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US House Judiciary Committee Urges ‘Terrorist’ Designation of Muslim Brotherhood

US House Judiciary Committee Urges ‘Terrorist’ Designation of Muslim Brotherhood

 

Muslim Brotherhood supporters at a protest in February 2014
Muslim Brotherhood supporters at a protest in February 2014

The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, has urged the U.S. State Department to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a ‘foreign terrorist organization’.

The Committee passed a bill, H.R.3892, titled ‘The Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015’ on a vote of 17-10, according to a statement released to the media.

A summary of the decision requires the State Department to report within 60 days to Congress:

“Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Muslim Brotherhood has met the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization, and (2) the Department of State should so designate it,” reads the first point.

“Requires the State Department to report to Congress within 60 days whether the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria for foreign terrorist designation, and if not, which criteria have not been met.”

In a separate statement, the Committee said that the Egypt-founded organization aims to destroy Western civilization from within.

“The Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, remains headquartered in Egypt but operates throughout the world,” said the Committee in a press release.

“The Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic goal ‘in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Along with designating it a terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015 also bans anyone with links to the Muslim Brotherhood from entering the country. Moreover, it also criminalizes the provision of any material support to the organization and would allow for asset forfeiture.

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