A new short documentary film by Swiss human rights advocate Saïda Keller-Messahli highlights Qatar’s role in financing Muslim Brotherhood educational institutions throughout Europe. According to an article in Swiss media:
The film should be didactic, says Keller-Messahli. “Because although the topic of the Muslim Brotherhood is a long-running issue, many people hardly know what it is all about.” Part of the film therefore explains the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt around 100 years ago – the oldest and most influential Islamist movement in the world. For the second part of the film, Keller-Messahli traveled to Belgium and France and spoke to people who, like herself, question political Islam. “I would like to initiate a debate about which Islam we want here in Europe,” says Keller-Messahli, who was brought from Tunisia to Switzerland at the age of seven by the human rights organization “Terres des Hommes”.
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In early November 2021, the documentary, which also features in-depth interviews with journalists and a Belgian undercover police officer, was shown at this year’s edition of the annual Carthage Film Festival in Tunis, sponsored by the Tunisian Ministry of Culture.
The French-language film, titled “Which Islam fits Europe?,” traces the activities of early European Muslim Brotherhood leaders, examining their efforts of institutionalizing religious education in line with Muslim Brotherhood ideology. The film also focuses on Qatari funding of European mosques and private religious colleges, including the Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines (IESH), an educational facility in rural France associated with the Council of European Muslims, one of the leading organizations representing the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in Europe. In September, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency published a report naming the German IESH chapter as among the most important institutions of the GMB in that country.
Islamists, notably the GMB, are organized in extensive transnational networks that attempt to gain legitimacy as the sole voice of Muslim communities in their respective countries. They also try to exert control and influence over their respective Muslim populations in service of an Islamist agenda. The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has extensively covered the activities of the GMB, and many of its front organizations can be found in the GIOR Wiki.