trustee of Education Aid for Palestine (EAP), also a part of the Union of Good. Mr. Birawi has also been the head of programming for Al-Hiwar TV which frequently features MB/Hamas individuals and organizations and was founded by Azzam Al-Tamimi, a U.K Muslim Brotherhood leader and close to Hamas. An Israeli web site, known to be close to Israeli military intelligence, has reported that Mr. Birawi, along with another PRC Trustee are “past Hamas operatives who found refuge in Britain in the early nineties.” In December 2010, the israeli government declared the PRC to be an illegal organization stating “the Center functions as Hamas’s organizational branch in Europe and its members are senior Hamas leaders who promote the movement’s agenda in Europe, and directly interact with various Hamas leaders, particularly from Damascus.
The Filistin Dayanisma Dernegi (FIDDER) is a Turkish organization that describes itself as “a group of Turkish citizens of Palestinian origin who believe in the just Palestine cause and in the Palestinians’ right to live in freedom and dignity and in their right to return to their homeland.” Tahsin Misirli, possibly a relative of Turkish Muslim Brotherhood leader Gazi Misirli, is the President of FIDDER. A report authored by the GMBDW editor provides extensive detail about the role of FIDDER in the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood network as well as in the June 2010 Gaza Flotilla that was involved in a violent altercation with Israeli naval forces.
Following a workshop in the presence of prominent institutions and figures in the fields of media, thinking and politics in London — organized by the Palestinian Return Centre — to discuss the situation of Palestinian refugees in Syria in light of current events, “the Working Group for the Palestinians in Syria,” has been launched with the initiative of Palestinian and Arab figures to pursue the political, legal and humanitarian rights of the refugees (translated from Arabic)
The AGPS was launched in October 2012.
The report on the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood networks mentioned above concluded:
The Gaza flotilla incident brought into sharp focus an even more significant long- term development: the growing relationship between the Erdogan government and the Global Muslim Brotherhood, which has given rise to some of the most notorious Islamist terrorist groups – from al-Qaeda to Hamas. Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood, while the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip acted as the main axis for this activity
Alarabiya.net has also recently posted an article titled “Turkey’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood “ concluding that since the onset of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Turkey has become the regional hub for the Muslim Brotherhood’s international organization. Given the challenges facing the Hamas regime in Gaza, not to mention the catastrophic events in Egypt, it appears likely that the Global Muslim Brotherhood is hedging its bets in Syria and using its new base in Turkey.