Israeli media is reporting that a U.S. Senator last month reintroduced an act to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. According to the Jerusalem Post:
December 3, 2020 Senator Ted Cruz (R‑TX) reintroduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act this week, his office announced on Wednesday. The act urges the US State Department to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
“I am proud to reintroduce this bill and to advance America’s fight against radical Islamic terrorism,” said Cruz. “I commend the current administration’s work calling terrorism by its name and combating the spread of this potent threat, and I look forward to receiving the additional information this new bill requests from the Department of State.
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Cruz, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, first introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act in 2015 and reintroduced it again in 2017. The Trump Administration worked to designate the Brotherhood an FTO in 2019 but the Pentagon, career national security staff, government lawyers, and diplomatic officials have opposed the move, voicing legal and policy objections. The full text of the legislation does not clarify whether or if the Global Muslim Brotherhood would somehow be encompassed or whether it would apply solely to the Egyptian organization.
The Global Muslim Brotherhood is a transnational influence operation covered by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR).
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