Egyptian magazine claims six Muslims responsible for White House embrace of Muslim Brotherhood

An Egyptian magazine has claimed that six Muslims in the United States are responsbile for making the US more pro-Muslim Brotherhood

by Phoenix on 4 January 2013 12:15

Upon reporting President Morsi's hateful statements about the existence of the State of Israel yesterday, we noted that Barack Obama's White House has been incredibly kind to Morsi, especially regarding his brokering of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Egypt's Rose El-Youssef magazine may have the answer to why. It claims that six Muslims working in and around the White House have effectively shaped US policy, "from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood."

The Investigative Project on Terrorism offers a translation of the article, which asserts that much of the information is unsourced, and that the men are effectively Muslim Brotherhood operatives and sympathisers. This is certainly quite a claim.

From the IPT website: 

The six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Alikhan is a founder of the World Islamic Organization, which the magazine identifies as a Brotherhood "subsidiary." It suggests that Alikhan was responsible for the "file of Islamic states" in the White House and that he provides the direct link between the Obama administration and the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.

Elibiary, who has endorsed the ideas of radical Muslim Brotherhood luminary Sayyid Qutb, may have leaked secret materials contained in Department of Homeland Security databases, according to the magazine. He, however, denies having any connection with the Brotherhood.

Elibiary also played a role in defining the Obama administration's counterterrorism strategy, and the magazine asserts that Elibiary wrote the speech Obama gave when he told former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave power but offers no source or evidence for the claim.

According to Rose El-Youssef, Rashad Hussain maintained close ties with people and groups that it says comprise the Muslim Brotherhood network in America. This includes his participation in the June 2002 annual conference of the American Muslim Council, formerly headed by convicted terrorist financier Abdurahman Alamoudi.

He also participated in the organizing committee of the Critical Islamic Reflection along with important figures of the American Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal BarzinjiHisham al-Talib and Yaqub Mirza.

Regarding al-Marayati, who has been among the most influential Muslim American leaders in recent years, the magazine draws connections between MPAC in the international Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure.

Magid heads ISNA, which was founded by Brotherhood members, was appointed by Obama in 2011 as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security. The magazine says that has also given speeches and conferences on American Middle East policy at the State Department and offered advice to the FBI.

Rose El-Youssef says Patel maintains a close relationship with Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, and is a member of the Muslim Students Association, which it identifies as "a large Brotherhood organization."

To be very clear, I'm not claiming there is truth to the claims the Egyptian magazine makes, though the examples outlined are certainly interesting. The magazine, by the way, is a relatively old and 'trusted' source, though it has been known to propagandise in favour of the government of the time. Perhaps this is all another Morsi ploy to show his people how his organisation is so popular in the West - although I'm not sure what favours that would do him. 

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