The Washington Examiner has cited the GMBDW in an article about the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) being included on the recent UAE list of terrorism organizations. The article begins:
Two U.S. Muslim organizations were shocked this week to find themselves on a massive terror blacklist put out by the government of the United Arab Emirates, but researchers who have documented their links with the Muslim Brotherhood weren’t surprised.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society — like many other banned groups around the world — both insisted they did not belong on the Emirati blacklist.
‘We are seeking clarification from the government of the United Arab Emirates about this shocking and bizarre report. There is absolutely no factual basis for the inclusion CAIR and other American and European civil rights and advocacy groups on this list,’ CAIR said.”
“Like the rest of the mainstream institutions representing the American Muslim community, CAIR’s advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists.”
Both CAIR and the Muslim American Society said they would ask the U.S. government to intervene on their behalf. Neither are on the U.S. list of banned terrorist organizations, nor is the Muslim Brotherhood.
The article went on to cite the GMBDW editor in connection with the ties between CAIR and the MAS and the Muslim Brotherhood:
Steven G. Merley, editor of the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch website, which monitor’s the group’s activities, said the Muslim American Society is the U.S. branch of the Brotherhood’s global organization, and CAIR grew out of the Islamic Association for Palestine, a U.S.-based support group for Hamas, the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is more than just the Egyptian organization,” he noted.
Merley detailed both groups’ ties to the Brotherhood in a 2009 paper for the Hudson Institute that relied partly on evidence presented at the trials of leaders of the Holy Land Foundation, an Islamic charity, who were convicted in 2008 of operating a group as a front to finance Hamas terrorism. CAIR was not charged in the case.
Though CAIR advocates for U.S. Muslims and does legitimate civil-rights work, “they’ve done their best to oppose just about every anti-terror initiative the U.S. has ever created,” he said.
Read the entire article here.
We would like to note that we actually described the MAS as the organization closest to the Egyptian Brotherhood as opposed to being the US “branch” of the Global Muslim Brotherhood. We do not believe in the notion that are official branches of the global Brotherhood.
For the Hudson, paper go here.
For more on CAIR, go here.