While protesting against islamophobia, the Muslim Brotherhood youth organization FEMYSO promotes hatred towards Jews
The Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO), which officially aims to fight against islamophobia in Europe, has itself been found linked to anti-Semitic hate speech, while being deeply entrenched with the Muslim Brotherhood radical organization.
The youth organization, which only in June visited the European Parliament as part of the European Youth Event and receives funding from the European Union, is effectively the recruitment hub for the Muslim Brotherhood, which provides most of its constituent organizations and funding. FEMYSO is also sponsored by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, which has stated that “Jews are the enemies of the faithful, God, and the Angels; the Jews are humanity’s enemies … Every tragedy that inflicts the Muslims is caused by the Jews”.
FEMYSO is not – and has not even tried – to distance itself from such remarks. In 2016, its French branch Musulmans de France (formerly UOIF) had to cancel three conference speakers known for their anti-Semitic, homophobic and extremist views, after France’s interior minister stepped in.
UOIF has for decades been known for its openly anti-Semitic stance – in 2006, Professor Lorenzo Vidino, a senior fellow in international relations at Tufts University, wrote: “The have not abandoned their radical worldview and are occasionally caught making blatantly anti-Semitic remarks or defending the actions of Hamas. Books such as The Protocol of the Elders of Zionand works of [Muslim Brotherhood founder] al-Banna and Qutb are regularly sold at UOIF events.”
Only in May this year, Musulmans de France also tried to form imams, which then-prime minister Manuel Valls publicly opposed. To knock anti-Semitism and extremist ideologies out of FEMYSO will be hard to do under the current leadership. Its president is Youssef Himmat, the son of Ali Ghaleb Himmat, a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member who lives in Italy.
Youssef’s sister Huda was vice-president of FEMYSO until 2010, but it is the father who has done more for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe than either of his children. Ali Ghaleb Himmat set up Swiss bank al-Taqwa, together with the so-called ‘foreign minister for the Muslim Brotherhood’, Youssef Nada, in the late 1980s.
Al-Taqwa counted numerous Brotherhood and al-Qaida members among its clients, including two of Osama bin-Laden’s siblings and Ahmed Idris Nasreddin, the Eritrean businessman who was accused by former US president George W Bush of having co-financed the 9/11 attacks through funds held at al-Taqwa.
Since the bank professes to practice banking according to Sharia law and using the secretive hawala value transfer system, authorities found it impossible to shut down the al-Taqwa. With the bank’s reputation tarnished, however, the Muslim Brotherhood set up a new financing vehicle, again in Switzerland.
Lord Energy claims to ship bagged cement across the Mediterranean Sea, but does in fact export crude oil of nebulous sources from North Africa. And who better to look after the finances of the Muslim Brotherhood than Ali Ghaleb Himmat’s son – Youssef is the secretary of Lord Energy, a discreet Swiss trading company.
While Youssef Himmat is ensuring the Muslim Brotherhood remains funded and has access to new recruits through FEMYSO, he may want to target the anti-Semitic stance in his organisation to avoid attracting too much attention. With such a senior Muslim Brother’s son at the helm, FEMYSO is likely to attract that anyway.