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UAE denounces Obama backed Muslim group as a “terrorist organization”

The United Arab Eremites [UAE], a Muslim country, listed two American organization as “terrorist groups.” The groups are  the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] and Muslim American Society (MAS).

UAE now lists both groups side by side with ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

CAIR is directly supported by the Obama administration. They receive US taxpayer money to teach classes on Muslim sensitivity to US government employees, including the FBI. Members of Obama’s White House staff meet have met with leaders of CAIR.

UAE’s ambassador to the US said that CAIR is a “terrorism supporting organization.” CAIR has long been accused of being an American branch of the hardline Muslim Brotherhood. The Obama administration has provided support to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, but lists it as a “terrorist group” in Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, and other places.

CAIR has been accused of raising funds for branches of the Muslim Brotherhood still listed as a “terrorist group” by the US government. This includes Hamas, which is the Muslmi Brotherhood’s political party in the Gaza Strip. Hamas runs it’s own paramilitary organization called the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The Brigades have fought battles with Israeli troops, as well as Fatah, the US funded paramilitary organization of the Palestinian Authority.

The UAE put CAIR on it’s “terrorist group” list in an effort to get tough on the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda/ISIS are both hardline Wahhabist/Salafist Sunni Muslim, who support Sharia law. Al-Qaeda and ISIS completely reject democratic elections, while the Muslim Brotherhood runs political parties and competes in elections.

From Fox News…

Despite its good standing in Washington, CAIR has had its share of controversy. In 2007, the organization was named along with 300 others as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case regarding funding to extremist group Hamas. Its critics have long accused the group of having ties to groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Some terrorism experts applauded the UAE’s designation, saying CAIR is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The United Arab Emirates could have banned the Muslim Brotherhood and left it at that,” Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst for the Clarion Project, told “Instead, they went the extra mile to call out major Brotherhood affiliates in Europe and the U.S. The point that the UAE is making is that the Brotherhood operates in the West and it is worried about these affiliates’ influence on Western policy.

“Federal prosecutors have explicitly named CAIR and MAS as Muslim Brotherhood entities, yet the UAE is expressing more public concern about this than the U.S. does,” Mauro added. “Whereas they appear in our media and meet with our officials, the UAE views them as extremists unworthy of being treated as representatives of Muslims.”

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said his organization, as well as other Muslims who are against terrorism, are often unfairly portrayed

“Obama provided examples of religious leaders engaged in the ideological fight against extremism, quoting a Muslim sheikh who said, ‘We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace,’” Hooper said. “That sheikh is Abdullah bin Bayyah, a 79-year-old cleric who, even though lauded on the world stage for his recent efforts at peacemaking, is dogged by controversy over connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The UAE’s list was likely to ratchet up the pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood by lumping it together with extremists such as the Islamic State and Al Nusra, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.