February 8, 2015 The Government is preparing a major clampdown on organisations linked to the terror group Hamas after the long-awaited publication of its review into the Muslim Brotherhood.
The review, by the former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, has been delayed for months amid disputes about how strongly it should say the Brotherhood is linked to terrorism.
It is expected to say that the Brotherhood, a multifaceted organisation, is not itself a terrorist group and should not be banned, a verdict most analysts agree with.
However, the report will dismiss claims by the Brotherhood that there is ‘no evidence’ of links between it and terrorism. ‘There are clear links and Jenkins will trigger further action against some Brotherhood and Hamas-linked groups,’ said one official source. Many of the groups have already been squeezed by removing their bank accounts.
Only a summary of the Jenkins report will be published. However, a separate investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found a number of clear overlaps between the Brotherhood’s UK operations and those of organisations linked to Hamas, which is banned as a terrorist organisation throughout the Western world. In particular, it is striking how often they appear to share premises.
One person involved in counter-extremism said: ‘When you start forensically going through the names and locations, there’s no way the Brotherhood can keep up the denials.’ The Sunday Telegraph has established that the main hubs for the Brotherhood’s operations in Europe are Westgate House, a serviced office block at the Hangar Lane roundabout in Ealing, west London, and Crown House, about half a mile north of it on the North Circular Road.
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The GMBDW has long been documenting the ties between the UK Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and all of the organizations identified in the above report have been featured by the GMBDW for many years.
For our coverage of the UK investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood, go here.