The Saudi interior has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a „terrorist organisation“, together with the Islamic State Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and the Jabhat al-Nusrah, an islamist militia that is currently fighting the Syrian army of Bashar al-Assad. The decision was published on Friday, March 7, and immediately welcomed by the Egyptian interim government. Egypt has outlawed the organisation in December 2013, as the BBC reports
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 new media reports, Qatar’s government has called on the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Al-Gama‘a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group) —including Assam Abdul Majid and Tarek al-Zomor, the leaders of the Gama´a, and Muhammad Mahsub, Ashraf Badr al-Deen, Mahmoud Hassain, and Hamza Zawba, of the Muslim Brotherhood —to leave Qatar and go to London. Allegedly, the decision of the Qatari authorities was motivated by mounting pressure from Egypt and Saudi Arabia to extradite the Islamist leaders as PJ Tatler reports.
Muslim Brotherhood Secretary-General Mahmoud Hussain has reportedly applied for political asylum in the UK and is currently believed to be in Qatar. The UK Home Office has replied, however, that asylum claims can only be made from within the UK.
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.
In a press statement published on December 25, 2013, Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa said the cabinet declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, making it subject to Article 86 of the Egyptian penal code. The provisions of the article define terrorism and the penalties for engaging in it. According to Eissa, the bomb attack in Mansoura the other day, which killed 16 people, hat led to the government´s decision. Continue Reading
Cairo´s Al-Azhar University, considered the oldest and most prestigious Islamic university in the world, has published a study on the fatwas (religious rulings) of the Muslim Brotherhood during the reign of President Mohammed Morsi. The Egyptian Newspaper Al-Masry al-Youm (Egypt Today) has recently summarized the study titled “The Misguided Fatwas of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis” by by Al Azhar’s Dr. Sayed Zayed. Here are some of the highlights: Continue Reading
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
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
In late September 2013, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood denied media reports that it is moving the bulk of its operations to London. The Egyptian MB has been running an office in the UK, headed by Ibrahim Mounir, a senior figure in the organisation. After the ouster of Mohammed Morsi from his office on 3 July, the Brotherhood was once again exposed to an extensive crackdown by the Egyption security forces. As a result, the MB allegedly moved ist media and publishing operations to the UK. This was denied by the organisation’s London office, however. Continue Reading