The Middle East Forum website warned the United States against attempts by the Brotherhood of the Libyan branch to break through the United States Congress; Especially with attempts at group-led segregation.
The site particularly warned against the Brotherhood candidate Muad Hrezi, a U.S. congressional candidate bankrolled by the Muslim Brotherhood branch of Libya.
The US website said Hrezi ran for Congress “disguised behind a progressive and reformist agenda, but the real goal of his candidacy was to extend the influence of the Brotherhood of the Libyan branch of Congress.”
Muad Hrezi is a 27-year-old U.S. Connecticut candidate according to federal election data.
The Libyan American’s campaign is bankrolled by a dangerous group of Brotherhood members and terrorism financiers, and senior officials allegedly tied to Libya’s violent and illiberal Muslim Brotherhood movement.
According to the website, a number of senior political public figures made generous contributions to Hrezi’s campaign in an attempt to unseat Congressman John Larson, who had been a member for 11- term, raking in nearly $500,000 since launching his campaign in Connecticut.
Many of these contributions came from out-of-state donors, with just 72 of 242 individual donations raised in 2021 coming from Connecticut residents.
Hrezi’s Brotherhood Financiers
Many of Hrezi’s donors are deeply invested in the outcome of Libya’s civil war, which began prior to the 2011 overthrow of Libyan President Mu’ammar Al-Qadhdhāfī. In particular, some of Hrezi’s backers have supported Islamist-aligned political parties and militias in control of West Libya, while they have opposed the secular and military factions in the country’s east.
Hrezi enjoys the full support of the Libyan American Alliance, a political advocacy group led by Muslim Brotherhood-linked ideologues who oppose to the Libyan National Army and its leader, General Khalifa Haftar, and it has lobbied for legislation that singles out the general for alleged “war crimes” and they oppose all efforts to bring peace to Libya.
According to the US website, the Libyan-American Alliance was supported by senior Brotherhood members in Libya, and also hosted a number of Libyan officials loyal to the Brotherhood.
According to the site, under the US Internal Revenue Code, nonprofits such as the “Libyan-American Coalition” cannot intervene (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Among the most prominent donors to Hrezi’s Brotherhood campaign is Essam Omeish, who donated $5,000, and the group’s executive director of the Brotherhood’s Mongi Dhaouadi donated $800.
Omeish was designated as a terrorist and international member of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2017 by the Defence and National Security Committee of the Libyan House of Representatives.
Indeed, Omeish previously served as president of the Muslim American Society, an organization whose founding members once acknowledged was the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Dhaouadi, is a member of the American Bureau of Ennahda, Tunisia’s official Muslim Brotherhood political party, and he helps cultivate the Islamist party’s image on Capitol Hill.
Another prominent Libyan American activist, Emadeddin Muntasser, served as the Secretary General of the Libyan American Public Affairs Council and has contributed $6,000 to Hrezi in the attempt to join Congress.
Muntasser is a convicted criminal accused of using an Islamic charity to finance terrorism, according to the New York Post, and wrote to Obama in 2016 to express support for the Derna Revolutionary Council, a al- Qaeda -linked militia which he described as “an alliance of moderate Islamists and local municipal council leaders.”
In addition to Libyan American activists, Hrezi’s donors from the Libyan political sphere extend to the highest levels of public office.
Mustafa Abushagur, who donated $950 to the Hrezi campaign, was briefly elected the prime minister-designate of Libya, until he received a vote of no confidence for failing to form a representative cabinet, which was “believed to include several members of the Muslim Brotherhood,” according to Reuters.
Aly Ramadan Abuzaakouk, another Hrezi donor, served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of National Salvation, and included alongside Omeish in a list of 75 individuals identified as terrorists by Libya’s secular House of Representatives party.
Naeem Al-Gheriany was an advisor to Libya’s post-revolutionary government and was its first Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. He was a member of the American-Libyan Council, one of more than a half dozen pro-Islamist lobbies that Omeish helped to establish following Al-Qadhdhāfī’s ouster. So far, Hrezi has earned $5,800 from Al-Gheriany.
Besides supporting Islamist bureaucrats and politicians, some of Hrezi’s donors maintain connections to Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group that governs the Gaza Strip.
Many donors and supporters of the Hrezi’s campaign also hold leadership positions at the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Residents of Connecticut’s First District may be surprised to learn about Hrezi’s Islamist patrons, and how they might influence his agenda on a range of domestic and foreign policy issues. In interviews and campaign ads, the political novice claimed to adopt a progressive agenda that, in many ways, is at odds with the religious values espoused by his donors.
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