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Bans on the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia might lay the basis for the passing of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act in the US. Saudi Arabia and the Emirates have taken a firm stance against the Brotherhood since its political success in Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring. Egypt labeled the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in December and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain earlier this year recalled their ambassadors from Qatar to protest its support to groups that threaten the regional stability like the Brotherhood and other islamist outfits. However, the UAE took the additional step of designating two Muslim Brotherhood groups in the USA as terrorist organizations, the Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS).

In the text of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, CAIR is referred to as “a Brotherhood-controlled entity” and political pressure to blacklist the Brotherhood and its associated groups is constantly rising. The bill was introduced earlier this year by Michelle Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and would in fact outlaw the radical Muslim Brotherhood in the USA. In the meantime, it has attracted 19 Republican co-sponsors, the Republicans have gained the largest majority in the House since World War II, while taking control of the Senate. Thus, the act is expected to be dealt with much quicker. On the other hand, the Obama administration will probably veto the bill, because it regards the Brotherhood as a nonviolent political group.

However, if the bill passes through Congress, it would not only put the Muslim Brotherhood and its US-subsidiaries on the list of terrorist organizations but it would also crack down on anyone in the USA who provides support or funding to the Brotherhood and related groups. Furthermore, the act proposes the denial of visas to Brotherhood members while deporting foreign nationals associated with the Brotherhood from the USA. The law would also freeze Muslim Brotherhood assets and dry up financial means and recruiting for Brotherhood groups.

In a first reaction to the UAE’s ban, CAIR expressed its incomprehension and called upon the Emirates to reconsider its step.
Sources:

http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/arab-ban-on-muslim-brotherhood-death-knell-for-cair/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/uae-brands-muslim-brotherhood-terrorists/

On 3 November 2014 the article “Congressional Candidates Receive Money from Islamists”, published by the Clarion Project, an independently funded, non-profit organization aimed at exposing the dangers of Islamic extremism, revealed shocking facts. The “Islamist Money in Politics project” found out that at least two Republicans and nine Democrats were supported by Islamists in their campaign funding. Prominent Islamists have given at least $700,000 to federal candidates over the past 15 years. The data is based on campaign contributions by senior officials with five groups, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), labeled by the Justice Department as a US-Muslim Brotherhood front organisation; the Muslim American Society (MAS), known as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the USA; the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), led by the radical preacher Siraj Wahhaj; the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), labeled by the Justice Department as a US-Muslim Brotherhood entity and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a group founded by Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members. Notable donors in the database are Esam Omeish, a board member of CAIR-National and former ICNA President Mohammad Yunus.

The Republican candidate with the most Islamist financial support is Terri Lynn Land, who is running for a Senate seat in Michigan with $2,576 and the second Republican is Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, who received $250. The Democrat with the most Islamist support is Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who received $130,692. Andre Carson of Indiana has received $33,911 since 2008 and Gerry Connolly of Virginia has received $5,450 since 2008 and has even openly criticized President Obama for not supporting the Muslim Brotherhood enough. Bobbie McKenzie of Michigan has received $2,500 this year, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has gotten $1,450 since 2012, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland received $1,000 this year, Mike Honda of California has received $750 since 2012 and Mike Obermueller of Minnesota has received $600 since 2013.

The Islamists, who are covered by the report, have also contributed to presidential campaigns over the past 15 years, amounting to donations of more than $85,000. President Barack Obama was the most favored candidate for Islamists in the 2012 general election, the 2008 general election and the 2008 Democratic primary, Islamists directly donated $14,600 to Obama from 2004 to 2012. Furthermore, the Obama Victory Fund received $39,700 in 2008 and $9,250 from 2011 to 2012. However, the project revealed that also other nominees such as George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Joe Biden, Ralph Nader, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman or Hillary Clinton received financial backing by the above mentioned organizations.

The “Islamist Money in Politics project“ thus concludes that the financial support in electoral campaigns is basically a matter of influence. Although a donation of a few hundred dollars won’t buy a candidate’s loyalty, it may give an Islamist access to a candidate and thereby can open the doors to a relationship that can influence policy.

http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/congressional-candidates-receive-money-islamists

On November 11, Breitbart.com announced the publication of a report by Sharia Watch UK that highlighted a number of individuals who infiltrated British universities, schools and NGOs and are even advising British politicians on Islamic affairs and foreign policy issues. Breitbart.com has revealed some individuals who were to be mentioned in the report:

Hamza Tzortzis, an activist with the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) and a former member of the hardline Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir

Haitham al-Haddad is a “judge” at the Islamic Sharia Council in east London

Yusuf Chambers is an activist and founding member of the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA). He supports the death penalty for homosexuality and death-by-stoning for adultery.  

Azzam Tamimi is a strong supporter of Hamas who has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel.

Read more at:

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/11/11/Sharia-Watch-report

Is it surprising to anyone that the new leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood used to live in Britain? Of course not…

AFP reports: “Syria‘s Muslim Brotherhood, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s political adversaries in exile, has appointed a 70-year-old British-educated ophthalmologist as its new leader.

The Brotherhood’s council elected Mohammad Hekmat Walid for a four-year term in a vote Thursday in Istanbul, where the Syrian opposition in exile is based, a statement said.”

The full report can be found here.

Does this come to surprise of anyone? No it does not. The UK have been very soft on the Brotherhood (among various Islamic groups) in the past and this is the result of loose regulations. It will be interesting how the government’s report on the Muslim Brotherood which is due this fall (wouldn’t that be now?) will deal with the fact that many of the global activities of the global MB network either have their origin in the UK or receive substantial support from here.