A prominent organization of Global Muslim Brotherhood scholars has denounced Turkey for receiving Israeli President Isaac Herzog while calling Turkey a sanctuary for the organization. According to a statement by the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS):
March 10, 2022: We, the International Union of Muslim Scholars, were surprised by the official visit of the head of state of the occupying Zionist entity to our sanctuary and our first destination, the Turkish Republic, and by the official reception given to him by the Turkish presidency. And the union — by virtue of its being representing Muslim scholars and standing with the issues of its nation, foremost of which is the issue of Palestine, and that it stands with truth wherever it is, and against normalization with the occupiers of our sanctuary. We consider this visit a rejected and condemned step of normalization; because it serves the usurping Zionist enemy, harms the struggles of the Palestinian people and their rights, and is not worthy of the magnanimity of the great Turkish people and their Islamic and humanitarian obligations, especially their honorable positions in support of the Palestinian cause and opposition to the Zionist occupation and its continuing crimes in Palestine and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. [Translated by Google with edits]
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The use of the term “sanctuary” by the IUMS is interesting. The IUMS was originally registered in Ireland, and its contact information currently lists its HQ phone number in Qatar, where Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) leader Youssef Qaradawi, the IUMS former leader, is based. The IUMS website also lists office phone numbers in Tunisia and Turkey. A 2011 report authored by the GIOR editor concluded that in 2006, Turkey became a new center for the GMB. That report also detailed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ideological ties to the GMB, dating back to Erdoğan’s affiliation in the 1970s with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth. Since then, Turkey has become a haven for Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members fleeing a crackdown in Egypt.
Founded in 2004, the International Union of Muslim Scholars is an international body of Muslim theologians whose leadership is closely tied to the GMB and, until recently, was led by GMB spiritual guide Youssef Qaradawi. Several prominent European Muslim faith leaders tied to the GMB were IUMS members and/or have served as IUMS Trustees, including former Oxford University Islamic Studies professor Tariq Ramadan and Ahmed Jaballah, a senior leader in the French and Global Muslim Brotherhood.