On 27 April 2022, SG-CIPDR, a French governmental anti-radicalization committee, posted a Twitter thread calling out the Islamist leadership and activities of CAGE, a British NGO with Global Muslim Brotherhood ties. According to one tweet by the SG-CIPDR:
Far from the empowerment and the objective of justice that it claims, CAGE brings together a real Islamist ecosystem. Founded in 2003, the structure is led by a former jihadist from the Afghan camps, Moazzam Begg. [Google translated from French.]
Read the thread here.
The SG-CIPDR also said CAGE had published remarks attacking French school teacher Samuel Paty and defended the actions that led to his death. In October 2020, Paty was beheaded by an immigrant teenager said to be enraged over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad shown in his class on free speech. After the attack, France ordered a crackdown on groups accused of radicalism, carrying out dozens of raids and temporarily shutting down mosques.
CAGE was founded in 2003 by British-Pakistani activist Moazzam Begg as an advocacy body and platform for Muslims affected by the US War on Terror. It has a history of campaigning against global anti-terrorism efforts and measures against Islamist radicalization, claiming these measures unfairly targeted Muslim communities and undermined the rule of law. CAGE leaders are known to have ties to the British Global Muslim Brotherhood network. According to British media, during a 2006 protest, CAGE Research Director Asim Qureshi advocated supporting violent Jihad overseas in conflict zones involving Muslims, saying:
When we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel, we know where the solution is and where the victory lies. We know that it is incumbent upon all of us, to support the jihad of our brothers and sisters in these countries when they are facing the oppression of the West.
In 2015, he gained notoriety for describing the IS executioner Mohammed Emwazi as a “beautiful young man.” A September 2021 virtual panel discussion hosted by CAGE Outreach Director Moazzam Begg featured Mullah Abdus-Salam Zaeef, the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan.
In April 2022, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported CAGE had published a report alleging systematic state-sponsored persecution of Muslims in France, demanding the French government reverse its dissolution of Islamist organizations and remove the executive power to dissolve such organizations altogether.