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If the Global Muslim Brotherhood Doesn’t Exist, Why Are They Holding A Meeting?

October 21st, 2020 14:00

Many years ago, when the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) Senior Edi­tor was work­ing sole­ly on the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, he coined the term “Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood” to refer to the glob­al net­work of indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions that devel­oped as Mus­lim Broth­er­hood mem­bers dis­persed to oth­er coun­tries while flee­ing the peri­od­ic crack­downs on the orga­ni­za­tion in Egypt. Over the years, var­i­ous schol­ars, pun­dits, and oth­ers have denied the exis­tence of a GMB. Most famous­ly, the Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood itself alleged:

The so called Glob­al Net­work of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood is mere­ly a Hol­ly­wood fic­tion that only exists in the minds of those who cre­at­ed it as part of their scare tac­tics to insight fears among the pub­lic and insti­gate gov­ern­ment hostilities.

It turns out that the fic­tion­al Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, using the label of “Mus­lim Coun­cils in the West,” is hold­ing a vir­tu­al meet­ing this week and spon­sored by the US Coun­cil of Mus­lim Orga­ni­za­tions (USCMO). Accord­ing to the USCMO announce­ment:

A lead­er­ship con­fer­ence for Mus­lim lead­ers in the west

Join nation­al lead­ers in this unique con­fer­ence to dis­cuss impor­tant issues of com­mon inter­est to those who live in the West. This con­fer­ence fol­lows USCMO’s first con­fer­ence which was held in Wash­ing­ton, DC, in 2016. By the grace of Allah and the valu­able par­tic­i­pa­tion of our guests, the 1st con­fer­ence was a great suc­cess. One of the major out­comes was the “Wash­ing­ton Dec­la­ra­tion” to form an assem­bly body for west­ern Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tions. The ad-hoc com­mit­tee that was formed dur­ing the con­fer­ence will present its report at this con­fer­ence insha’Allah. Like the 1st con­fer­ence in 2016, we are invit­ing the Mus­lim Coun­cils and their mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions from North Amer­i­ca, Latin Amer­i­ca, Europe (UK, France, Ger­many, Spain, Italy, Bel­gium, Den­mark, Nor­way, Swe­den, …), Aus­tralia, New Zealand, and South Africa. We look for­ward to hav­ing you join us this year!

Accord­ing to a Face­book post, the meet­ing is being coor­di­nat­ed with the Coun­cil of Euro­pean Mus­lims (CEM), for­mer­ly known as the Fed­er­a­tion of Islam­ic Orga­ni­za­tions in Europe (FIOE), and rep­re­sent­ing the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Europe. Planned top­ics for the meet­ing include:

  • The state of nation­al coun­cils and their communities.
  • Wash­ing­ton Dec­la­ra­tion Ad-Hoc Com­mit­tee Report,
  • Islam­o­pho­bia, White Suprema­cy, and the Far Right.
  • A spe­cial case study on Christchurch Massacre.
  • The impact of Covid-19 on the Mus­lim communities.
  • The Mus­lim relief response dur­ing the pandemic.

The meet­ing announce­ment goes on to iden­ti­fy 21 “invit­ed coun­cils,” all of which are known to be tied to the Glob­al Mus­lim Brotherhood:

Many of the above orga­ni­za­tions are known to be mem­bers of the CEM. Appro­pri­ate­ly, the con­fer­ence announce­ment iden­ti­fies the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood char­i­ty known as Islam­ic Relief USA as the sole con­fer­ence spon­sor. Based on pho­tos here and here of the con­fer­ence, the fol­low­ing indi­vid­u­als could be identified:

(* affil­i­a­tions marked as “like­ly” indi­cate that only names were list­ed on the photos)

In Feb­ru­ary 2016, the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Dai­ly Watch (GMBDW) report­ed that the USCMO had held the 1st Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence of Mus­lim Coun­cils in the West Feb­ru­ary 1–3 in Arling­ton, Va. The USCMO announce­ment described that con­fer­ence as “a major ini­tia­tive for Mus­lims in West­ern nations” An event PR site added that that the con­fer­ence was expect­ed to fea­ture a White House brief­ing and a vis­it to the US Con­gress as well as a ban­quet to which var­i­ous gov­ern­ment offi­cials around the world were to be invit­ed. It is not known if these events, in fact, took place. Illus­trat­ing the ties to the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, a video for the con­fer­ence fea­tured twelve indi­vid­u­als, includ­ing Ous­sama Jam­mal, the USCMO Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al, and Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) leader Nihad Awad. Most sig­nif­i­cant­ly, the indi­vid­ual to the far-right is Anas Altikri­ti, the most impor­tant leader of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in the UK. The Twit­ter feed of Moham­mad Kozbar, the head of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood-con­trolled Fins­bury Mosque in Lon­don, Indi­cat­ed that he attend­ed the con­fer­ence along with Altikri­ti. The Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety, part of the USCMO, as indi­cat­ed below, announced the cre­ation of a steer­ing com­mit­tee for the Coor­di­nat­ing Body of Mus­lim Coun­cils in the West.

The GMBDW report­ed in March 2014 on the for­ma­tion of the USCMO, com­prised of eight US Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tions, most of which are part of the US Mus­lim Brotherhood:

  •  Mus­lim Ummah of North Amer­i­ca (MUNA)
  • The Mosque Cares (Min­istry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed)
GMBDW report­ing on the USCMO has included:
  • In July 2020, a GMBDW report about a vir­tu­al con­fer­ence attend­ed by Demo­c­ra­t­ic Pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Joe Biden and two US MB lead­ers also men­tioned USCMO mem­ber Emgage USA, a Mus­lim polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee linked to Biden’s senior advi­sor on Mus­lim Amer­i­can engage­ment, Farooq Mitha.
  • In July 2020, the GMBDW report­ed that the USCMO had orga­nized a US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood con­fer­ence host­ed by UCSMO Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al Ous­sama Jamal that praised Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Erdoğan.
  • In Octo­ber 2019, the GMBDW report­ed about a “Faith-Based Safe­ty and Secu­ri­ty Sym­po­sium” held at the White House that fea­tured Trump Admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials and USCMO rep­re­sen­ta­tives as well as oth­er US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood leaders.
  • In August 2017, the GMBDW report­ed that lead­ing USCMO rep­re­sen­ta­tives had par­tic­i­pat­ed in a meet­ing at the US State Depart­ment dis­cussing the Al-Aqsa Mosque cri­sis that also fea­tured a direc­tor of Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP), itself a group with strong ties to both the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and Hamas sup­port infrastructure.
  • In April 2016, the GMBDW report­ed that the USCMO com­plained that the then Repub­li­can Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz had refused to meet with a Texas del­e­ga­tion of Mus­lims spon­sored by the organization.
  • In Decem­ber 2014, the GMBDW was the first to report that the USCMO had announced plans to hold what was described as the first-of-its-kind ‘Nation­al Mus­lim Advo­ca­cy Day’ on Capi­tol Hill in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., which was aimed at con­nect­ing nation­al and state Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tions with mem­bers of the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Senate.