A French higher education institution is reporting that the Council for Justice, Equality and Peace (COJEP), a Turkish-French influence organization, organized a conference on Islamophobia at the European Parliament. The event featured Islamist speakers and was partly facilitated by a German politician. According to the École de guerre économique report:
May 18th, 2022: On May 3, 2022, a conference was organized at the initiative of Cojep, a pro-Turkey association, in the European Parliament. The theme was “Islamophobia” and discrimination against Muslims. Among the speakers, El-Yess Zareli, known as Elias d’Imzalene, the founder of the media “Islam et Info”, a Salafist at the heart of the galaxy of political Islam in France. The magazine Marianne reported on this total incoherence of the European Parliament regarding the attitude to adopt towards Islamism and the influence games of foreign powers such as Turkey within the European institutions. The axis of attack of the organizers of the conference was to highlight the contradictions and discrepancies between European values and the law reinforcing the respect of the principles of the French Republic”, i.e. the law of 2021 against separatism initiated by Emmanuel Macron. Marianne’s journalists specify in this regard that the personalities present at this conference are “far from being simple believers or associations, defend an ultra-conservative and political vision of the Muslim religion. Among them: the activist El-Yes Zarely, known as Elias d’Imzalène, founder of the community site “Islam and Info” which records anti-Muslim acts. The pro-Erdogan activist and former member of the CCIF Feiza Ben Mohamed and the political scientist, Islamologist and director of research at the CNRS François Burgat were also present. One of the aspects of the controversy concerns the fact that a German socialist deputy has brought into the European Parliament an individual registered as an “S” [a potential security threat] in France, Elias d’Imzalène, founder of the website “Islam et info”. In this case, it would be an initiative of Ismail Ertug, Vice-President of the German Social Democratic Group (SPD). The latter, born in 1975 in Amberg, comes from a Turkish family that emigrated to Germany in 1972. [Translated by DeepL]
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As the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported in November 2020, France dissolved the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France (CCIF), designating it as an “enemy of the republic” and accusing it of associating with Islamism and minimizing terrorism. In mid-October 2020, GIOR concluded that CCIF wass an Islamist influence operation, analyzing its campaigning efforts against secularism and its ties to organizations part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, a transnational Islamist network covered by the GIOR.
According to the image found in the article, another listed speaker is Satı Arık, an associate member of the Central Executive Committee of the Women’s Branch of Turkish President Erdoğan’s AKP party.
The Council for Justice, Equality and Peace (COJEP) is an NGO based in Strasbourg, France, that describes itself as working in the spheres of human rights, democracy, fighting against racism and discrimination, intercultural dialogue, and other societal matters. COJEP was founded in 1992 in Belfort, France, and shared its headquarters with Millî Görüş. COJEP acted as the youth branch of the movement before splitting from it and moving to Strasbourg in 1996, and COJEP’s founder and president, Ali Gedıkoğlu, has called Millî Görüş his “camp.” COJEP has taken similar positions as the AKP.