Leftists, Islamists to March on Jerusalem
by THE GLOBAL MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DAILY REPORT
January 19, 2012
A far-left European website has posted an invitation to a “global march on Jerusalem.” According to the announcement on the website of the Anti-Imperalist Camp:
Jerusalem has been a centre of the three monotheistic world religions for more than 1,000 years. This plurality has been threatened since the creation of the state of Israel and more so with the occupation of east Jerusalem and its annexation, in violation of international law. Jerusalem’s Palestinian inhabitants are subjected to a continuous process of expulsion from the city.
85% of its territory has been robbed by foreign settlers, while the Israeli state systematically destroys the livelihood of Palestinians. Every day, the Apartheid state of Israel demolishes Palestinian homes. Armed Israeli gangs, supported by the state, terrorise the old city’s inhabitants demanding, “Arabs out, Jerusalem is Jewish!” Jewish religious fanatics even attack Jewish women if they don’t abide by the rules emanating from their extremist interpretation of religion. All this is happening while the people of the Arab world are clamouring for democracy and self-determination.
After decades of submission to a world order dominated by NATO and Israel, the Arab masses have begun to rid themselves of their dependent and dictatorial regimes. People have taken to the streets in unprecedented numbers; demanding democracy and an end to the squander of their countries’ resources. For decades, these corrupt dictatorships have collaborated with Israel to safeguard Western interests in the region. The clearest testimony of this is the comprehensive blockade that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip; destroying the future of 1.5 million Palestinians.
The sole reaction of the last settler colony in the world to the growing protest is increased brutality. The Apartheid state of Israel is hastening to create more facts on the ground, particularly in Jerusalem, before the balance of forces in the region turns completely against them. Once again, Israel’s claim to be the only democracy in the Middle East is exposed to be a racist fallacy – as only Jewish citizens are entitled to it.
Today, the Arab spring continues to fuel the Palestinian national movement. This initiative for the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) is a vital expression of this fact. Various forces from across the entire region, as well as all political, cultural and religious divisions, have come together – extending even to Europe.
It is, therefore, high time for each and every one of us to struggle similarly for democracy, equal rights and self-determination for occupied Palestine. This is an especial duty for the European opposition forces because Zionism is not only a product of European colonialism and racism; it still enjoys the support of our ruling elite.
The Global March to Jerusalem adopted the city of the three monotheistic world religions as a symbol of emancipation. Despite the on-going expulsion of Palestinians and the Judaisation of the city, it remains the common cultural heritage of humanity, which can never be erased.
We join this pluralistic initiative transcending cultural and religious borders on a simple political platform; carrying further ahead past initiatives. Our intention is to build a bridge for peace between the Arab region, Europe and other parts of the world.
We will meet before Land Day on March 30, 2012, in Cairo, Amman, Beirut and Damascus to start our common march to Jerusalem. In all these capitals, we would be joined by local preparatory committees.
Concomitantly, there will be mobilisations throughout historic Palestine: in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, in Israel (by Muslims, Christians and Jews) and first and foremost, in Jerusalem also….We say no to Zionism; and to an exclusive Jewish colonial state, which reacts to the legitimate struggle of the indigenous Palestinian people with the expansion of its Apartheid rule.
Six of the twelve individuals listed as sponsoring/endorsing the initiative are either leaders in or closely tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood:
- Zaher Birawi, leading Palestine activist, Britain (director of the Palestine Return Center in the U.K)
- Gretta Duisenberg, Chair Foundation “Stop the Occupation”, Board member Free Gaza Movement, Netherlands (widow of former European Bank president; works closely with Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the Netherlands)
- Dr. Hafiz al Karmi, Chairman Palestinian Forum in Britain (The PFB works closely with Muslim Brotherhood groups in the U.K.)
- Mohammad Kozber, British Muslim Initiative (The BMI is part of the U.K Muslim Brotherhood)
- Mikalis Lukianos, Ship to Gaza, Greece (The Gaza Flotilla movement is closely tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood)
- Ismael Patel, Chairman Friends of Al Aqsa, Britain (FOA and Patel work closely with the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood)
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Kuwaiti media is reporting that the the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) has held its third forum for new Muslim converts in Europe. According to a Kuwait News Agency report:
Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq KUWAIT, Dec 25 (KUNA) — Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq stressed care for education and awareness of new Muslims in Europe is a priority at present requiring rehabilitation and continued advancement of capabilities of preachers communicating with them. The remark came upon the inauguration Saturday night of the third Europe new Muslims forum, organized by the TIES center of the IICO. The forum, Al-Maatouq said, was an opportunity to better equip Islam’s representatives in Europe to address the issues facing the Muslim European community today. The representatives are encouraged to seek Islamic leadership courses and strategic planning courses, and to set up channels and netwroks of communication for Muslims across Europe. The IICO, the chairman said, offered many cultural, educational, and other training programs since its creation to enable Muslims to contribute to development in their own respective communities. It is now cooperating with a host of international organizations. The list includes the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Islamic Education, Science, Culture Organization (IISESCO), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the Humanitarian Forum.
The IICO lists branches in the MIddle East, Africa, and in Asia and as late as 2008, the U.S. IICO branch was listed at the same address in Herndon, Virginia as the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. An earlier post reported that the directors and advisors of IIIT attended a general Assembly meeting of the IICO. The IICO’s Palestine Charity Committee sends its funds through “zakat committees” in the Palestinian territories, many of which are linked to Hamas. The Swiss office of the Islamic “charity” Human Appeal is also registered at the same address in Geneva as the IICO. Human Appeal has also been linked to Hamas funding and is one of the members, along with the IICO, of the Union of Good. The Union of Good is a worldwide coalition of charities headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi which has been designated as a terrorist entity by the U.S. and Israel in connection with its funding of Hamas. Three individuals affiliated with the Swiss IICO branch were also associated with the now defunct Al Taqwa Bank, founded and operated by Muslim Brotherhood leaders Youssef Nada and Ali Ghaleb Himmat. IICO Deputy Chairman Abdullah Omar Nasseef has held many important positions in Saudi Arabia including serving as Vice-President of the Kingdom’s Shura Council, President of King Abdul Aziz University, and most importantly as Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) from 1983-1993. Dr. Naseef is also the President of the Muslim World Congress and the Secretary-General of the International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief (IICDR) which includes a large number of affiliated organizations, many of which are associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas fundraising, or support for Al Qaeda.
Previous posts reported on the launching of the new IICO website, the celebration of its 25 anniversary in May 2010, and recent visit of Qaradawi to attend and ICCO meeting.
Jordanian Islamist movement representatives.
Jordanian media is reporting that the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has launched preparations to take part in a future government. According to a Jordan Times report:
The Jordan Times: “AMMAN — The Islamist movement has launched preparations to take part in a future government, as the Islamic Action Front (IAF) considers sweeping internal reforms to strengthen the party ahead of potential elections.
In an ordinary IAF Shura Council session late Saturday, Islamist leaders discussed potential measures should the party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, come to power in a government based on a parliamentary majority.
During the meeting, party leaders focused on the steps to make the potential transition from an “opposition movement” to a governing party, a transformation that IAF Secretary General Hamzah Mansour warned will be “difficult” for the movement.
The IAF’s potential participation in governance would come at a time the Kingdom faces several internal and external challenges in the political, economic and social realms, placing a “heavy responsibility” on the Islamist movement, Mansour noted.
“Any political force or political party that takes part or forms a government based on a parliamentary majority will face several challenges,” Mansour told The Jordan Times.
“We must be prepared to face these challenges and come up with solutions to them.”
According to a source within the movement, the debate comes at a time Islamist leaders have received “positive signs” that decision makers will meet the movement’s preconditions for participating in political life, namely an elections law based on proportional representation and constitutional reforms guaranteeing elected governments and protecting Parliament against dissolution.
If the movement’s demands are met, Islamists are prepared to pull its presence from the streets, abandoning the pro-reform movement, and focus its energies on an electoral campaign and a strategy for governance, the source added.
“If our reform demands are met it is only natural that we will take part in elections and take part in the government,” Ali Abul Sukkar, IAF Shura Council president, told The Jordan Times.
“This is our goal and it always has been.”
During Saturday’s session, Islamist leaders also focused on ways to best translate the movement’s slogan “Islam is the solution” into political and economic programmes as the IAF eyes the rise of Islamists to power through the ballot box in countries across the region.
“We will study the experiences of the Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt, the Justice Party in Morocco and Ennahda in Tunisia on how their movements are developing practical solutions in very challenging environments,” Abul Sukkar told The Jordan Times.
“Jordanian citizens have several demands and we as a party will have to be prepared to deliver.”
The Islamic Action Front (IAF) is generally considered to be the political wing of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood. One of the most important leaders of the IAF is Ishaq Farhan a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, one of the three founders of the IAF, and a former education minister and senator. Mr. Farhan is also listed as a director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), founded in the U.S. in 1980 by important members of the Global Muslim Brotherhood who wished to promote the “Islamization of Knowledge.” IIIT was associated with the now defunct SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in March 2002 in connection with the financing of terrorism. In 2000, Mr. Farhan was denied entry to the U.S. after having had his visa revoked in the prior year without informing him. The New York Times reported at that time that unidentified American diplomats called Mr. Farhan a “moderating force” and that he “as kept a distance from the vociferous opposition to peaceful relations with Israel.” However, in 2003 a media report said that the IAF had “declared a jihad in favor of Iraq and Palestine if the US attacks Iraq.”
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