On 27 February 2021, the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO), essentially the international youth/student organization of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB), held a virtual “revival” conference titled “Together For A Brighter Future” and that featured speaking appearances by a large number of Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders. According to an IIFSO Facebook post:
The revival of IIFSO! Learn and be inspired by the leading thinkers from around the world at the IIFSO International Conference 2021. Registration opening soon.
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The IIFSO describes itself as “a historic global organization of Muslim student associations” but most of the conference’s 28 slots were taken by speakers known to be tied to the GMB and/or to hold extremist and anti-Semitic views, including:
- Dalia Mogahed: Director of Research at the US Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a group whose Board of Advisors and staff includes prominent figures in the US Muslim Brotherhood. In 2009, Ms. Mogahed was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Mogahed has also been a protégé of Georgetown University academic Dr. John Esposito, a long-time supporter of the GMB.
- Wadah Khanfar: President of the Al Sharq Forum and former Director-General of the Al Jazeera Media Network. In January 2009, our predecessor publication analyzed Khanfar’s Muslim Brotherhood and possible Hamas background. Khanfar was also the former IIFSO Director of Human Resource Development.
- Anwar Ibrahim: Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and co-founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a long-standing institution in the US Brotherhood. During the 1970s and 1980s, Ibrahim has also served as a trustee for the Saudi World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), created to globally propagate Saudi ‘Wahhabi’ Islam.
- Oussama Jamal: Secretary-General of the US MB umbrella United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and long-time leader of New Jersey’s Bridgewater mosque, which is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and whose members were known to have raised funds for Hamas-linked charities.
- Mohsin Ansari: President of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), an important part of the US MB.
- Anis Ahmad, first Vice-President of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, and former President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), part of the US MB network.
- Ayman Hammous: Executive Director of the Muslim American Society (MAS).
- Suhaib Webb: A former imam of the MB-tied Islamic Society of Boston who has long been involved with the MAS.
- Heba Raouf Ezzat: Political Science Researcher and team member of the Doha Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics(CILE), formerly headed by GMB leader Tariq Ramadan.
- Taqi Usmani: A former Pakistani Supreme Court Justice who has called for “aggressive military jihad” to establish global Islamic supremacy.
- Linda Sarsour: Executive Director of the US Muslim civil rights NGO MPower Change, which has cooperated with important organizations in the US MB. Sarsour has become known for her harsh criticism of Israel, and in 2012, our predecessor publication was the first to report about Sarsour’s family ties to Hamas. In September 2019, The Washington Post reported that Linda Sarsour had resigned as co-chair of the Women’s March movement following accusations of anti-Semitism and financial mismanagement.
- Omar Abdelkafi: An Egyptian cleric close to the Muslim Brotherhood who has made anti-Semitic statements and controversial remarks about 9/11 and the 2015 Paris terror attacks. He has also said that “Muslims should not shake hands with Christians, or wish them well on Christian holidays, or walk on the same sidewalk with them.”
- Timothy Winter, aka. Abdal-Hakim Murad: Professor of Islamic Studies at the Aziz Foundation, a British scholarship organization whose leadership is tied to several organizations in the European MB network, including the European Network Against Racism and the Muslim Council of Britain.
Founded in 1969, the IIFSO received its initial impetus from the establishment of the Muslim Student Association in the US, the forerunner of what would grow to become the US Muslim Brotherhood. Many important leaders of the GMB have served as IIFSO officers over the years. A memo purporting to be a 1998 briefing document prepared for South African President Thabo Mbeki describes the IIFSO as working closely with Hamas. For more about the IIFSO, see a report authored by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) editor.
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