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Sometimes we have to leave it up to history to show how lazy the majority of politicians appear to be when it comes to hold up our western values against intolerant and extremist voices. Already back in the year 2003 an MP urged the fellow colleagues to take a closer look on several activists with close ties to extremists or even terrorist organisations like Hamas. On December 18, 2003, a member of parliament, Louise Ellman, raised the issue of connections between the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and the Muslim Brotherhood. She said: “It is time that the spotlight fell on the Muslim Association of Britain, particularly the key figures, such as Azzam Tamimi, Kamal el Helbawy, Anas Al-Tikriti and Mohammed Sawalha. All of them are connected to the terrorist organisation Hamas. The Muslim Association of Britain itself is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist fundamentalist organisation founded in Egypt in 1928, and the spiritual ideologue of all Islamic terror organisations. It is militantly anti-Semitic and always has been…”

“…Azzam Tamimi often appears in the media, representing the Muslim Association of Britain. He is an adviser to Hamas in the Middle East. In 1991, when he lived in Jordan, he was the official spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Action Front. He worked for the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood between 1989 and 1992. When he came to London, he continued his activities. He openly supports Palestinian suicide bombers.”

Ms. Ellman’s comments were reported the following day in The Guardian newspaper. Azzam Tamimi claimed: “I challenge her to say these things outside parliament and I will take her to court.” Ms. Ellman repeated her assertions outside of parliament, and no legal action was taken against her .

Since this time not much has happened. The same people are still around and spread their message, sometimes – of course – they took advantage of new platforms or new institutions. This does not make a substantial difference, we guess…

According to a report by the Egyptian newspaper Al-Watan, conveyed by the Jerusalem Post, the Egyptian Cabinet considers declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization”. Continue Reading

Yet another superb example of how activists in the name of human rights are in reality using NGOs and charities to cover shady or even illegal transactions. As the Financial Times has revealed, a senior member of a Qatar based Human Rights group – Alkarama Foundation – working also from Geneva, is suspected to have financed al-Qaeda operations. Two persons, “Abd al-Rahman al-Nuaymi, president of Alkarama which has worked closely with international advocacy groups, and Abd al-Wahhab al-Humayqani, a Yemeni rights activist, were made subject to sanctions on Wednesday by the US Treasury for allegedly supporting al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen”, FT writes. (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4f6bd02a-68f2-11e3-bb3e-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2oInLwKSo)

It is worth a note that Alkarama and the Emirates Centre for Human Rights (see post), which is supported by UK-based Muslim Brotherhood-activist Anas Al-Tikriti, have closely cooperated on multiple occasions in the past.

It appears to be a role model frequently used by Islamists to take advantage of western charitable structures in order to pursuit their own agenda under the seal of acting in favour of humanity.