This report from the Centre for Social Cohesion (thanks to Robert) indicates that there is much more to the Islam Is Peace campaign in Britain than meets the eye.
The public face of Islam-is-Peace is campaign coordinator Yusra Khreegi and spokesman Ihtisham Hibatullah – both also high-profile figures in the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB). Islam-is-Peace’s website does not name the group’s directors, and the group has refused to name any of its 15-member leadership committee.
Press releases on Islam-is-Peace issued by the Muslim Council of Britain and the British Muslim Initiative (a MAB offshoot run by Anas Altikriti) name Ihtisham Hibatullah as the group’s media contact. Hibatullah is long-time Media Director for the MAB and has also acted as spokesman for the BMI, using the same mobile phone number in all three capacities.
When contacted by The Centre for Social Cohesion, Hibatullah said that the MAB supported but did not direct Islam-is-Peace, and that his own involvement was personally motivated. He refused to name the group’s leaders.
The MAB is dominated by four men: founder Kamal Helbawy, former president Anas Altikriti, spokesman Azzam Tamimi and former president Mohammed Sawalha – all allegedly involved with the Muslim Brotherhood, including its Palestinian branch, Hamas.
Egyptian-born Kamal Helbawy joined the Muslim Brotherhood at age twelve, and later served as its spokesman in Europe. He founded the MAB in 1997.
Anas Altikriti is the son of Osama Altikriti, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq.
Azzam Tamimi, a Palestinian, worked as spokesman for the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood from 1989 to 1992. Ihtisham Hibatullah, the Islam-is-Peace spokesman, has described Tamimi as “one of our leading political thinkers and a leading member of the Association”.
Mohammed Sawalha fled the Palestinian territories for Britain in 1990, wanted by Israeli authorities for Hamas activism. From London, he allegedly raised and channelled funds for Hamas until 1993, when Israeli authorities arrested one of his key operatives.
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