June 2, 2015 Brookings Institute launched its 12th annual US-Islamic World Forum yesterday, streaming live from Doha, Qatar. Unlikely last year, where Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch reported that attendance of individuals linked to the Muslim Brotherhood was reportedly down from previous years, this year featured numerous participants with direct and explicit Brotherhood connections as well as many other individuals tied to American Brotherhood front groups.
Those with open ties to Muslim Brotherhood entities included:
- Ahmad Akayleh, whose bio describes his membership in the Islamic Action Front of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood
- Falah Al Ajmi, of Kuwait’s Islamic Constitutional Movement, tied to the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood.
- Mohammed Amakraz of Morocco’s Justice and Development Party, which the Muslim Brotherhood describes as the ‘Brotherhood offshoot’ there.
- Zied Boumakhla, of Tunisia’s Ennahada Party, an Islamist party led by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi. Boumakhla is also a member of the executive office of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO), a global federation of Muslim Brotherhood linked student groups.
- Saida Ounissi who is also of Tunisia’s Ennahada party.
- Amr Darrag, described openly as the head of the Political Office of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a Freedom and Justice Party minister during the rule Mohammed Morsi.
- Mustafa Elnemr, youth committee member for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.
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As noted in the above report, the large number of participants represented at this year’s event who are tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood appears to be a startling reversal from last year when we described the 2104 Forum as follows:
Based on various sources, the GMBDW judges this year’s US-Islamic World Forum to be a sign of the complete collapse of US policy toward the Global Muslim Brotherhood. For the first time since we began reporting on the event in 2008, the Forum program shows no identifiable leaders of the Global Muslim Brotherhood from outside the US present at the event, continuing the trend from last year when we reported that only Jasser Auda, a close associate of Youssef Qaradawi, was invited.
The US-Islamic World Forum is described on its website as follows:
The U.S.-Islamic World Forum is designed to bring together leaders in the realms of politics, business, media, academia, and civil society from across the Islamic world (including Muslim communities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East) and the United States.
The annual event is jointly sponsored by the Government of Qatar and the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.