On 7 October 2021, a coalition of Global Muslim Brotherhood groups released a research report on US counterterrorism efforts that urges Muslim communities in the US not to cooperate with the FBI and law enforcement. According to the press release:
Today, a group of seven civil society and research organizations are releasing a report to mark 20 years of the Global War on Terror. In The Terror Trap: The Impact of the War on Terror on Muslim Communities […]. The report examines the various dimensions of the so-called War on Terror, and its devastating impact on communities and nations worldwide.
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The 192-page document, titled “The Terror Trap,” features contributions from 30 mostly left and far-left international scholars, journalists, and activists providing a critical assessment of the US-led Global War on Terror. Although much of the report’s emphasis is on the response after the 9/11 attacks, the report says it seeks to situate the global response in a “longer trajectory of the US targeting minorities through practices of ethnic profiling, surveillance, detention, and torture.” The report’s release will be accompanied by a live-streamed, two-day conference on 18 and 19 October 2021, featuring six roundtable discussions. On 20 October 2021, the report’s leading sponsor Coalition for Civil Freedoms, along with representatives of its partner organizations, plans to hold a virtual congressional briefing on the impact of the War on Terror on American Muslims.
The report contains recommendations to governments, media professionals, civic organizations, and Muslim communities around the world. They include creating a private national security and/or terrorism case database tracking “principal actors responsible for the perpetuation of racist and repressive global War on terror policies. “The authors also recommend that Muslims should not open the doors of their mosques and community centers to the FBI and law enforcement “until entrapment and targeting of communities ends, “and that they should not “partner with Zionist organizations. “They also suggest that law enforcement employees, contractors, or consultants be disqualified from serving on the board of a mosque or Muslim community center, as their oath of loyalty inherently posed an issue.
The paper was co-sponsored by a group of international Muslim advocacy and research initiatives, including the following tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB):
- CAGE, a UK Islamic advocacy group, tied to the British Muslim Brotherhood and, according to the UK government, whose senior leaders have advocated supporting violent jihad overseas.
- Georgetown University’s The Bridge Initiative (TBI), a multi-year research project whose staff includes multiple individuals tied to US Muslim Brotherhood groups.
- Center for Islam and Global Affairs at Istanbul’s Sabahattin Zaim University, whose head Sami Al-Arian in 2006 pleaded guilty to conspiring to make or receive contributions of funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
- Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ), an important part of the US MB.
- Coalition for Civil Freedoms, a group of US Muslim human rights NGOs whose members include the ICNA-CSJ and where CIGA leader Sami Al-Arian’s daughter Leena Al-Arian serves as Associate Director.
The report was co-edited by Sami and Leena Al-Arian as well as by CAGE Research Director Asim Qureshi. Its contributors include multiple authors, researchers, and lecturers tied to the GMB, the most notable of which are:
- Farid Hafez, a senior researcher at TBI and a key suspect in November 2020 raids by Austrian police targeting a large number of Islamic organizations and individuals suspected of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
- John L. Esposito, a founding director of Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU) Esposito, who has also acted as a former US State Department advisor, has at least a dozen past and/or present affiliations with GMB and Hamas organizations and is known to have espoused views consistent with Brotherhood doctrine.