Cameron: ‘Muslim Brotherhood’s Ideology & Activities….Run Counter to British Values'

By Barbara Hollingsworth | December 21, 2015 | 5:27pm EST
British Prime Minister David Cameron. (AP photo)

( – “Aspects of the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) ideology and activities…run counter to British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, equality and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs,” British Prime Minister David Cameron stated in a written statement to Parliament Thursday.

Cameron was announcing stricter policies towards the Islamist group that fell short of an outright ban.

Britain’s latest crackdown on the MB was based on an internal classified review Cameron commissioned in 2014, which was conducted by Sir John Jenkins, former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Charles Farr, director general of the UK’s Home Office for Security and Counter Terrorism.

“Aspects of Muslim Brotherhood ideology and tactics, in this country and overseas, are contrary to our values and have been contrary to our national interests and our national security,” the duo wrote in the redacted public version.

“The main findings of the review support the conclusion that membership of, association with, or influence by the Muslim Brotherhood should be considered as a possible indicator of extremism,” Cameron noted.

The prime minister added that the new policies are needed “to ensure central and local government does not inadvertently provide legitimacy or a platform for [Islamic] extremists.”

He called for denying visas to Muslim Brotherhood members “who are on record as having made extremist comments” and intensified scrutiny “of the views and activities that Muslim Brotherhood members, associates and affiliates (whether based in the UK or elsewhere) promote overseas.”

The section of the report Cameron specifically cited as “the most important finding” deals with the founding of MB and its “highly ambiguous relationship with violent extremism.”

According to the report, Hassan al Banna, the Egyptian who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, called for the "progressive moral purificaiton of Muslim societies and their eventual political unification in a Caliphate under sharia law."

Banna "accepted the political utility of violence, and the Brotherhood conducted attacks, including political assassinations and attempted assassinations against Egyptian state targets and both British and Jewish interests during his lifetime.”

Members of Muslim Brotherhood. (AP photo)

Sayyid Qutb, MB’s “key ideologue,” promoted the doctrine of takfirism, which “has consistently been understood as a doctrine permitting the stigmatization of other Muslims as infidel or apostate, and of existing states as unIslamic, and the use of extreme violence in the pursuit of the perfect Islamic society… Jihad was neither solely spiritual nor defensive.”

“Sir John concluded that it was not possible to reconcile these views with the claim made by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood” that it has “consistently adhered to peaceful means of opposition, renouncing all forms of violence throughout its existence,” the report said.

“From its foundation the Muslim Brotherhood organised itself into a secretive ‘cell structure’ with an elaborate induction and education programme for new members,” the report added. “It relied heavily on group solidarity and peer pressure to maintain discipline. This clandestine, centralized and hierarchial structure persists to this day.”

The report noted that “their public narrative – notably in the West - emphasized engagement not violence. But there have been significant differences between Muslim Brotherhood communications in English and Arabic.”

 “The Hamas founding charter claims they are the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim Brotherhood treat them as such. In the past ten years support for Hamas (including in particular funding) has been an important priority for the MB in Egypt and the MB international network.”

The European Union and the U.S. State Department have both designated Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Muslim Brotherhood lawyer Tayab Ali called the report "deeply flawed," adding that MB officials were not given a chance to respond to the review panel's conclusions.

"My clinet does not accept that the criticisms are credible. They are deeply misguided and wrong. We will be challenging the process of the review and its findings in court," he said.

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