Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Swedish blog Ledarsidorna. It was written by Johan Westerholm, an expert on the Muslim Brotherhood and the author of the book The Muslim Brotherhood — Islamism in Sweden:
Muslim Brotherhood strengthens its influence over the American Congress
The Muslim Brotherhood’s most influential North American networking organization, CAIR, is advancing its position. The Brotherhood now has support from 30 American members of Congress.
Earlier in December, one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s largest and most influential North American networking organizations, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), was noted by Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and 29 other Congressional colleagues who together urged Facebook to take immediate action to eliminate anti-Muslim exaggeration platforms.
In the call to Facebook, examples were given of “the way platforms are used to de-humanize Muslims” as well as how Facebook stays passive in relation to this.
In the letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Dingell demanded that Facebook immediately carry out the following measures:
- Form a working group consisting of higher-level executives with a focus on anti-Muslim issues, and responsible for coordinating work within the company to confront hate groups and education against discrimination.
- Ensure that policies prohibit whites from using the platform for events and group sites in order to terrorize Muslims and other vulnerable groups.
- Undertake an independent review by third parties of the company’s role in enabling anti-Muslim violence and genocide against Muslims.
- Commit to working proactively in the discovery and removal of anti-Muslim content and all other forms of hate before it is even seen.
- Conduct regular training against discrimination for all of Facebook’s personnel.
- Education of key personnel in civil rights issues and common words, phrases or images used by hate actors in order to de-humanize and demonize Muslims.
That the Brotherhood’s role will change and gain increased influence with a Democrat president in the White House is considered inevitable. That CAIR will advance its positions will come as no surprise. An influence that will increase, given the majority Democrats have in the American Congress.
The question is more how CAIR and Swedish organizations like Ibn Rushd, the Islamic Association of Sweden, and Islamic Relief choose to tone down their connection with the ever more pressured Brotherhood.
But that the Brotherhood continues to make demands upon, among others, Facebook, with US Congressional support, is a development reasonably to be expected. Whether that is directly through network organizations such as CAIR or via a second network which is not as clearly associated with the Brotherhood will be shown in the future.