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European Muslim Brotherhood Youth Group Participates In Interfaith Climate Dialogue With European Commission Vice-President

November 30th, 2021 14:41

On 25 Novem­ber 2021, the Forum of Euro­pean Mus­lim Youth and Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tions (FEMYSO) par­tic­i­pat­ed in a vir­tu­al con­fer­ence with the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Exec­u­tive Vice-Pres­i­dent to dis­cuss pro­pos­als for the Euro­pean Green Deal. Accord­ing to a Face­book post announc­ing the event:

Exec­u­tive Vice-Pres­i­dent Frans Tim­mer­mans from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion meets with young peo­ple with dif­fer­ent reli­gious back­grounds to dis­cuss with them their pro­pos­als and ideas for the Euro­pean Green Deal, which shall ensure a just and fast tran­si­tion to a cli­mate-friend­ly and sus­tain­able continent.

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Ital­ian media quot­ed Tim­mer­mans as say­ing the con­fer­ence posed an oppor­tu­ni­ty to present pro­pos­als of young peo­ple on how to face eco­log­i­cal and social chal­lenges. The Euro­pean Green Deal is the EU’s main new growth strat­e­gy to tran­si­tion the EU econ­o­my to a sus­tain­able eco­nom­ic model.

In a Twit­ter post, FEMYSO urged oth­er ini­tia­tives to join them in the event, co-host­ed by the Com­mis­sion of the Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ences of the Euro­pean Union (Comece) and which brought togeth­er over 100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Euro­pean faith-based youth asso­ci­a­tions. Rober­ta Met­so­la, Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, addressed the par­tic­i­pants with a video message.

The inter­faith cli­mate con­fer­ence also fea­tured a speech by British imam and Mus­lim activist Ajmal Mas­roor. In 2005, Mas­roor resigned from his can­di­da­cy for the Lib­er­al Democ­rats par­ty in West Ham after it emerged he had used the web­site of a rad­i­cal Mus­lim group accused of anti-Semi­tism to pro­mote his cam­paign. In 2021, Mas­roor also ran in the elec­tion for Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al of the Mus­lim Coun­cil of Britain (MCB), among Britain’s most influ­en­tial Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tions that his­tor­i­cal­ly jas act­ed in con­cert with the Glob­al Mus­lim Brotherhood.

FEMYSO is the youth/student arm of the Coun­cil of Euro­pean Mus­lims, for­mer­ly known as the Fed­er­a­tion of Islam­ic Orga­ni­za­tions in Europe, known to rep­re­sent the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Europe. One of the impor­tant lead­ers of FEMYSO over the years has been Ger­man Mus­lim Broth­er­hood leader Ibrahim El-Zay­at, and in recent times, its lead­er­ship has also been drawn from the fam­i­ly of impor­tant GMB lead­ers. Almost all of the FEMYSO mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions are also tied to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Europe. Over the years, FEMYSO has devel­oped rela­tion­ships with the Coun­cil of Europe, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, and many oth­er sig­nif­i­cant orga­ni­za­tions at the Euro­pean and inter­na­tion­al levels.