Islamist media is reporting on the reaction by UK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Altikriti to organizations with which he is linked being included on a list published by the UAE that designates as terrorists a large group of organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. According to an Onislam.net report, Altikriti said the UAE move “belies any kind of rationality or logic”:
The fact that it piles together terrorist groups like Boko Haram and ISIL with think tanks and research centers who aren’t involved in political work and who espouse democratic principles belies any kind of rationality or logic,’ Anas al-Tikriti, the former president of the Muslim Association of Britain, told the Middle East Eye Saturday, November 15.
‘Some of these organizations represent tens of thousands of people.
‘Does the UAE mean to suggest there are tens of thousands of terrorists throughout the world from America, to Europe, to Africa?’ Al-Tikriti was voicing anger of several Muslims who were shocked after the release of the Emirati terror list that included the names of 83 organizations.”
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Anas Al-Tikriti is the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in that country. In addition to his role at Cordoba, Al-Tikriti is one of the leaders of the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) had for many years been the most active organization in the U.K Muslim Brotherhood but many of the leaders of the MAB left in 2007 to form the BMI. According to an Israeli think-tank report, the breakup appeared to be the result of a conflict between traditionalists in the MAB who were unhappy with the high level of involvement in U.K left-wing politics while those who formed the BMI wished such activity to continue. Altikriti also heads the Cordoba Foundation, a think-tank pruporting to be independent but which in fact engages in lobbying efforts on behalf of the UK Muslim Brotherhood.
Both the MAB and the Cordoba Foundation were included on the UAE list while the BMI was not, an unexplained omission.