A Dh200 million pledge by the UAE to help Interpol fight terrorism is the latest target in the campaign orchestrated by a British group with close links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The donation in 2017 to the Interpol Foundation for a Safer World was hailed by the secretary general Jürgen Stock as a “significant” boost to tackling security challenges posed by terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime.
The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in UK is to hold a panel discussion on Thursday at University College London (UCL), asking if Interpol is in danger of being manipulated for “political purposes” in the wake of the donation.
The complex web of connections is typical of the nexus of activists and campaigns that promote Muslim Brotherhood causes in Britain, according to Emma Webb, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society.
“The UK’s islamist scene is now an interconnected fluid alliance of movements sharing similar aims. They have built an ecosystem of organisations, media and literature outlets, lobby groups, educational institutions, charities, companies, hosting everything from conferences to recreational activities,” she said. “The Muslim Brotherhood spearheaded this approach – entering people’s lives and politics through every available route. By creating such a vast network, they are more than the sum of their parts and inflate their ability to influence.”
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