Inside Hizb Ut Tahrir, A Gateway To Jihad

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Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), or “Party of Liberation,” is an international Islamist movement seeking to unite Muslims under one Islamic caliphate.

Founded by Palestinian Taqiuddin al-Nabhani al-Filastyni in 1953, Hizb ut-Tahrir considers itself a non-violent political party.  HT states that its goal is to peacefully convert Muslim nations (and indeed the world) to Islamist political systems. HT praises the concept of jihad but insists that it does not use “material power to defend itself or as a weapon….”  The group publicly disavows efforts to achieve its goals of a caliphate through violent means.

The flag that Hizb ut-Tahrir uses shows the Shahada (the testimony, or confession of faith) “I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

While not advocating violence directly, individuals associated with HT have been involved in violent acts. Many younger members indoctrinated by HT, such as notorious ISIS figure “Jihadi John,” have gone on to join jihadist movements.

  • April 30, 2003: Suicide bomber Asif Muhammad Hani, a British citizen, explodes at the entrance to Tel Aviv bar Mike’s Place. The bombing kills three and wounds 50. Israeli authorities identify a second bomber, Omar Khan Sharif, also a British citizen, whose explosives failed to detonate. Both men belonged to HT offshoot al-Muhajiroun. Sharif was also reportedly “associated with HT.”*
  • 2004: British authorities arrest an HT member for joining al-Qaeda and plotting to attack financial targets in New York.*
  • July 2004: HT splinter cell Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) attacks the American and Israeli embassies in Uzbekistan.*
  • May 13, 2005: Uzbek security forces stop a revolt, prison break, and an anti-government demonstration in the city of Andijon. Uzbeki President Islam A. Karimov blames international terrorist groups and HT for organizing the uprising. HT denies responsibility.*
  • July 29, 2006: Surveillance cameras film two Lebanese men carrying suitcases filled with propane-gas explosives onto trains in Germany. Investigators said one of the men, Youssef Mohammed el-Hajdib, may have ties to HT. The group denies that Hajdib was a member.*
  • September 2007: German police arrest three members of HT splinter group IJU for plotting to attack restaurants, military and civilian airports, and nightclubs.*
  • November 4, 2010: Russian police say they have prevented an HT cell from blowing up a railway track near a Moscow train station.*
  • November 2012: Early in the month, Russian authorities arrest 18 Russian and Tajik citizens allegedly plotting bomb attacks around Moscow. After searching their apartments, authorities find “counterfeit money worth $1 million and 2 million euros”, as well as guns and explosives. On November 16, authorities charge nine Russian and Tajik citizens with belonging to HT, which is banned in those countries.*
  • December 2014: Iranian-born Australian Man Haron Monis takes more than a dozen people hostage at Sydney’s Lindt Chocolat Café. Monis and two hostages are killed after a 16-hour standoff with police. Monis had attended a June 2014 HT lecture on the failings of the West.*
  • March 2015: Bangladeshi police arrest Islamist blogger Farabi Shafiur Rahman in connection with the February 26, 2015, murder of atheist writer Avijit Roy. Police accuse Rahman of belonging to HT and threatening over social media to kill Roy prior to his murder in a knife attack.*
  • Late March 2015: Turkish police stop nine British citizens from crossing into Syria to join jihadist groups. British police reveal that one of the nine, Waheed Ahmed—a student at Manchester University and the son of Rochdale town councilor Shakil Ahmed—is a member of HT. HT Britain’s chairman, Dr. Abdul Waheed, denies that Ahmed is a member.*
  • April 2015: British media report that individuals associated with HT and the Nusra Front attacked civil activists in Aleppo, Syria. HT Britain denies the reports (1)

Extensive articles have been written on Hizb, encompassing their history, leaders, goals and aspirations.

They have been banned in many Muslim-majority countries, as well as Western countries including Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Germany.

Circanda has produced  articles on a prominent Canadian Hizb leader Mazin Abdul-Adhim concerning his publicly stated views.  You can read them here and here. Mr. Abdul-Adhim has been banned from Denmark for his radical views, however, Hizb ut-Tahrir still operates in Canada with impunity. 

Even though they are allowed to operate in Canada, members and leaders are followed closely by intelligence agencies. 

Hizb ut-Tahrir has compiled an extensive and comprehensive library of their goals and aspirations. Many of these books are available for PDF download here.  They are working hard to translate all of their material into English. 

Following is some of the content you will find:

Book 1, Hizb ut-Tahrir: Purpose is to revive the Umah, liberate it from the Kufr, as well as domination of Kufr states.

Book 2, Methodology: Reestablishing the Caliphate is a clollective activety within a structure, party or group. It must be political.

Book 3, System of Islam: It is necessary to radically and comprehensively change a person’s thought and generate another thought for him.

Book 4, Structuring of the party: The ideology is the multiplication of ‘cells’ (individual who embodies the idea) to form leadership and then the idea is propagated through Dawah.

Book 5, Concepts: Hizb works in order to govern by Islam and strives against the Kafr colonialists to uproot their influence.

Book 6, Essential elements of the Islamic disposition: A follower must have both the proper Islamic mentality and behavioral disposition.

Book 7, The Islamic state: The Islamic state is not a dream or a figment of the imagination, it is a reality, always has been, always will be.

Book 8, Institutions of state: Laying out the implementation of the ruling and administrative organizations of the Caliphate.

Book 9, The Ruling Islam in Islam: A complete and comprehensive system designed for mankind, obligatory of Muslims to implement and execute.

Book 10, The social system in Islam: Muslims are obliged to restrict their living solely to what Allah has commanded in the Sunnah, whether or not it disagrees with the west.

Book 11, Economic system: This book introduces the reality of the capitalist and socialist (including Communist) economic systems and their refutation explaining their defects and contradiction with the economic system of Islam.

Book 13 & 14: Draft constitution: A comprehensive and extensive constitution is in place, ready to be implemented with the establishment of the Caliphate.

There are more books of instruction to be found on the website.

Looking at some of the subject matter in the above material, one could think that Hizb is cult-like in structure. This view is strengthened by how they recruit and teach their following.  Though they claim to be a political organization, their methodology is cerebral in nature, attempting to change how people think. In this respect, they are different than the Muslim Brotherhood, who ingratiate themselves into the Western political system while keeping their Islamic supremacy agenda hidden. Hizb rejects those who want to work within the Western system.

The Inner workings

Hizb followers are generally Sunni in ideology, attending Sunni mosques for the most part. They are looked upon with suspicion and wariness by the mosques, not necessarily because of their ideology, but they bring unwanted attention to the mosques because of their very public views on Caliphate. They try to recruit followers after prayer times outside of mosques, handing out pamphlets and speaking to mosque attendees. 

Universities are also actively targeted, particularly the Muslim Students Associations and different activist gatherings, where Hizb can push their ideas onto young, idealized Muslims and non Muslims alike. They attempt to get into as many colleges and universities as possible.  They will try to hold halaqas, or study circles as often as they can. Most of the new recruits come from the universities. The study groups are split into male and female groups.

When someone joins Hizb, they are required to study under a senior member for months, if not years. When they have shown a strong understanding of what they have studied, they are then obligated to go out, recruit and teach others. This is to build the ability of refute and debate with people. 

A recruit does not become a full member until all of the books published by Hizb have been studied and you are tested and approved by the leader of the region. 

Everything within the organization is very secretive, even though they are very forthright in their goals.  When recruits attend a halaqa (study group), they must leave their cell phones at home, no recording is allowed.  Leadership do not communicate via social media and phone, they meet privately.

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir work within the Islamic education system where they have easy access to students. Their political views are kept secret in order for them to work in these institutions.

Radicalized groups in Canada have a similar mindset, namely,  the promotion and implementation of Islam throughout the world, yet they approach their goal in different ways. Hizb ut-Tahrir, although political in nature, try to reach people through thinking and behavior modification. Muslim Brotherhood  work directly within the political system while keeping their goals under the radar. 

While most mosques will not allow Hizb to proselytize within the building, they hand out pamphlets and talk to mosque goers after the service. They also attend any conference they can, including the RIS annual conference in Toronto. Here, they set up a Dawah booth and pass out information outside of the conference, although ISNA in Mississauga has a conference where they are allowed to attend and distribute. 

Aware Muslim Blogspot

Most of their dawah material is also printed on an online blog. You can access the blog here. The blog deals with happenings in the world and each entry  stresses the coming of the Caliphate as the ultimate solution. Below are some quotes from the blog.

From July 2020 on the police: “These mechanisms of control are so ingrained into the ideology of the system that reform is simply not possible. To end the unjust practices of the police, one must dismantle the unchecked power of the elite, and place meaningful restrictions on them. It means, dismantling Capitalism as a whole and replacing it with the Islamic ideology is the only complete solution.”

From July 2020 on Racism: “Indeed, the brutal and blatant racism African Americans endure in the United States is only a symptom of the corruption of the Capitalist system. Thereforeto completely eradicate racism, we must uproot this failed system and, in turn, replace it with a truly just alternative (Islam)”  What he fails to mention is the acquisition of slaves by Mohammad, not only African slaves, but from throughout the known world. 

May 2020 on Ramadan: “The true unity of the Muslims can only be achieved under the Khilafah. The adoption of the Khalifah is what removes the differences of opinion. Until the Khilafah is re- established, there will not be any unity in the matter of Ramadan, let alone other more important matters.”

May 2020 on Covid: “Ultimately, the solution to containing the spread of COVID- 19, and other pandemics, requires more than one or two policies. It requires a government that fears Allah.”

The bulk of Hizb followers in Ontario are found in the GTA, with London and Hamilton having a growing presence. There are chapters throughout the Muslim and Western worlds.

Leaders in Ontario regularly attend conferences throughout the world.  Canadian leadership has travelled to Syria during the initial uprising to try to convince the rebel army to work with Hizb ut-Tahrir. It is also said that many members of HT went to ISIS to try convince them to work with HT, but they were executed for their trouble.  Canadian leadership also traveled recently to Australia, Turkey and UAE to recruit. 

Although HT does not officially ascribe to jihad with regards to their single minded goal of world-wide Islam, their radical views have the propensity to radicalize individuals, and drive them towards jihadi minded organizations like ISIS and Al Qaeda. 

Quotes from HT leadership

Uthman Badar, HT Australia spokesman, July 3, 2011

“If our members exist in a country where an occupation has occurred, in capacity as individuals they would have an obligation to resist.”

Asim Qureshi, speaker at HT rally, August 19, 2006

“When we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel, we know where the solution is and where the victory lies. We know that it is incumbent upon all of us, to support the jihad of our brothers and sisters in these countries when they are facing the oppression of the West. Allahu Akhbar! Allahu Akhbar!”

Kamal Abuzahra, speaker at HT conference, August 4, 2006

“There is no Islam as a way of life without a Khilafah.”

Hassan al-Madhoun, spokesman for HT in the Gaza Strip, May 2015

“We call on the Muslim armies to direct their weapons toward Israel instead of Muslims in an Arab country.”

HT Draft Constitution Article 7

“[Those] guilty of apostasy (murtad) from Islam are to be executed according to the rule of apostasy…”

HT publication, March 25, 1996

“However, it is not allowed for a Muslim to express any opinion that contradicts Islam, whether regarding the Islamic creed or anything emanating from it. Accordingly, he is not allowed to call for the ‘liberation of women,’ or Nationalism, or Patriotism, or Regionalism, or a Kufr principle like Capitalism or Socialism, or indeed any idea that contradicts Islam. Therefore, it is not allowed for Muslims to adopt the freedom of opinion which the Capitalists call for. Everything that is initiated by a Muslim should be confined by the Shar’ia.”

Ismail al-Wahwah, December 24, 2012

“That is the duty of the caliphate – to implement Islam internally and carry the light of Islam to the rest of the world. How? Not with flowers. It was the army of Muslims, which started from Al-Madina, and they went to China, India, and Al-Maghreb. That is jihad.”

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Strategic Appointments


By Rami Dabbas

Did the King Abdullah choose Al-Khasawneh as prime minister to pass the deal of the century?

After the government of the new Jordanian Prime Minister, Bishr Al-Khasawneh took the constitutional oath in front of king Abdullah, many questions revolved around the basic tasks that this man was assigned to, and whether he was able to complete them in light of the difficult conditions  Jordan is going through internally and regionally.

It seems that Jordan is forced to march towards interim challenges that it will face in the next stage, in light of the great turning point that the region is moving towards, and the insistence of the current American administration led by Donald Trump to bypass the Jordanian regime, which in the eyes of the current US administration and the Netanyahu government has become an obstacle to its interests in the region. Especially in light of King Abdullah’s insistence on not agreeing to the American peace deal in its current form, and  also after the Palestinian Authority’s refusal.

All these changes made the Jordanian monarch inclined to appoint Bishr Al-Khasawneh as prime minister to face these challenges, which Jordan seems forced to agree to, the most prominent of which is the deal of the century.

Coming out with a minimal loss

The Jordanian monarch’s choice of Al-Khasawneh came at the expense of two other candidates, Hussein Majali and Walid Al-Maani.

Hussein al-Majali is distinguished as a military figure who lacks political acumen, but he enjoys a populist discourse that makes him close to the street, which is what made the king think of him as a first option, for his characteristics that are able to absorb the anger of the Jordanian street, and his ability to restore popularity again to the Jordanian king, which has declined Recently.

In the end, however, the king saw that the dues of the next phase require the export of a diplomatic figure more than a military and popular figure close to the street. While the personality of the second candidate, Walid Al-Maani, came far from political and security work, he is a doctor, and therefore choosing him  would not be feasible to deal with the next stage.

The deal of the century … the search for realistic solutions

According to sources, King Abdullah pointed out that the choice of Al-Khasawneh came as a result of his distinction as a diplomatic and political figure known to the American decision-making circles, as the king wants to come out in the next stage with the least losses, in light of the state of normalization and peace between the Arab Gulf states with Israel, and the American demands by the Trump administration on Jordan to accept the deal of the Century.

Al-Khasawneh is distinguished in that he is a moderate figure who believes in realistic solutions. He has no problem with the principle of financially compensating the Palestinians instead of the right of return.

It is noteworthy that Al-Khasawneh was the only person who accompanied the Jordanian monarch on his recent lightning visit to the Emirates, just before the UAE signed a peace agreement with Israel, which gave initial indications at the time that King Abdullah wanted to send special signals to Washington via Abu Dhabi, that Amman would accept realistic solutions regarding the Palestinian issue specifically the American peace deal.

In addition to the fact that the man enjoys distinguished relations with Basem Awadallah, a figure close to Muhammad Dahlan, which is considered a green light from Jordan and a tacit approval to make sharp concessions regarding the Palestinian issue, and to agree to the deal of the century in principle, after he initially showed intransigence And a big rejection.

A dictatorial man who does not accept the other opinion

On the other hand, the “diplomatic” character of Al-Khasawneh on the external level does not appear in his dealings and behaviors with the social environment that he knows, and which he collided with and dealt with directly. The man’s personality is known for its clash and non-acceptance of the other. Rather, the man is distinguished by a great exclusionary state.

According to some sources, the man is famous for his nervous temper, and that he is a propagandist and opportunist, as he had attacked a traffic policeman during his work as his country’s ambassador to Egypt. In addition to that, he used to deal with auditors at the Jordanian embassy in Cairo in a superior manner, and did not accept any criticism or complaints submitted to him by the auditors.

Prime Minister with an excessive diplomatic flavor

Al-Khasawneh served extensively in the Jordanian diplomatic corps, and moved in a number of diplomatic and government positions, the last of which was the king’s policy advisor, since August 2020, and he previously worked as an advisor to the king for communication and coordination affairs for the period 2019-2020.

Al-Khasawneh also held the position of Minister of State twice, becoming Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 2016-2017, and Minister of State for Legal Affairs in 2017-2018.

During his diplomatic career, he traveled as ambassador to Jordan in a number of countries, and his representative in a number of international organizations and forums. He was his country’s ambassador in Egypt from 2012 to 2016, and during the same period he served as Jordan’s delegate to the Arab League, permanent observer to the African Union, and Jordan’s ambassador to Kenya and Ethiopia, then moved to work as ambassador to France between 2018-2019.

Prior to that, he held a number of other positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since the early 1990s. Second and First Attaché and Secretary.

King Abdullah II had limited options as a result of cumulative mistakes throughout his reign. His choice of Bishr Al-Khasawneh at this stage is due to a number of reasons.

The first reason is that he cannot return to the old guard, and thus the king has lost much of his popularity, and he does not want to lose more. Evidence for this is the experience of Marouf Al Bakhit, who he assigned  to head the government twice, the first was in 2011, and the second time in 2017, and his second government was worse than the first.

The second reason is that there are pressing issues on the Jordanian street, including the bad economic situation and political considerations in the region, from new alliances, on top of which is Gulf normalization with Israel, and the attempt to jump over the Jordanian role in the issue of Jerusalem and annexation of the Jordan Valley, and everything related to the Palestinian issue.

In addition to the most important and dangerous file at the domestic level, which is the health file related to the “Coronavirus” pandemic, and the devastating economic repercussions that came with it on the Jordanian economy.

Whereas, the king did not want to focus on the security aspect only by choosing a character such as Hussein al-Majali, or the health aspect by choosing a figure such as Walid al-Maani, but rather wanted to use a personality close to him and close to the Cabinet and the Hashemite palace.

Al-Khasawneh is aware of the instructions and trends within the corridors of the Jordanian political decision, and he is closely informed of the Jordanian position in various issues, as he is the least problematic for the king rather than choosing another person, considering that this person does not have question marks or major criticism in the Jordanian street, since most of his work  is concentrated in the diplomatic and foreign corps.

This is what prompted King Abdullah to change his mind at the last minute regarding the appointment of Majali and Al Maani as prime minister, and the tendency to appoint Al-Khasawneh after a series of great consultations with advisers and close associates.

As the king lives in a very big dilemma, fear and great anxiety about the current stage and what is coming, in light of important files, including holding elections for the House of Representatives, and many Arab countries rushed to normalize with Israel, and most importantly the upcoming American elections.

His Character touches the aspirations of the Jordanian palace and Regime

The choice of Al-Khasawneh as prime minister was among other options before the Jordanian monarch, as the man is famous for his closeness to the king,  considered one of the personalities close to the king for years, specifically, being a long-term advisor to the king, in addition to his experience as a diplomat who worked in Jordanian embassies abroad, and he had a role in developing  Jordan’s relations in the countries in which he worked, including the Arab League, and perhaps the joining of a number of diplomats to his ministerial team would confirm this.

On a large scale, if internal challenges are excluded, specifically dealing with the Coronavirus epidemic in all its details, and the repercussions of the economic crisis that will appear more deeply in the coming months, the external challenges, including regional ones, so the Jordanian decision-maker waits today for the post-American election phase in which the region will witness profound changes, not only linked to Palestinian and Arab peace with Israel.

There are transformations and rearrangements affecting regional powers in the region, which require precision in building Jordanian positions, especially since there is a Jordanian perception that normalization agreements with Israel will include other Arab countries, and this is what Jordan proposes to review its previous positions, ensuring its survival, which is not an issue. All regional powers in the region are moving and adopting their policies with one reference, which is the American elections and the implications of their results.

No magical solutions

Hence, the new Prime Minister Al-Khasawneh does not have a magic wand of solutions to confront the internal challenges, as the margins to maneuver in it are limited, and perhaps in his first statements after the oath, there was some indication for that when he said: “We will take the necessary decisions, even if they are painful,” while drawing foreign policies and decisions.  The government is one of the actors in it, not the only actor.

Islamic Reform In Canada?



On Friday, October 9, 2020, the above sign was seen in Dundas Square in Toronto  in support of imam Mustafa Khattab of the Anatolia Islamic Centre and Muslim Chaplain at Brock University,  because of his statements on LGBTQ.  This sign was displayed adjacent to the Islamic Dawah booth. For years, there has been an Islamic Dawah booth in this area, teaching the public about Islam, and providing literature to interested persons.

Circanada has done a series of articles regarding the information given out at the Dawah booth in downtown Toronto. Much of this literature speaks of Islamic doctrine as taken from the Quran and hadith and the continued supplication of victory over a disbelieving people. One of the books given out “The accepted Dua” has this to say: 

O Allah, destroy the disbelievers that deny Your messenger, and block others from Your path, and descend upon them Your punishment, O Allah, destroy the disbelievers who were given the Book [Jews and Christians]. 

Another book that is given out “24 Hours with the Prophet” echoes this same sentiment:

“…Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the people who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers) (i.e. do not make them overpower us). And save us by Your Mercy from the disbelievers.”

The Quran that is given out at Dundas Square also references the punishment for the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Surah 4:16 If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone; for Allah is Oft-returning, Most Merciful.

Another book given out by this same booth, “Clear your doubts about Islam” also gives clear guidance about the homosexual lifestyle.

“Islamic teachings emphasize the distinctions between male and female. Islam instructs parents to separate their children in their beds by the age of ten in order to avoid sexual experiences which may result from childhood experimentation. Such experiences are often reinforced by contacts in school or through abuse from perverted adults. Islam also encourages early marriage in order to facilitate lawful
sexual relations for young people as soon as possible and keep them away from unlawful and unnatural

On June 28, 2019 Street Dawah Toronto issued a statement on the Pride Parade and the LGBTQ community:

“Our team stood giving out books and having conversations in the midst of the Pride Parade this month; despite the fact that the LGBTQ lifestyle goes against what Islam permits, we are not forbidden from sharing the message of Islam.

Justin Trudeau has said repeatedly that Islam is compatible with the west, even though much of the Islamic doctrine refute this claim, particularly in the area of the LGBTQ lifestyle. Prime Minister Trudeau is quoted as saying :

“Canadians are quick to point out that ISIS is wrong, that Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada.”

Mustafa Khattab, the Imam quoted in the above photo, when  confronted with his original assessment of the homosexual lifestyle, and we quote: “For me, someone who is homosexual is like someone who has diabetes or someone who has cancer or aids,” he said, noting he doesn’t like to be associated with gay people.” ,  wrote  a rebuttal in the Toronto Sun which you can read here. This rebuttal included the quotes on the signage above. 

Mr Khattab is a member of  the Canadian Council of Imams

What transpired in Dundas Square on Friday would make one believe that Prime Minister Trudeau is correct. Is there reform happening in the Islamic community? When prominent Imams are welcoming of the LGBTQ community, which goes directly against Islamic scripture, is reform happening in Canada?

According to sources that witnessed this event, many of the Muslim observers of this signage were outraged.  The gentleman manning the Islamic booth was not in agreement either, as he packed up his booth and left. The general Muslim public has not caught up to their leadership it would appear.

Islamic Reform in Canada?

Domain Names Used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Seized

notice_of_seizureThis article was originally published by the United States Department of Justice, and can be read here.

Seizure Documents Describe Iranian Government’s Efforts to Use Domains as Part of Global Disinformation Campaign

The United States has seized 92 domain names that were unlawfully used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to engage in a global disinformation campaign, announced the Department of Justice. 

According to the seizure documents, four of the domains purported to be genuine news outlets but were actually controlled by the IRGC and targeted the United States for the spread of Iranian propaganda to influence United States domestic and foreign policy in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and the remainder spread Iranian propaganda to other parts of the world.  In addition, the seizure documents describe how all 92 domains were being used in violation of U.S. sanctions targeting both the Government of Iran and the IRGC. 

“We will continue to use all of our tools to stop the Iranian Government from misusing U.S. companies and social media to spread propaganda covertly, to attempt to influence the American public secretly, and to sow discord,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “Fake news organizations have become a new outlet for disinformation spread by authoritarian countries as they continue to try to undermine our democracy.  Today’s actions show that we can use a variety of laws to vindicate the value of transparency.”        

 “Today we are 92 domains closer to shutting down Iran’s worldwide disinformation campaign,” said U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California.  “This important work will continue.  Iran cannot be allowed to hide behind fake news sites.  If Iran wants to be heard using U.S. facilities, it must reveal its true colors.”

“Today, we successfully seized 92 domains involved in a disinformation campaign conducted by Iran-based actors to promote pro-Iranian propaganda.  This investigation, initiated by intelligence we received from Google, was a collaborative effort between the FBI and social media companies Google, Facebook, and Twitter,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Bennett. “This case is a perfect example of why the FBI San Francisco Division prioritizes maintaining an ongoing relationship with a variety of social media and technology companies.  These relationships enable a quick exchange of information to better protect against threats to the nation’s security and our democratic processes. The FBI also urges the public to remain vigilant about the information they find and share on social media. Every citizen must do their part to use a critical eye and look for trusted sources of information. We all have a role to play in protecting the American democratic system from foreign adversaries.”

Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), unauthorized exports of goods, technology or services to Iran, directly or indirectly from the United States or by a United States person are prohibited. Pursuant to the IEEPA, the Secretary of the Treasury promulgated the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) that prohibit the provision of services to the Government of Iran without a license.  The Department of Treasury may issue a license through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  Further, the United States has found that the IRGC has provided material support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah, Hamas, and the Taliban and, on April 15, 2019, the IRGC was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States Government.

In this case, the United States seized 92 domain names on Oct. 7, 2020, pursuant to a seizure warrant.  The seizure documents describe how the 92 seized domain names were being operated in violation of federal law. 

Four of the domain names, “,” “,” “,” and “,” were seized pursuant to FARA.  FARA establishes a registration, reporting, and disclosure regime for agents of foreign principals (which includes foreign non-government individuals and entities) so that the U.S. government and the people of the United States are informed of the source of information and the identity of persons attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and law.  FARA requires, among other things, that persons subject to its requirements submit periodic registration statements containing truthful information about their activities and the income earned from them.  Disclosure of the required information allows the federal government and the American people to evaluate the statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents.  Here, the four domains purported to be independent news outlets, but were actually operated by or on behalf of the IRGC to target the United States with pro-Iranian propaganda in an attempt to influence the American people to change United States foreign and domestic policy toward Iran and the Middle East.  These domains targeted a United States audience without proper registration pursuant to FARA and without notifying the American public with a conspicuous notice that the content of the domains was being published on behalf of the IRGC and the Government of Iran.

In addition, the remaining 88 domains targeted audiences in Western Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia and masqueraded as genuine news outlets while actually being operated by the IRGC to spread pro-Iranian disinformation around the globe to the benefit of the Government of Iran.  The Government of Iran and the IRGC utilized website and domain services in the United States without a license from OFAC.  All 92 domains are owned and operated by United States companies.  Neither the IRGC nor the Government of Iran obtained a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control prior to utilizing the domain names.  A list of the 92 seized domain names is available here.

Visitors to the sites received the following message:

Notice of Seizure

This seizure was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Special Prosecutions Section and Asset Forfeiture Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, and the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, are prosecuting the seizure. 

Turkish Game Policy Changing the Geopolitical Map of Eastern Mediterranean

By Rami Dabbas

Rami Dabbas is a freelance Journalist and Correspondent of Israel
Today Magazine in 5 languages.

There is a state of anticipation in Europe and the countries of the region due to
the raging conflict in the eastern Mediterranean over gas and oil rights.
The recent escalation between Turkey and Greece, which has
reached a dangerous stage, is fueled by a deeper dispute
over the maritime borders, and a centuries-old historical conflict
between Athens and Ankara.

As usual, Erdogan began to promote inside Turkey that the eastern
Mediterranean conflict is ideological, religious in essence, and that as a
“protector of Muslims,” ​​he must “preserve their wealth in the three
seas,” as he indicated in a speech. This is cause for speculation as to why Erdogan embarked on the path of transforming the Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque once again, and the sight of the Imam carrying the sword up to the
pulpit seemed a sure call to inflame hatred and revive enmities,
especially with the Greeks.

Erdogan is behaving as if the eastern Mediterranean
countries are his proprietorially, as he seeks to restore them. He
believes that there are divisions in European positions between the
political position led by French President Emmanuel Macron, who
considered the Mediterranean as purely European influence, and the position of NATO, that does not want wars in regions. Britain is closer to neutrality thus far, and as it seeks a final exit from the European Union, it does not bind itself to neither the European Union nor the French position towards Turkey, while everyone agrees that the Turkish moves constitute a danger that
should not be tolerated.

As for the United States, it has lifted the US arms embargo on Greek
Cyprus, which is an indication of Washington’s alignment with the
Greek and Cypriot positions. But the Erdogan regime strives to seize
any opportunity not only to expand in the Mediterranean, but also to
weaken Western institutions, whether the European Union or NATO,
and sow divisions among their members.

Certainly, a comprehensive confrontation between any two NATO
member states seems impossible, and it is not allowed to erupt. Neither
the concerned parties want it nor does the international community.
What Western countries realize is that the Turkish regime is playing
a dangerous game that threatens Europe’s security and geopolitical
influence by weakening the European Union and NATO, and
fueling the division among their members. The Turkish regime is trying
to deal with Western countries in a “divide and conquer” manner, and
believes that it is capable of deepening differences within both the
European Union and NATO, and that by doing so, it will work to
strengthen Turkey and the rise of its star as a regional power. In
addition, Turkey believes that the agreement it concluded with the
Libyan Government of National Accord represents a spearhead to achieve its expansion goals in North Africa and also gather around it all
of its Islamist supporters, not only in Libya, but also in Tunisia and

Therefore, Erdogan crossed all red lines after entering the territorial
waters of Cyprus and Greece, and tampering with the eastern
Mediterranean and Libya, thus threatening European sovereignty. I
think it is time to wave the thick European stick in the face of Turkey,
because it is the only way to stop Erdogan’s ambitions and misdeeds in
the eastern and southern Mediterranean.




Circanada has written a series of articles about Barack Obama and his alleged possible ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Following is an insightful piece by author Leni Friedman Valenta, showing the orchestration of a chain of events, the repercussions of which we continue to see.

Ms Valenta is a graduate of Brandeis University and holds a Masters from the Yale School of Drama in play writing.  Her  articles have appeared with BESA Center for Strategic Studies in Israel, The National Interest, The Aspen Review, The Middle East Quarterly, Kyiv Post,  and others.  She and her husband have a small institute, formerly called the Institute of Post-Communist Studies but presently known as the Valenta Center for Strategic Issues.  The website , which she manages, is 

Canada is no stranger to the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, a fact we have also written about. A political entity, the Muslim brotherhood is a distinct danger to our democratic freedoms.

By: Leni Friedman Valenta

America is under attack, and sadly the undermining of our Constitution is being conducted with the complicity of beautiful, idealistic Americans, who have been deluded into thinking they are supporting the transformation to a more just society.

After Obama’s crime of trying to take down a sitting president, there has been no outcry from the public, even out of respect for the office, if not the man.  Meanwhile the race card has been so weaponized that even those who know the hidden truth about Obama are afraid to tell it. 

As some Americans have long suspected Obama is an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood [hereafter MB], and there is significant documentation, besides his own actions, to prove it. This is not a “conspiracy theory.” The only conspiracy theory, as the Epoch Times, shows, is Russia-gate, the one manufactured under the guidance of Obama with phony evidence provided by Hillary’s campaign.

The takedown of Mike Flynn. General Flynn was taken down by rogue agents of the FBI because as NSA he would have revealed and quashed the Russia-gate plot, but it goes further than that. On January 4 2016, before FBI agents interviewed Flynn, Obama, revealed to former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former FBI head, James Comey that he had possession of all of Flynn’s phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Surely Obama was outraged when he learned that Trump’s selected NSA was bent on possibly pursuing U.S. cooperation with Russia against radical Islam in Syria. In the key phone call, Flynn and Kislyak virtually agreed not to escalate mutual embassy withdrawals in response to Obamas sanctions on Russia. But in another little known call, Flynn also indicated to Kislyak that they could soon, “…have a better conversation about where we’re gonna go, uh regarding our relationship”

“Basically,” said Flynn, “… we definitely have a common enemy. You have a problem with it, and we have a problem with it in this country, and we definitely have a problem with it in the Middle East.” They were talking about Russian and U.S. cooperation against radical Islam — which then as now was the last thing Obama wanted.  

Why Flynn was fired from the DIA. Two days after the November 2016 election, Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn as NSA because of his “mismanagement and temper issues.” Possibly true. In August 2012, Flynn was indeed a problem for Obama, and not just because he objected to the whitewashed language Obama insisted on; calling our enemies “extremists” rather than “radical jihadists,” He also repeatedly asked Obama to put more of his spies in Syria.

As he warned the Senate Armed Services Committee in June 2014, the chaos there would allow ISIS to make a comeback in Iraq and declare an Islamic caliphate. He was right. He was also fired soon after. Neither would Obama bomb ISIS training camps in Iraq, though so advised by U.S. intelligence agencies and begged by the Iraqi government. It was President Trump whose forces in 2019, finally annihilated al Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq and killed their leader al-Baghdadi.

Flynn aleady knew why Obama had not heeded his warnings.  A report issued by Flynn’s DIA in August 2012 has since been obtained and declassified by Judicial Watch. At that time the American public was told and believed that Obama and Secretary of State Hillary were arming “moderate rebels” to fight those seeking to take down Syrian dictator, Bashar al Assad. But as the DIA document confirms, that is not what they were doing. Obama and Hillary were arming al Qaeda and incipient ISIS against Assad.

In 2016, Flynn discussed this DIA memo with Mehdi Hassan of Al Jazeera. Here is part of the transcript:

Mehdi Hasan: …Let me before we move on, just to clarify once more, you are basically saying that even in government at the time, you knew those groups were around. You saw this analysis – and you were arguing against it. But who wasn’t listening?

Michael Flynn: I think the administration.

Mehdi Hasan: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis –

Michael Flynn: I don’t know if they turned a blind eye. I think it was a decision. I think it was a wilful decision.

Mehdi Hasan: A wilful decision to go – support an insurgency that had Salafist, al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood?

Michael Flynn: [INTERRUPTING] Well, a wilful decision to do what they’re doing, which, which you have to really – you have to really ask the President, what is it that he actually is doing with the, with the policy that is in place, because it is very, very confusing? I’m sitting here today, Mehdi, and I don’t, I can’t tell you exactly what that is, and I’ve been at this for a long time.

Hedging his language carefully, Flynn did know what Obama was doing, and he also likely knew that under Obama, ISIS was even being trained by the U.S. at a facility in Jordan. Judicial Watch has also obtained this evidence. 

Flynn’s interview with Seymour Hersh. In a 2016 virtually banned-in-the-U.S. interview with Flynn, “Military to Military,” Flynn revealed to Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh what he was really experiencing. “…If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic!”He also inveighed at the “enormous push back” he got from the Obama administration. “I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.” 

As Hersh also reported, important to Flynn and former Joint Chief Martin Dempsey, was Obama’s 2011 NATO intervention in Libya. There, secular Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi, then working with the United States, had been brutally murdered by so called “moderate” rebels armed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The result had been a failed Jihadi state with war torn civilians inundating Europe. 

Obama told Chris Wallace it was “the worst mistake of his presidency.”  Mistake? Why then was Hillary helping to ship arms raided from dead Gadaffi’s stockpile to rebels in Syria? (Christopher Stevens was her go-between to the Libyan rebels collecting these arms.)

Other material declassified by Judicial Watch shows that the Obama administration knew ten days in advancethat the Benghazi consulate where Stevens and other Americans were killed would be attacked, and that al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman”(the Blind Sheikh) were involved. Why then was the attack not averted? 

With plenty of time to order help for the consulate, Obama, who had dismissed ISIS “as a terrorist ‘JV team,” went to a fundraiser. But as Flynn warned Congress in 2015, the threat of Islamic extremism had “… reached an unacceptable level…We are at war with violent and extreme Islamists, both Sunni and Shia, and we must accept and face this reality.”

Congress didn’t appreciate Flynn’s “narrative,” but someone else surely had figured things out. In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin intervened in Syria to save both Assad and his considerable investments there.  

What is the Muslim Brotherhood?[Hereafter MB]. There is a second document even more revelatory than the DIA one of Obama’s alliance with our our enemies. This is Obama’s 2011 Presidential Directive-11, never fully declassified .

But before we look at this document, please understand the following: Islam is a normal and even beautiful religion for patriotic Muslims who have evolved beyond its 7th century laws. We read some of its tenets in an Albanian mosque. Albania and certain other countries and Muslim groups have come to reject and even ban its deadly political component, Sharia law. 

But the MB is not one of them. Though not as deadly as some of its terrorist offshoots — it allows elections and claims to eschew violence (although in Egypt it didn’t)– its proponents follow the Sharia-prescribed policy of infiltrating another country at every possible level of its civilian life and government, undermining its laws until its numbers are strong enough to overthrow the existing regime. 

It also embraces brutal laws that denigrate women and govern every aspect of human life. Among these are that no religion but Islam can be worshiped and those who do are discriminated against and heavily taxed. 

It has been declared a terrorist organization by Russia, Syria, the Saudis, the UAE, and Egypt.  The largest such group in the world, it has also generated other terrorist groups – al Qaeda and ISIS as well as Hamas, which was “founded as the Palestinian branch of the Brotherhood.”

In 2019, President Trump, urged by El Sisi, tried to have the MB declared a terrorist group in the U.S., but he was narrowly defeated. Reporting on this, The New York Times appeared to minimize the potential impact of the MB in America. 

Presidential Study Directive 11. As the Washington Times wrote in 2015, Obama’s PSD-11 task force confirmed that backing the MB was promoted as a viable movement for the U.S. Government to support throughout North Africa and the Middle East.”

Why? Because the directive essentially, “…came to the bizarre conclusion that the Muslim Brotherhood’s brand of political Islam, combined with its fervent nationalism, could lead to ‘reform and stability’” Thus, American diplomats were ordered “to make contact with top MB leaders.” It gave active support, “to the organization’s drive for power in key nations like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Syria, at the 2011 outset of the ‘Arab Spring.” 

Surely this dramatic reversal in U.S. foreign policy was never  approved by Congress.  It has remained largely unknown to the American public despite a large number of groups and newspapers that have been written about it in the past.

The key fact is that Obama’s policy was essentially in diametric opposition to standard U.S. American policy. As American Arabist Raymond Ibrahim has explained, PSD-11, ultimately concluded,“… the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements.” 

Moderate? Hardly. And how wrong that decision was! As William Enghdale of Global Report explained in December 2018, what lay behind the surprise emergence of ISIS across Syria in 2014 was that PSD-11 involved the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in a “..blueprint for the most ambitious and far-ranging series of US-backed regime change across the Islamic Middle East since World War I and the Anglo-French Sykes-Picot agreement,…”

“It was to set off a wave of wars and chaos, of failed states and floods of war refugees unimaginable to the most cynical veteran diplomat, and beyond the belief of most lay persons in the world.”

Although PSD-11 has never been fully declassified, its aims were outlined in 2016 by Peter Hoekstra, the former chair of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in their “Investigative Project on Terrorism.”Some of Obama’s key operatives were also mentioned.  It again underlines that Obama and Clinton pivoted from historical U.S. strategy to a strategy favoring the aims of the MB regardless of the impact on regional stability.”

The Investigative Project’s report also claimed that PSD-11 directly led to U.S. engagement with the MB. Moreover, it concluded that, “U.S. officials did not concern themselves with questions over whether the new power structures[induced by regime change] would become allies or foes, or with intelligence agency warnings about the jihadist chaos such regime change might unleash.”

It is absolutely horrifying to read this report. Was Obama merely naive and foolish? And what did the press know? Certainly, an earlier reporter for the New York Times admitted to supposed knowledge of Obama’s MB connections in 2012 and tried hard to describe them as a good thing — a terror group that supports al Qaeda and ISIS! 

Another New York Times 2011 article also referred to PSD-11, with special emphasis on Egypt. What is important here is that in 2012, both Obama and Hillary backed the narrow election in Egypt of Muslim Brotherhood president Muhammad Morsi.  There followed massive demonstrations by millions of Egyptians bristling under draconian Sharia law, who cheered when El Sisi’s miltiary overthrew Morsi, having found him even worse than El Sisi. Obama then put sanctions on U.S. foreign aid to Egypt. 

The Egyptian’s surely will not welcome further U.S. plans in this direction if Biden is elected. In 2017, the MB was still attacking Coptic (Christian) churches in Egypt and killing Christians as they have elsewhere in the world. To this day, the Egyptians despise Obama. 

It thus becomes understandable why Obama tried to take down Trump as well as Flynn. As the author of of Field of Flight, How We Can Win The Global War Against Radical Islam And Its Allies, Flynn was simply a foe to be destroyed.

Domestic policy; Obama’s true plans for America. But Obama’s efforts have not just been confined to foreign policy. Following prescribed Sharia law, he has also been working hard to Islamize America, with its basic Christian-Judaic ethic.

Consider that on July 21, 2020, Joe Biden declared to Islam activist Linda Sarsour at a Million Muslim Votes summit  “If I have the honor of being president, I will end the Muslim ban on day one. He then accused the Trump Administration of “Islamicphobia” and stated that, “One of the things I think is important, I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith.”Really? what about Christianity and Judaism? Or other religions? 

As early as 2015 The American Center for Law and Justice, backed up by the million member Act for America (ACT) began speaking of a “nationwide epidemic” and they didn’t mean Covid-19. Parents from California ot Maine contacted ACT — concerned about the teaching of Islam in their local schools.” In 2017, as reported by the Washington Post and other papers, nationwide rallies and marches took place from coast to coast against the teaching of sharia law in the schools and were attacked by the Antifa and other counter protestors.

Biden’s Puppet Master. The religious indoctrination of school children has proceeded under the Machiavellian puppet master, Obama, who is pulling doddering Biden’s strings. Under Obama’s previous watch U.S. taxpayers were being forced to fund “pro-Islamic propaganda”and Biden wants more of it. This is also the sameLinda Sarsour, who upholds disavowal of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.


The takedown of both Flynn and Trump was part of a larger plan in which the Obama brilliantly tried but failed to create the Manchurian candidate Trump.  He thus helped to craft a hall of mirrors in which America’s own principles of opposing racism and endorsing the American melting pot and multi-culturalism, were weaponized. The race card became the scimitar in which to impale our Constitution and our way of life.

There will likely never be enough conclusive evidence for the left to believe that Obama is an agent of the MB. But questions must be raised. No matter the outcome, the truth must out. Americans deserve to know it before the election because if Trump is defeated, it will be too late. What is clear is that Obama has acted in secrecy and with malicious intent. He did not risk organizing the takedown of Trump and Flynn simply because he didn’t like their politics — but rather because their policies in defense of America and its Constitution disagreed with his own.

Is Qatari Money Funding Terrorism?

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Qatar allegedly continues to put out billions of dollars in supporting and financing terrorist and extremist operations in Europe. It is reported in international newspapers that Qatar sends its funds through the Qatar Charity Foundation, where they were recently provided with about 71 million euros to be delivered to the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe under a charitable cover .

It has been stated by various sources the alleged details of Qatar’s plans, with the participation of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and the participation of Doha in establishing more than 90 centers for the terrorist group in various European countries. Reports also revealed the contribution of the Qatar Charity Foundation in financing 140 projects in Europe worth more than 120 million euros, including 47 projects in Italy, 22 projects in France and Spain, and 10 projects in Germany. The British newspaper The Times, confirmed that the Qatari “Al-Rayan” bank in Britain was involved in providing financial services to terrorist organizations in United kingdom.

Another report said that Qatar allegedly spends billions of dollars to penetrate the Western education system to improve the image of the Qatar regime and cover its terrorist operations as part of and propaganda for the benefit of Doha. Lawyers confirmed that it is a violation of US federal laws and requires comprehensive investigations. Qatar’s contributions exceed more than 1.5 billion to fund a range of initiatives in educational institutions at 28 American universities, making it one of the most prolific foreign funders in the American educational system,  raising doubts about the possible hidden objectives of the Qatari government from these suspicious donations.


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The Danger of Returning Muslim Foreign Fighters in Europe and their Cooperation with Local Sleeper Cells.

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Masked gunman run towards a victim of their gun fire outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

by:Rami Dabbas

Europe is awaiting uncommon and unpredictable jihadist threats that are not only linked to specific organizations, but are also based on local extremism originating from within. In addition, European fighters who were in Syria and Iraq later returned to their country of origin. This exacerbates the problem of the  presence of internal and sleeper cells in Europe.

In spite of Islamic State’s defeat in Syria and Iraq, European security officials are feeling rather anxious. The defeat of the terrorist organizations in the Middle East means that imminent future problems will occur in Europe, given the surrender of the European fighters and their return to their homes. The fighters may have been defeated on the battlefield, but they still hold on to their extremism, having acquired invaluable military technical expertise, while in the ranks of militant terrorist groups.

However, 2017 was the year of “home-grown terrorism” in Europe, not the year of the return of foreign fighters. When examining the record of the 16 terrorist attacks that occurred in 2017 in Austria, Finland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden, we will find that all of their perpetrators were local extremists, not returning fighters. Even the Islamic State claimed responsibility only for seven of these attacks.

And of course, the doubling of the number of unpopular attacks that are not claimed by any particular group, but carried out by individuals without ties to jihadi Islamist organizations underscores the fact that Europe is heading towards a multi-faced, unpredictable jihadist threat, and this is what the major European security services fear.

In this context, the “local” or “home-grown” attackers are those European individuals who have not traveled to Iraq or Syria, but who act on behalf of foreign jihadi Islamist organizations, after they have developed contacts with them online, or feel ideological contact with them. Therefore, since they did not travel to terrorist territory or have physical contact  with these terrorist organizations, this makes the matter more complicated for the security services, in terms of predicting or preventing such attacks.

Indeed, it is a clearly European problem. The majority of the attackers are first-generation immigrants who have lived in Europe for many years or settled in them as second-generation individuals. It is possible that members of the first generation arrived in Europe without terrorist intentions, but later became extremists, like their second generation colleagues.

The (local) attackers are also older than foreign fighters, so the “youth category” component is not a useful as security indicator for European security services. It is also noticeable that many of the attackers have a criminal record.

Attack methods have changed as well, and apart from the Barcelona attack, all 2017 attacks in Europe were individual actions. With the exception of the two failed attacks in Brussels and Paris, the attacks of 2017 were unfamiliar and generally uncomplicated, and this of course is a change from the sophisticated and technologically developed plans that terrorist cells have developed in the past.

What increases the danger of the threats that await Europe are the returning European fighters after the defeat of the Islamic State in the Middle East, including fighters, planners, promoters and recruiting specialists. Of course, the threat of the return of foreign fighters is no less ominous than that of local extremists.

These (European) foreign fighters can recruit and encourage individuals in Europe to work locally, without inciting them to travel to join ISIS. For example, the Marseille striker is believed to have become radicalized by his brother, who fought with ISIS in Syria between 2014 and 2016. More broadly, returnees may become a real threat in the long run, working as extremist agent recruiters starting with prisons,  for example.

The extremist recruitment experts certainly have a wide range of goals, especially since the European Union is home to up to 50,000 “extremist” Muslims. The concern is that extremism continues to grow in many Western European countries. Of course, the “snowball effect” would serve the extremists well when they attract family or friends alongside them, concerning in the absence of adequate treatment for the fertile environment of extremism in Europe. To make matters worse, “mutual extremism” has become a serious problem, which leads to mutual violence by various parties.

Germany Bans Hezbollah

by: Rami Dabbas


How is Germany important to Hezbollah?

In the footsteps of the  United States of America and The United Kingdom, the authorities in Germany recently announced a complete ban on the activities of the Lebanese “Hezbollah” in Germany.  After it revealed a serious intention to take such a step several months ago,  the security in Germany began a campaign to pursue and besiege each of the Militia’s followers on German soil; This places Hezbollah in a real predicament, given their vital dependence on an external network of supporters spread throughout the world.

Institutions and centers

Germany represents one of the countries that has witnessed an extensive spread of Hezbollah institutions, religious centers and associations, and it seeks to mobilize support for it. According to a report published by “Fox News”  based on German intelligence reports issued last year, there are 1050 Hezbollah operatives active in Germany, and that about 30 mosques and cultural centers on German soil have links to Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is facing a real dilemma with increasing pressure on its branches and the pursuit of its working with institutions in the countries of the world; especially those responsible for providing and transporting money. The German Ministry of the Interior indicated that the authorities are investigating mosques and associations linked to “Hezbollah”, on charges related to financial support and propaganda for the Militia in Europe.
The “Fox News” report also revealed intelligence information in Bremen, stating that the “Mustafa Community Center“, controlled by “Hezbollah”, is a major fundraising center for the Militia, and it worked to send funds directly to its headquarters in Beirut.
Hezbollah, by setting up an infrastructure of this size for Hezbollah in Germany, opens wide questions about its tasks; whether at the level of money transfers or prohibited trade, pointing out that there is an intelligence war to reveal what Hezbollah is doing in more than one country in the world, and this has lead to an organized international campaign against the Militia.
Hezbollah has an external operations unit that is trying to find a foothold in all areas vital to the Militia; Either in Latin America or in Europe.

An important step

Canada, the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, Israel, the League of Arab States, and a number of Latin American countries currently  entirely ban the organization of Hezbollah; but the European Union banned only the “military wing” of Hezbollah in 2013, while allowing its “political wing” to operate in Europe.
Hezbollah has always relied on a network connections to the organization, associations, and foundations in many countries of the world; with the aim of mobilizing financing on the one hand, and finding logistical headquarters for its activities on the other hand, with Germany’s recent ban putting them in a predicament.
The German government justified its important move to besiege the Militia; because of its “continuing to demand the annihilation of Israel and the fight against its existence”, in addition to the party’s responsibility for the killing of many people in different regions around the world; among them are hundreds of thousands of Syrians.
Germany is of great importance to the party; it is considered a safe haven for some of its members, and this is what the German Foreign Ministry said, noting that “the party is working to collect donations in Germany and Europe through all the organizations and associations that have close ties with Arab and Islamic countries”.
As the German step is very important, because it opens the way for more countries to follow their example in Europe. In Germany, there are no official institutions that work directly for Hezbollah. This made the tracking task difficult, but the authorities succeeded in confining them and storming them in several German cities after the ban was issued.

MPP Gila Martow deserves an apology from NCCM and Jaffari Centre

On May 21, 2020, Canadian Jewish Record published an article concerning PC MPP Gila Martow’s apology to the Jaffari Islamic Centre for her tweet about CD4HR activist Firas Al Majim. This apology was prompted by NCCM (National Council of Canadian Muslims) a watchdog group against Islamophobia. According to the article, “A Jewish MPP and an Islamic centre in her riding have kissed and made up following two days of pointed verbiage.”

Canadian Jewish Record is a new online publication, the brainchild of Bernie Farber, who is co-founder and publisher, Ron Csillag, co-founder and editor, Zack Babins, associate editor, Josh Tapper, associate editor and Michael Marmer, photo editor.

Did Canadian Jewish Record get it wrong? Should the article perhaps have read “Gila Martow deserves an apology”?

NCCM accused Martow of failing to contact the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto (ISIJ) before issuing her statement. “As would have been abundantly clear if MPP Martow had endeavoured to undertake the appropriate diligence that a reasonable person would have expected by actually calling the Jaffari Community Centre, she would have been immediately informed that this video and message was made by someone who had no authorization to do so,” said Mustafa Farooq, CEO of NCCM. Farooq further said, “Putting out a press release without getting all the facts straight – and without even endeavouring to do so – is simply unacceptable.”

The allegation made by NCCM was based on ISIJ’s statement. “We do not know the individual who recorded himself on our premises at the Jaffari Community Centre in the City of Vaughan,” said ISIJ of Toronto Vice President, Shafiq Ebrahim. “The individual came to our premises without our authorization and we did not request nor allow this recording to occur,” he added. 

NCCM believed ISIJ’s statement was reliable. Did NCCM “undertake the appropriate diligence” to verify the ISIJ’s statement about “not knowing” Firas Al-Najim? 

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs found contradicting accounts. On March 31, 2019 Firas Al Najim published the letter he sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to this document, Shafiq Ebrahim,the Vice President of the Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto, endorsed Firas Al Najim’s letter. 

A few years ago Firas Al Najim issued a statement in which he wrote: “Eid Mubarak… special thanks for all the Hospitality and hardwork in all centers from Al Zahra Center, Imam Ali Center, Al Huda Center, Al Mostafa Center, Masumeen Center, Jaffari Center, Imam Al Mahdi Center…” 

Moreover, On May 19, 2020 Canadian Defenders For Human Rights (CD4HR) issued the following statement:

UNFORTUNATELY @isijoftoronto @JaffariCC Administration have lied & dissociated from our manager @Islamic_HR [Firas Al Najim] out of fear of the #Zionist politician @GilaMartow & the zionist influential bullying network. Al Najim had permission & is embedded in the community. DETAILED RELEASE SOON

Interestingly, in their statement both NCCM and ISIJ referred to Firas Al-Najim as “this individual” failing to mention his name, the organization he runs (CD4HR), his previous highly controversial statements against Israelis, Zionists and Jews let alone failing to condemn his speech in question. They completely ignored that.

It appears that the Canadian Jewish Record chose the wrong headline. MPP Gila Martow deserves an apology from NCCM and ISIJ.

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