IslamismOctober 25 2022, 15:12 pm

President of European Muslim Brotherhood Youth Group Thanks MEP For Voting Against 2023 EU Budget Amendments

On 19 Octo­ber 2022, Forum of Euro­pean Mus­lim Youth and Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tions (FEMYSO) Pres­i­dent Hande Tan­er shared a tweet thank­ing pro­gres­sive Dutch MEP Sami­ra Rafaela for vot­ing against a set of amend­ments to the 2023 EU draft bud­get over what she saw as anti-Mus­lim bias. Accord­ing to Tan­er’s tweet:

Thank you @samiraraf for vot­ing against. I demand account­abil­i­ty, expla­na­tions, and actions to reverse these arti­cles from @vonderleyen @VeraJourova @helenadalli.

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In her tweet, Tan­er also called the pro­vi­sions “a bla­tant vio­la­tion of our pre­cious val­ues of equal­i­ty, human dig­ni­ty, free­dom of reli­gion, free­dom of expression.”

Sami­ra Rafaela, an MEP for the pro­gres­sive Democ­ra­t­en 66 par­ty, said she had vot­ed against the amend­ments dur­ing a 19 Octo­ber 2022 vote at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, announc­ing:

Despite the fact that there were very good points in it, I can­not sup­port a report that dis­crim­i­nates against Mus­lims. It now con­tains two amend­ments that are dis­crim­i­na­to­ry against our Mus­lims. [Trans­lat­ed from Dutch orig­i­nal using Google.]

In par­tic­u­lar, Rafaela object­ed to an amend­ment brought for­ward by a group of con­ser­v­a­tive MEPs seek­ing to ban future EU cam­paigns pro­mot­ing the Islam­ic head­scarf, which she said con­sti­tut­ed dis­crim­i­na­tion against Mus­lims. Anoth­er pro­posed bud­get amend­ment crit­i­cized by Rafaela demands that the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion express con­cern about past fund­ing of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood orga­ni­za­tions and guar­an­tee that future Union funds only finance orga­ni­za­tions that strict­ly respect all Euro­pean values.

The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) has cov­ered FEMYSO’s efforts to influ­ence Mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. The group is also heav­i­ly fea­tured in an August 2022 GIOR report titled “Europe and the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Part 2: Lob­by­ing & Polit­i­cal Impacts,” which ana­lyzes Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood lob­by­ing at the exec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive bod­ies of the Euro­pean Union.


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