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