The Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en Europe (CCIE), a Belgian Muslim advocacy NGO tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB), has issued a statement saying “mobilization” had to continue after a French administrative court halted expulsion proceedings against French imam Hassan Iquioussen. Iquioussen is being accused, among others, of holding anti-Semitic and discriminatory speeches. According to a Facebook post by CCIE:
August 5, 2022 The Administrative Court of Paris suspended this afternoon the expulsion of Imam Hassan Iquioussen. Gérald Darmanin, in a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, declared to appeal this decision to the Council of State. The mobilization must continue. [Translated from French original using Google.]
Read the post here.
Iquioussen is a professor at the Paris chapter of the Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines, an educational facility in rural France associated with the Council of European Muslims (CEM), one of the leading organizations representing the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in Europe. He has been close to French CEM member Musulmans de France and acted as the top MDF recruiter.
According to French media, in May 2022, the French state started deportation proceedings against Iquioussen for holding discriminatory, anti-Semitic, and violent speeches. Iquioussen was accused of inciting “a form of separatism” and feeding “conspiracy theses around Islamophobia.” A French governmental anti-radicalization committee also revealed that the imam participated in a conference with French far-right Holocaust denier Alain Soral. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who had originally issued the expulsion order against the imam, tweeted:
This preacher has for years held a hate speech against the values of France, contrary to our principles of secularism and equality between women and men. He will be expelled from French territory.
In its 5 August suspension ruling, the Paris administrative court said that Iquioussen’s expulsion would cause a “disproportionate attack” on his private life and family. It also highlighted that the imam was born in France, where he has resided along with his wife and five French children, and fifteen French grandchildren. Vowing to appeal the court’s decision, Darmanin said that he was determined to fight those who “make and disseminate comments of an anti-Semitic nature and contrary to equality between men and women.”
Several groups tied to the GMB have come out in defense of Iquiouissen, with the CCIE saying the expulsion order solely sought to humiliate the imam and that it made French Muslims question their religious freedom in France. Musulmans de France expressed confusion over the imam’s expulsion, whom it characterized as spreading “authentic Islam imprinted with love and tolerance.”
The Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en Europe is the successor to the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France (CCIF), an Islamist influence operation with multiple relationships to organizations part of the GMB in Europe that France had banned in November 2020 as part of a broad crackdown on groups accused of radicalism. The CCIE was founded in the same month. In November 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that the French interior minister had dissolved the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France. In February 2021, the GIOR reported that the CCIF had regrouped in neighboring Belgium under a new name. In August 2020, the GIOR reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood, had announced it offered office space and logistical resources to CCIF.