Jewish media in the US is reporting that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Ramadan has alleged that Belgian officials may be part of a conspiracy to falsely depict the Brussels Jewish museum shootings as anti-Semitic. According to a report at Foward.com:
May 30, 2014 A Swiss professor wrote on Facebook that Belgian officials may be part of a conspiracy to falsely present the Brussels Jewish museum shootings as anti-Semitic.
Tariq Ramadan, a Geneva-based lecturer on Contemporary Islamic issues at Oxford University in Britain, speculated on Tuesday that the slaying of four people last week at the Jewish Museum of Belgium was a deliberate attack on Israeli secret agents.
Ramadan was for a time been banned from entering the United States for financial contributions he made to Hamas fronts. Ramadan denied knowing that the charities were Hamas fronts and the ban has been removed.
‘The two tourists targeted in Brussels worked for the Israeli secret services,’ Ramadan wrote, citing media reports.
‘The [Belgian] government does not comment,’ Ramadan wrote. ‘Coincidence. Is this a case of anti-Semitism or a maneuver to divert attention from the real motives of the executioners? We oppose all slaying of innocents and racism but at the same time, it’s time they stopped taking us for fools.’
An unidentified shooter killed two Israeli tourists, Enamuel and Mira Riva, and two museum staffers, Alexandre Strens and Dominique Sabrier.
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Despite complaining that he has been dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist”, this is not the first time that Ramadan has expressed conspiratorial theories. The GMBDW reported in July 2013 that Tariq Ramadan had authored an article in which implied that the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was orchestrated by a conspiracy involving the US and Israel together with what he alleges to be their Salafist allies. In March 2012, despite media reporting on the extremist Islam and anti-Semitic background of the so-called “Toulouse scooter killer”, the GMBDW reported that Ramadan wrote “Religion was not Mohamed Merah’s problem; nor was politics” but that the interpretation of the killings was driven by political motives.
Tariq Ramadan is best described as an independent power center within the Global Muslim Brotherhood who has sufficient stature as the son of Said Ramadan and the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood to challenge positions taken by important Brotherhood leaders. His statements and writings have been extensively analyzed and he has been accused by critics of promoting anti-Semitism and fundamentalism, albeit by subtle means. On the other hand, his supporters promote him as as example of an Islamic reformer who is in the forefront of developing a “Euro Islam.” Ramadan was banned from visiting the US until January 2010 when the ban was lifted.
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