TurkeyJanuary 11 2023, 14:45 pm

TASC Attends US Muslim Brotherhood Group Fundraiser

Last Octo­ber, a Turk­ish-Amer­i­can influ­ence group report­ed that a del­e­ga­tion attend­ed the fundrais­ing ban­quet of a US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood group. Accord­ing to a  tweet from the Turk­ish-Amer­i­can Nation­al Steer­ing Committee:

Octo­ber 24, 2022: TASC Board Mem­bers and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives attend­ed the annu­al MAS New York fundrais­ing. TASC will con­tin­ue to strength­en the rela­tions between the Turk­ish Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty and the Mus­lim Amer­i­can community.

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Speak­ers at the ban­quet includ­ed Abrar Omeish, the daugh­ter of Esam Omeish, for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety, a part of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (GMB) in the US and close­ly tied to the Egypt­ian orga­ni­za­tion. In March 2021, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) also iden­ti­fied Abrar Omeish as an alum­na of the Sinan Wren Foun­da­tion, a Turk­ish-British self-described “thought lead­er­ship” group pro­vid­ing train­ing to GMB youth lead­ers that is led by a for­mer offi­cial of the Turk­ish char­i­ty IHH Human­i­tar­i­an Relief Foun­da­tion, the major spon­sor of the June 2010 Gaza Flotil­la that involved in a vio­lent alter­ca­tion with Israeli naval forces. Anoth­er speak­er was Sir­aj Wah­haj, an unin­dict­ed co-con­spir­a­tor in the 1993 World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing who has held var­i­ous posi­tions in ISNA, the Amer­i­can Mus­lim Coun­cil, and the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions.

The Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety (MAS) was iden­ti­fied in a report authored by the GIOR edi­tor as a part of the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and close­ly tied to the Egypt­ian orga­ni­za­tion. Accord­ing to a Chica­go Tri­bune inves­ti­ga­tion, the MAS chose to con­ceal its Broth­er­hood affil­i­a­tion ear­ly in its his­to­ry, fear­ing that the US would crack down on Hamas members.

The Turk­ish Amer­i­can Nation­al Steer­ing Com­mit­tee (TASC) is strong­ly tied to Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Erdoğan. TASC co-chair Gunay Evinch is a prin­ci­pal of Saltz­man & Evinch, a law firm retained by Turkey and reg­is­tered as a for­eign agent of Turkey in 2020. In addi­tion, TASC’s for­mer trea­sur­er, Murat Guzel, detailed his US polit­i­cal activ­i­ties in e‑mails to Erdoğan fam­i­ly mem­bers. GIOR has report­ed that co-chair Melih Bek­taş may have Turk­ish ultra­na­tion­al­ist and Islamist sympathies




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