Source: Middle East Eye

Threat of Muslim Brotherhood ban leaves community in fear

By: Ali Harb

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers last month that Washington should prioritise defeating Islamic State militants to then focus on “radical” groups, including al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The subtle reference lumping al-Qaeda, the militant organisation behind the 9/11 attacks, with a popular political movement that reaches across the Middle East and North Africa, is telling of a broader animosity toward the Muslim Brotherhood in the Trump administration, observers say.  While such a designation may harm Washington’s already rocky relations with Muslims across the world, rights groups warn that it may have disastrous domestic effects – that it would enable the government to further scapegoat and crack down on Muslim American groups and individuals. Read more here.

 

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