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…
In the recent past, The Cordoba Foundation has had a couple of dubious connections. For instance, in October 2011, it was to organize an event with the London Muslim Centre, launching two bits of research into “Islamophobia”. The event had to be cancelled on short notice, however, because one of the key speakers, Robert Lambert, had been unmasked as a police spy, who had spent 5 years infiltrating a non-violent Green anarchist group, during the course of which, he had a relationship with a completely politically uninvolved woman, who he wooed by pretending to be an animal rights activist on the run.
One year earlier, Bob Lambert hat appeared on the Iranian channel Press TV where he defended the eminent preacher Yusuf Qaradawi who is usually regarded as close to the Muslim Brotherhood and who is banned from entering the UK. Robert Lambert is allegedly also working for the European Muslim Research Centre at the University of Exeter.
The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch reported on January 27 that Anas al-Tikriti, a senior member of the UK Muslim Brotherhood, was part of a meeting between President Obama and Osama Al-Nujaifi, Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives…In interviews, Tikriti has expressed support for “the right of the Iraqis to engage in legitimate resistance against foreign occupation”, even if that means killing British and American soldiers. He also supports Hamas, which he says “supports democracy” and should not be regarded as a terrorist organisation.
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.
Lobbying is an important part in the strategies of the Muslim Brotherhood and their UK based subsidies such as The Cordoba Foundation of Mr. Anas Altikriti. They do not even hide their ambitions, as you can see here:
One can even buy an “introduction to effective effective lobbying and campaigning” via the Cordoba-Foundation’s website:
where the most effective techniques for lobbying, advocacy and community outreach are edited to pdf-report with very professional appearance. What organisations like The Cordoba Foundation obviously DO hide, is, how exactly the muslim brotherhood tries to infiltrate Britains political system, as the Sunday Telegraph uncovered recently:
What we can learn is, that there is a change in the MB’s approach to lobbying: Whenever the loobying-activities of the muslim brotherhood have to be visible to the public, Mr. Altikriti’s Cordoba Foundation takes advantage of new, small and “innocent” vehicles, such as the Emirates Centre for Human Rights which interact with politicians. We are sure that there are similar small “NGOs” which appear to be following a noble cause but in fact are rather simple lobbying-tools to spread the Muslim Brotherhood’s political message. Continue Reading
Two days ago the Sunday Telegraph uncovered connections between the “Emirates Centre for Human Rights” (ECHR) and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB):
After publishing this article online hectic twitter-activities were going on. Rori Donaghy, the director of the EHCR was fast to call the article a “smear campaign” in numerous tweets and tried to prove it with this tweet showing the registration of the website echr.org.uk .
So was the Sunday Telegraph really wrong to name the wife of Anas al Tikriti, Malath Shakir, as registrant of the website? Clearly not!
This screenshot shows the website registration of echr.org.uk and there is the name of Malath Shakir. She registered the website in 2012 and updated it the last time in July 2013.
What happened then?
Mr. Donaghy (and also a very busy Dr. Davidson) obviously didn’t want everyone to see the connection to Anas al Tikriti and the muslim brotherhood. So he changed the website registration yesterday, as you can see on the screenshot below.
Registrant is now Mr. Rori Donaghy. Last update on November, 25th 2013 – yesterday.
A few minutes later Rori Donaghy made the tweet mentioned above.
So, Mr. Donaghy, please learn that the world wide web has a long memory.
We and the readers of www.brotherhhodwatch.co.uk ask you now, Mr. Donaghy: Who is really doing a “smear campaign”?
„The Cordoba Foundation“ describes its mission as follows: „The world today is replete with tensions and conflicts on religious and political issues. Whilst some may interpret such conflicts as proof of an inevitable clash between the West and the Muslim world, The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) works alongside many others to prove that such a clash is neither inevitable, nor necessary.“
The Cordoba Foundation conducts pro-Muslim lobbying activities, events, training and publications. Besides books and guides, e.g. on lobbying methods, it publishes a quarterly journal, “Arches”. So far so good, wouldn’t there be some “common patterns” that we know from the past. Let’s have a look who the leading heads of The Cordoba Foundation are: Continue Reading
The European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Exeter was launched in 2009 and describes its purpose as “to produce high quality, long-term empirical research on the experience of Muslims in European towns and cities.” Its first and – so far – last product was a January 2010 research report titled “Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: a London case study.” Particularly well-connected members of the EMRC Advisory Board are:
Muhammad Abdul Bari who is the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, a UK umbrella group dominated by the Jamaat-E-Islami and that acts in concert with the UK Muslim Brotherhood. Continue Reading