Problems on hold
After nearly one-and-a-half years of dithering that raised not a few apprehensions, UK Premier David Cameron earlier this month announced the findings of a report on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). In April 2014, Cameron had commissioned the British security apparatus to review the MB, their origin, dogma, activity and operations, and organisation inside and outside the UK.
On 17 December, Cameron made public his government’s review of the long-awaited report, citing its most important findings as well as the policies the UK government intends to adopt directly or in the future so as to closely survey the MB and curb terrorism and violence.
Those who still doubt the connection between the MB and violent terrorist groups in the Arab World and in Europe, especially in the UK which has over recent years offered the MB a safe haven, are invited to read the “Muslim Brothers: the origin of terrorism” report issued by the International Criminal Law Bureau’s9 Bedford Row (9BR) last April. The 9BR report was reviewed by the media the world over, and in detail in Watani [http://en.wataninet.com/opinion/editorial/muslim-brothers-the-origin-of-terrorism/13600/]. The report establishes that “the history of the MB since its inception in the 1920s has been closely linked to its ‘secret apparatus’, the group’s military arm. This remained the inspiration for all terrorist organisations and groups around the world, from al-Qaeda and IS, to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis in Sinai, Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabaab in Somalia, and others”. In my review of the 9BR report, I commented that albeit offering nothing new to Egyptians, the 9BR is especiallyimportant since it was issued by the London based International Criminal Law Bureau, and may possibly alert international powers that still embrace the MB to their potential peril.
I will shed light on the most important points that featured in Cameron’s statement on the 9BR report and the UK government’s plan:
The review was completed in July 2014.In preparing its policy response to the Review the Government has continued to assess developments in the MB in Egypt and elsewhere, including through the new Extremism Analysis Unit.
In 2010 a television documentary showed members of the Islamic Forum for Europe privately advocating sharia law in Tower Hamlets and actively seeking influence in the Council.
The Muslim Association of Britain have consistently opposed programmes by successive governments to prevent terrorism.
Cameron in his statement did not ban the Muslim Brotherhood altogether in Britain. The Prime Minister said Britain “will keep under review the views that are promoted and activities that are undertaken by Muslim Brotherhood associates in the UK”, to assess whether they meet the banning criteria.
27 December 2015