On 29 April 2021, a coalition of European Palestine advocacy organizations hosted a virtual Jerusalem support conference calling on western decision-makers to take action against perceived injustices against the people of Jerusalem. According to the conference’s final statement:
At the end of its events, Thursday 29–4‑2021, the European Conference of Support for Jerusalem demanded the western society, its institutions, its bodies, governments and European decision makers […] to move rapidly to lift the injustice against the people of Jerusalem […]. [Translated from Arabic using Google.]
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Amongst other things, participants in the live-streamed event discussed ways to confront the city’s alleged “Judaization” policy and applauded a recent Human Rights Watch report that accused the Israeli government of apartheid and crimes against humanity.
The conference was co-organized by the Palestinians in Europe Conference, a group sponsored by the UK-based Palestinian Return Centre, a Palestine advocacy group with ties to both Hamas and the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Another co-organizer was Europeans for Al-Quds (aka Europeans for Jerusalem Foundation) that has described itself as an umbrella organization for dozens of pro-Palestinian organizations throughout the EU. Europeans for Al-Quds was identified by the Global MuslimBrotherhood Daily Watch as also tied to Hamas. The conference also brought together several pro-Hamas activists and European GMB leaders, including:
- Amin Abou Rashed, head of the Palestinians in Europe Conference and former leader of the now-defunct Al-Aqsa Foundation, the Dutch member of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of charities that in 2000 was designated by the United States as a financing entity for Hamas.
- Mohammed Hanoun, President of Europeans for Al-Quds and head of the Associazione Benefica di Solidarietà con il Popolo Palestinese, the Italian UOG member.
- Samir Falah, Chairman of the Council of European Muslims and former head of the Deutsche Muslimische Gemeinschaft, representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany.
- Taha Soliman Amer, leading member of several German Muslim Brotherhood organizations, including Germany’s Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines offshoot and the Council Of Imams And Scholars in Germany
In May 2021, the GIOR 2021 reported that the UK Labour Muslim Network, an organization that seeks to promote British Muslim engagement with the Labour Party, had hosted a virtual Ramadan meeting that brought together party leaders and prominent British pro-Hamas/GMB activists. Prior GIOR reporting about the European and international Hamas support network has included:
- A December 2020 report about a virtual Palestinian advocacy conference that featured Hamas support groups and three US Congresswomen.
- A January 2021 report that the European Hamas support network had established a new front group.
- An April 2021 report that a Danish MP for the left-wing Red-Green Alliance had participated in a virtual conference hosted by the same Hamas support group.
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