Manal Omar


Official with the US Institute of Peace. Ms. Omar’s early background is suggestive of ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood:

  • In 1999, the Baltimore Sun reported that Ms. Omar was a graduate of the Islamic Saudi Academy. Our predecessor publication discussed reports that the Saudi-funded school was using textbooks that were anti-Semitic, intolerant of various Muslim groups, and which advocated violence against those who convert from Islam. This discussion also included the history of problems at the schools as well as its possible further ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

  • The Washington Post reported in 1999 that  Ms. Omar, then 24, was the director of development at the Washington-based American Muslim Council (AMC). The AMC at that time was headed by Abdurahman Alamoudi, a leader in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and currently imprisoned as part of a plot to assassinate the Saudi head of state, Crown Prince Abdullah. Other important leaders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal Barzinji were also part of the AMC.

  • Aly Ramadan Abuzaakouk, then the AMC Executive director, wrote an article about a October 2000 “Jerusalem Day” anti-Israel rally organized by all of the major U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organization where Ms. Omar “read the list of names of the Palestinian Martyrs.” (see note below)

  • In 2002, Ms. Omar appeared together with numerous U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders as well as Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Ramadan at the 2002 annual conference of the Muslim Student Association. Her presentation was part of a seminar on “Organizational Dawah” that also included U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi.

(Note: The American Muslim Online Vol. 2, no. 1, January, 2001)