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CORRECTION: European Muslim Brotherhood Groups Defend European Muslim Brotherhood Youth Group; Accuse France Of “Witch Hunt”

December 14th, 2021 15:45

In our post from 13 Decem­ber 2021, we wrong­ly named Michaël Priv­ot as the cur­rent Direc­tor of the Euro­pean Net­work Against Racism (ENAR). In August 2021, Priv­ot was replaced by Juliana San­tos Wahlgren, a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Expert Group on Migra­tion, Inte­gra­tion, Asy­lum, and who since 2006 had been serv­ing as ENAR Senior Advo­ca­cy Offi­cer. Wahlgren pre­vi­ous­ly worked as a legal coun­selor for an ENAR mem­ber orga­ni­za­tion in Lux­em­bourg and as a lawyer for a Brazil­ian oil and gas com­pa­ny. Accord­ing to bio:

She is an expert on the var­i­ous […] legal frame­works and poli­cies of struc­tur­al and insti­tu­tion­al dis­crim­i­na­tion based on ori­gin, gen­der, migra­tion sta­tus, LGBTI, and oth­er minori­ties. [Trans­lat­ed using Google.]

Oth­er recent lead­er­ship changes include the pro­mo­tion of for­mer ENAR Press Offi­cer Mah­moud Abu­Rah­ma to Deputy Direc­tor. Before join­ing ENAR in ear­ly 2020, Abu­Rah­ma served as Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions at the Al Mezan Cen­tre for Human Rights (AMCHR), a Pales­tin­ian human rights NGO. From 2017 to 2020, AMCHR received more than 449,000 euros from the Euro­pean Union for “Strength­en­ing mon­i­tor­ing, pro­tec­tion, and Reha­bil­i­ta­tion of Civil­ians” at risk of human rights vio­la­tions in Gaza. Since 2020, the orga­ni­za­tion has been part of an $8.1 mil­lion “Human Rights Fund Pro­gramme” for Pales­tine fund­ed by Swe­den via the NGO Devel­op­ment Center.

An Israeli NGO has accused Al-Mezan of con­duct­ing anti-Israeli “law­fare” cam­paigns and hav­ing offi­cials and employ­ees that includ­ed mem­bers of the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine (PFLP) and Hamas, both EU and US-des­ig­nat­ed ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions. How­ev­er, a Dutch min­is­te­r­i­al report refut­ed these and oth­er such allegations.

Priv­ot, who in 2008 open­ly acknowl­edged that he had been a mem­ber of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood,  has served in lead­ing posi­tions in sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions tied to the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (GMB), includ­ing as a board mem­ber of the Forum of Euro­pean Mus­lim Youth and Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tions, the youth/student arm of the GMB in Europe.